Chick-fil-A probably would have been better off finding a new place to donate their money. CEO Dan Cathy's support for anti-gay groups is hurting them in many ways. The individual boycotts may not do a whole lot, but the big cuts -- Chicago, Boston, and the Jim Henson company -- are going to hit their bottom line hard.
Anyone who believes otherwise should take a look at the company's pathetic attempts to cover up the bad publicity. Thus far their PR people have possibly posed as a teenage girl on Facebook to defend the company and they have made up a preposterous lie about Jim Henson's toys being dangerous for kids (insert major eye roll) when the real reason there are no Muppets toys is Jim Henson's company refused to do business with them and donated all their money to gay rights organization GLAAD.
We should all boycott them for their business mistakes alone.
Many people are offended and sending messages of support to the embattled chicken chain, but let's face it: they are in the minority.
People in this country are disgusted by the message of hate this chain is peddling and they aren't going to stand for it. While individual boycotts may not hurt, the incredible corporate boycotts might. Both the cities of Boston and Chicago are trying to block Chick-fil-A from entering the city. Tom Menino, the mayor of Boston, said in a letter to the company's president Dan Cathy:
You called supporters of gay marriage 'prideful.' Here in Boston, to borrow your own words, we are 'guilty as charged.' We are indeed full of pride for our support of same-sex marriage and our work to expand freedom to all people. We are proud that our state and our city have led the way for the country on equal marriage rights ... There is no place for discrimination on Boston's Freedom Trail and there is no place for your company alongside it.
Dang! Those are fighting words. The fact is, everyone has a right to an opinion, but not all opinions are equal. Discrimination (the kind against a WHOLE GROUP of people) has no place in this country, and yes, we will boycott to fight it.
Sure, Cathy has a "right" to his opinion. But Cathy's opinion is that it's OK to oppress a whole group of citizens because of his religious beliefs. There is no oppression in a boycott. There is no hate. It's just citizens peacefully disagreeing and putting their money (literally) where their mouth is.
Opinions that promote bigotry and hate deserve to be stopped. If we can't change someone's mind, then we can stop using their product or service in protest. It's the power of this country.
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