So, by now, y’all have doubtless heard about the head of Chick-fil-A, Dan Cathy, saying that his restaurant stands for the traditional definition of marriage, and the ensuing uproar that occurred, with the mayors of Chicago and Boston saying that Chick-fil-A is not welcome to expand into their cities – and the Muppets ending their business dealings with them (oh noes!), the sodomites planning a ‘Kiss-in’ for August 3, and Billy Graham praising Dan Cathy for his courageous stand, and Mike Huckabee encouraging fellow Christians to have a day of solidarity with Chick-fil-A, by a mass visit to their locations on August 1. (This is what some call a ‘buycott’, the opposite of a boycott – deliberately patronizing a business one wishes to support.)
I’ve never eaten at a Chick-fil-A, because there are no locations here in Canada, nor in any of the states I’ve visited, but not only have I long wanted to try them, and I would certainly do my part, if I was near one.
I find it interesting, though, that we have reached this state of affairs, where businesses feel the need to affirm that their business stands on either one side or the other of the culture war (latest example, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos), rather than make no public pronouncements one way or the other on such matters, so as to not offend potential customers of various different mindsets, and potentially appeal to all.
What gives? Is there really more money to be made by completely alienating one side on a particular issue, by vocally supporting the other side? Why bother? Isn’t the business of business still making money, primarily?
P.S. As mentioned, we don’t have any locations up here in Canada; just like this guy, my first time learning about them was in the late ’90s, through the second verse of the great Ben Folds Five song ‘Army’. He has posted the uncensored version, which is great, but I still also like the amusing, well-choreographed video:
Update: found a couple funny videos praising Chick-fil-A (predating recent events, I’m sure; HT: bluebird of bitterness), by Christian comedian Tim Hawkins: