The last couple of weeks have been a blur of hate speech and anger. I cannot remember a time when a fast food chain had divided the nation so much, but because of the words of their CEO, Chick-fil-a has found themselves in a battle royale between the two sides of the country.
I know it will not be a popular opinion. Some people’s view of me will probably be altered because of this, but in this turbulent time, I do not feel that I would be doing anyone a service by keeping this view to myself. It has to be said.
Chick-fil-a is overrated.
Now, I want to start by saying that I like Chick-fil-a. I think it is tasty. The sandwiches are good and their waffle fries are plenty flavorsome. I enjoy their lemonade and have never had a bad milkshake there. All around, it is one of the better fast food chains I have visited.
Unfortunately, eating there is no longer about food.
It all started when CEO Dan Cathy stated in a magazine interview that he and his company support the “biblical definition of the family unit.” Cathy thought this would be a very popular thing to say. After all, he was speaking to the Baptist Press. Cathy knows to play to his audience and that audience would eat a condemnation of gay marriage up.
Somehow, though, this article got out to the public. Probably via the internet. It seems a lot of things get out that way these days.
It turns out, the gay community did not care for this statement. They decided it was against them, so the gay rights community called for a boycott. Then, the religious right called for whatever the opposite of a boycott would be. I guess a girlcott would be the obvious answer.
So while one group was boycotting a chicken restaurant to show their support for gay marriage, another group was flooding it to show their support of not supporting gay marriage. It was a very confusing time to say the least.
Now the world is split in two: Those who love gay people and therefore refuse to eat a good chicken sandwich and those who hate gay people but get to partake in the chicken sandwich. To eat there, you have to make the decision as to which camp you align with.
That is a lot of pressure just for fast food.
Having had Chick-fil-a, I can say it is good. It is not good enough, though, for a person to have to analyze their religious and political ideals just to determine if setting foot in the restaurant goes against everything you stand for.
I prefer my fast food to be baggage free. If I want to eat trash that will eventually kill me, I do not want to think about it too much. The longer I analyze the decision, the more I realize that I am about to shove a bunch of deep-fried crap in my mouth. Making a person debate whether or not they want to eat in a particular establishment is not a good business model for any fast food restaurant. You want people to, without thinking, walk in, order the fried blah blah with extra bacon, three cheeses, and special sauce. Thinking is the fast food restaurant’s enemy.
Now, I have no idea what to do. I do not want to be considered a bigot nor do I want to be condemned to an eternity of pain and suffering. I just want a chicken sandwich.
I guess I have no choice but to head to one of the other 160,000 fast food restaurants in America to locate something to shove in my fat gob. It may not be as tasty, but it comes with no politics.
Politic free: just the way I like my poultry.
- Hundreds turn out in Racine to support Chick-fil-A (jsonline.com)
- “Drive-through lanes were backed up and dining rooms were packed at Chick-fil-A restaurants across the nation today…” (althouse.blogspot.com)
- “The backlash has been ferocious”: Pro-family supporters pack Chick-fil-A restaurants nationwide (foxnews.com)
- Palin: Chick-fil-A owner “getting crucified” (cbsnews.com)