Not to make too lightly of the controversy surrounding Chick-fil-A, but everytime I read about it I hear Ben Folds Five’s song “Army”:
Grew a mustache and a mullet, got a job at Chick-fil-A
Citing artistic differences, the band the broke up in May
And in June reformed without me and they got a different name
I nuked another Grandma’s Apple Pie and hung my head in shame
It’s the only song I know that uses the word(s?) Chick-fil-A. It doesn’t have any particular relevance other than to distract me from what’s going on here. And what’s really going on here is the head of a fast food chain says he’s against gay marriage. I’ve never eaten at Chick-fil-A and wouldn’t anyway despite the row. It just sounds awful. But I simply don’t care what this fellow thinks. Not enough to do what this guy did:
An Arizona corporate executive lost his job when his boss saw a video of him harassing a Chick-fil-A employee posted on YouTube. I’m not sure what compelled this gent to lose it on a teenage clerk and actually plot to do so. I’ll bet he’s asking the same question now too.
On the upside (for the company), millions of people turned out in support of Chick-fil-A yesterday by buying their product. On the downside, that hate and discrimination thing aside, millions of people ate at Chick-fil-A. Punch up MapQuest and you can almost see Alabama busting its borders.
BTW: I’m not against gay marriage. I know a lot of people are but I’m not one of them. I’m not against chicken either. We had it last night. Barbecued tandoori style on our grill. I am for free speech and the right to publicly and peacefully protest. I am against insanity. Why the head of a company would alienate millions of potential customers by saying something like this seems insane. As is making a video of yourself harassing an unrelated person about it and losing your job. But in America, you have the inalienable right to be a complete idiot. Isn’t it refreshing to see Americans exercising their rights?