Chick-Fil-A and the people who support them • Instinct Magazine
Remember the days of the Culture Wars when the LGBTQ community united against an anti-gay marriage company and beat it in the court of public opinion with a successful boycott?
No? Neither do I.
Many of us have vague fond memories of the media storm that surrounded the comments of the president of Chick-Fil-A, the popular restaurant chain run by a Baptist family in Southern Georgia. For a hot second, all of our allies on MSNBC, in politics, even our gay friends who rarely followed the news seemed to be aware that going to Chick-Fil-A was verboten.
white girls who posted black squares on instagram after being ordered to boycott chickfila and starbucks pic.twitter.com/fmFyjWDYRJ
– local guide (@smellby_smaws) June 13, 2020
What really happened is the following.
In the summer of 2012 (these things always seem to be happening in a presidential election year, to ignite the political bases of both the FOX News right and the MSNBC left), the Chick-Fil chairman said. -To Dan Cathy in a series of interviews and subsequent tweets that he was against marriage equality. Specifically, “I think we are seeking God’s judgment on our nation when we wave our fists at Him and say, ‘We know better than you what constitutes a marriage.’ I pray the mercy of God on our generation which has such a proud and arrogant attitude that we have the audacity to define what marriage is.
OK whatever. It almost seems odd when you think back to his comments, given everything the Trump years have unleashed on us like a fire hose.
Growing up in the South, I remember that Chick-Fil-A was always closed on Sunday, âLord’s Day,â out of respect for the Sabbath. It just made our lunch choices at the Augusta Mall food court a little easier without their optional availability, and we knew the business was run by conservative Christians. We didn’t think about it anymore.
So it wasn’t much of a flash to learn that the company was also against marriage equality. But suddenly everyone rose up over Cathy’s comments. LGBTQ groups staged a boycott, while Arkansas Governor (and FOX News permanent guest) Mike Huckabee led a counterboycott that supported Chick-Fil-A.
Guess which side won?
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In the short term, sales of Chick-Fil-A have skyrocketed. Christians and conservatives flocked to support the chain, and the restaurant became a kind of political signal of the impending cancellation culture that would later develop as the left held individuals and institutions accountable for their words and for their actions. their actions.
In the medium term, marriage equality has obviously become the law of the land thanks to the Obergefell decision of the Supreme Court in 2015. Chick-Fil-A’s support for âtraditional marriageâ has waned as it fades. was trying to refocus on his business and withdraw from the media spotlight. as the symbol of a lost crusade. But it remains a company deeply influenced by its Southern Baptist founders and board of directors.
Recently, Business Insider reported who is the average Chick-Fil-A customer today. I imagined that after nearly a decade of public scrutiny and as a symbol of the political right, their clients would mirror the typical Trumpist / FOX News viewer demographics (angry old whites).
I was wrong.
The typical Chick-Fil-A customer is a suburban Gen-Xer with a high income who eats there only about 11 times a year, but eats fast food almost every other day. According to their research, âThe typical Chick-fil-A customer is white and is between 45 and 54 years old, according to data provided by analytics company Numerator. These clients are usually either adult couples or young, large families. They probably live in the suburbs, with a high income and a full-time job. ”
He added, “Although the average customer is white, a Chick-fil-A customer is more likely to be black than the typical Quick Service customer as a whole.”
Ouch. So here we are, almost a decade after that negative spotlight on a company everyone knows is anti-gay, and nothing has changed.
I’m not a Chick-Fil-A customer, even though I’m on this demographic checklist. Yeah, their fried waffles are great, and they have a great chicken sandwich. But I don’t want to give my money to a company that sees me as a threat, as antithetical to “God’s purpose” or to civilization. Yes, the list of companies we’re supposed to boycott is endless, with Amazon at the top of the list, but I even fail that easy abstinence with every eBook I buy for my Kindle. So I’m not above being called a hypocrite.
However, I made the decision to forgo Chick-Fil-A (and Cracker Barrel, for that matter) for a bigger picture, to support the “gay agenda” so to speak. Boycotting in and of itself is not a bad thing, but don’t fool yourself into thinking that much, if not anything, is going to change anything other than making you feel right.
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Sources: Business Insider, Wikipedia