Following reports by Think Progress which exposed Chick-fil-A’s continued donations to anti-LGBTQ+ organizations, many are up in arms against the fast food giant once again.
But, perhaps it is not surprising that a restaurant which only offers about four variations of fried chicken does not value diversity.
This is particularly sad news because I love Chick-fil-A’s food. The inspiration for this column came to me earlier today when I was having a personal moral crisis over whether I should eat Chick-fil-A for lunch between class — a once sacred ritual of mine. There’s almost nothing that lifts my spirits more during the midday class grind than using a waffle fry to sop up the extra ranch which has overflown from my spicy chicken sandwich. However, Chick-fil-A’s renewed commitment to supporting anti-LGBTQ+ groups makes it harder for my lunch to go down.
Back in 2012, Chick-fil-A faced its first round of anti-gay criticism when their then president, Dan Cathy said, “I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about.”
Following this outbreak, I remember being mad at Chick-fil-A for all of about five minutes, accepting their softball apology and reverting to my old habits of the occasional spicy deluxe lunch just a few weeks later. After this controversy, Chick-fil-A had reportedly made moves away from any anti-queer activity. However, now that they’ve been exposed for going back on their word and doubling-down on their homophobic stance as a corporation, the grammatically-challenged cows may be a little harder to forgive.