Chick-fil-A and the Muppets part ways after Dan Cathy's gay marriage remarks
The Atlanta-based fast-food company had recently partnered up with the Jim Henson Company to offer puppet toys from Jim Henson's Creature Shop in Chick-fil-A's kids' meals. But after Chick-fil-A president, Dan Cathy, said the company was "guilty as charged" when it came to its lack of support for marriage equality, the Jim Henson Company called it quits on the deal.
"The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness for over fifty years and we have notified Chick-fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors," the Jim Henson Company writes on its Facebook page Friday (July 20). " Lisa Henson, our CEO, is personally a strong supporter of gay marriage and has directed us to donate the payment we received from Chick-Fil-A to GLAAD."
Cathy's remarks came during a recent interview with the Baptist Press.
"Guilty as charged," Cathy tells the outlet when asked about the company's support of "the traditional family."
"We are very much supportive of the family -- the biblical definition of the family unit," Cathy says. "We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that."
"Chick-fil-A doesn't like gay people?" "The Office" star Ed Helms tweeted following Cathy's comments. "So lame. Hate to think what they do to the gay chickens! Lost a loyal fan."
One person still in Chick-fil-A's corner is former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who's organizing a "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" on Aug. 1, according to his Facebook page. Just two days later on Aug. 3 is "National Same-Sex Kiss Day," in which same-sex couples will go to Chick-fil-A locations around the country to fight chicken with kissing.
Do you think the Chick-fil-A president's remarks are simply free speech that should be supported? Or is it discriminatory language that deserves boycotting?