The Chick-fil-A HubbubIB
Good morning all.
So if you've been living under a rock for the past week, or if you're not a true Chick-fil-A connoisseur (it's a staple of my diet at least twice per week), you might not know about the recent Chick-fil-A and same-sex marriage debacle. Well, look no further monkeys, as you can get your good bit of news from the maker of the original chicken sandwich right here on WSO.
I'll be the first to say that I will support Chick-fil-A until the day I die (assuming the company sticks around for the next, oh, 50-60 years), not because of anything relating to their politics or bizarre policy of being closed on Sunday, but because they make a damn good chicken sandwich and I am fortunate enough to live in the Southeast and enjoy it at will. For a quick overview of the latest Chick-fil-A drama, check out this article.
So basically,'s president responded by saying "guilty as charged" when asked about the company's support of the "traditional family". Heaven forbid.
But wait my little monkeys, there is more: "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," stated the president.
Okay, so Chick-fil-A has always been a company that had its roots in the Bible, so to speak. It is closed on Sundays, observes more national holidays than any other fast food chain, and the company's founder, Samuel Truett Cathy, has been a longtime Southern Baptist and supporter of Republican presidential candidates. But on the flip-side, Chick-fil-A is also a fast food joint where I know for a fact that I will not only receive quality food, but will be treated respectfully by everyone in the establishment.
This is more than I can say for the overwhelming majority of fast food places. It seems like every time I go into a Burger King or Wendy's, the person behind the counter hates their position, resents me as a customer, and is generally rude. Okay, maybe not EVERY single time, but a good portion of the time people are not polite in the slightest at those places. In contrast, I know that when I walk into Chick-fil-A, everyone behind the counter will be extremely pleasant, polite, and will go to great lengths to ensure that I am satisfied with my order no matter what. +1 for.
And those qualities, coupled with the noted excellence of their menu, would seem to indicate that Chick-fil-A is a cut above the rest. And that's the beauty of capitalism: I can choose, among many competitors, which I like best, and based on quality of product and quality of customer service,wins out in 9 out of 10 cases.
But does it matter that the company supports a traditional family, something that I am personally not strictly in favor of?
Well, this author from The Atlantic had something to say about that: something as simple as 'no'.
If the police chief in my home town does not support gay marriage, should I boycott the police department if there is an emergency in my neighborhood? If the guy who does my flooring disagrees with me politically about something, even though I've been working with him for a long time, am I to stop dealing with him strictly based on his political beliefs?
It's funny to me that everyone loves Apple and praises it as the ideal company, knowing that some of its operations in East Asia are sketchy. Wouldn't you agree that that's a larger human rights violation than the support of the traditional family on's behalf? But I'll wager the same people who continue to laud Apple as the paragon of corporate awesomeness will be the first to throw up their "Boycott Chick-fil-A" posters in light of this recent statement release.
I think this all stems from just how absurdly sensitive we have become in this country. Politics in the States have become extremely pervasive, and as someone who tends to avoid political discussions, it's frustrating to see people pick at the slightest underlying political nuances of just about anything. Yes, there are a large number of Americans in the Southeast who consider themselves to be Southern Baptist and do not support same-sex marriage. Some of these Americans start companies, and it is perfectly okay to indulge in the products and services they provide.
I feel like the percentage of people who will boycottand _ACTUALLY_ are very passionate about this issue represents a small chunk of the gross boycotters. In this day and age, peer pressure in the political sphere is very strong, and with people pointing fingers and labeling everyone 'til the sun goes down, it's easier just to bite the bullet and agree even if you really kinda sorta don't.
What do you monkeys think? Should you boycott a business if you don't agree with its politics? More importantly, as a purchaser of consumer goods, where do you draw the line? Pretty difficult to research the ideology of executives of every company you will ever make a purchase from. How about if the distributor disagrees with you -- that company plays a huge role in the final product being available in the store?
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