Douchebag Decree: Chick-fil-A
Fast food chains, with their unhealthy menu options and shady labor practices, are already kinda douche-y. The well-known chicken hawkers (tee hee) at Chick-fil-A, however—not satisfied with just serving fried food to the masses—have raised the douche bar this month by being totally homophobic. Via Change.org:
And so it goes like this: Chick-fil-A is a restaurant where franchises frequently donate to anti-gay organizations like the Pennsylvania Family Institute, Focus on the Family and others. The restaurant's charitable arm, WinShape, holds conferences for opponents of gay marriage and praises their work. And this charitable arm's Retreat program puts a blanket ban on gay couples using their facilities, because they "do not accept homosexual couples."
Recently, more and more info has come out on the restaurant's ties to the anti-gay movement. From sponsoring Christian marriage events run by anti-gay organizations to hosting retreats where gay couples are explicitly not allowed to donating to Focus on the Family to supporting an anti-equality video campaign, Chick-fil-A is serving up a veritable smorgasbord of homophobia.
That behavior alone would be reason enough to award them this week's Douchebag Decree, but the icing on this d-bag cake is made of pure hypocrite. The hypocrite in question? Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy, who released this video earlier this month stating that "Chick-fil-A serves all people, and values all people." Notice that he never mentions sexuality, nor does he address his organization's anti-gay activism. (He also leaves out any mention of his upcoming speaking engagement at Pat Robertson's Regent University, but no surprise there.)
Sure, Chick-fil-A values all people when it comes to selling fried meat on a bun, but when it comes to supporting equal rights they clearly don't. (Attention gay people: You are allowed to buy sandwiches from Chick-fil-A, but don't ask them to cater your wedding reception.) Not only are they giving money and sandwiches (and apparently brownies, which I didn't even know they sold) to anti-gay causes, they're also lying about it and pretending like it's no big deal. Well guess what, Chick-fil-A? It is a big deal. Until you stop spending your hard-earned chicken money on homophobic causes, enjoy your hard-earned Douchebag Decree.
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