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Hollywood Chick-Fil-A 24 hours later

Timothy Kincaid

August 2nd, 2012

Today I trotted back to the Hollywood Chick-Fil-A, scene of yesterday’s Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day. I think it’s important to get some perspective.

This was yesterday:

And here’s that same street almost exactly 24 hours later:


And here is yesterday:

And the same spot today:

They are not empty by any means. They aren’t going out of business any day soon.

But over time they will experience the cost of being the “anti-gay chicken place”. When all the hoopla dies down over “freedom of speech” and the “overbearing mayors”, all that will be remembered is that Chick-Fil-A is anti-gay. And one day of ‘support the biblical definition of marriage’ simply can’t make up for it.

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james
August 2nd, 2012 | LINK

I hope you will check in tomorrow to see if a same-sex kiss-in is happening.

As I noted in another thread, my closest Chick-fil-A is 90 miles away, so I won’t be there tomorrow. Besides, I don’t have any one to kiss. Sigh.

Maybe I should go anyway and kiss someone who is also same-sex kiss-in partnerless. We could fall in love! Become a couple! Have our wedding reception at Chick-fil-A!

How romantic would that be?

RHE
August 2nd, 2012 | LINK

I agree with Timothy’s well-said comments. Chick-Fil-A is stuck with their reputation, and the facts of their history. That reputation and history will continue to not square with ever greater numbers of people.

They also have another, huge strike against them: The food they sell is bad for you. Bible-believing Christians who want to flock to Chick-Fil-A to affirm their beliefs are at same time harming their bodies. I mean, eating at a freakin’ Chick-Fil-A is just not my idea of some kind high road to holiness. That stuff is utter crap.

Another observation: Chick-Fil-A’s religion-based gay-unfriendliness has been known by me and many people before. It’s not a new revelation. It’s fascinating how, suddenly, it’s on the front pages. But in a way it’s hardly breaking news.

RHE
August 2nd, 2012 | LINK

On the health point, and addressed to NOM: Eating at Chick-Fil-A is a non-cognitive thing to do.

MattNYC
August 2nd, 2012 | LINK

Andy Borowitz lent his wit to this:

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/borowitzreport/2012/08/chick-fil-a-introduces-new-hate-sauce.html

TampaZeke
August 2nd, 2012 | LINK

And the day it starts cutting into their bottom line Dan Cathy will mysteriously disappear from the spotlight and the company will quietly change their tune, the world will shrug and order another chicken sandwich and Chick-fil-A will continue unscathed like Cracker Barrel.

You can bet your ass that Chick-fil-A won’t close up shop to protect their strongly held “Christian Values”TM They’re “Christian Values” will quietly change to reflect the new social realities and they will act as if they ALWAYS supported full equality for gay people.

And thousands of people who proudly and arrogantly paraded down to Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day will deny that they were ever there!

Having grown up in Mississippi during the end of desegregation I’ve seen this scenario played out, almost to the letter, before so I already know how it ends!

*******Spoiler alert*******

WE WIN!

Dante
August 3rd, 2012 | LINK

A good example of what is downstream for Chick-fil-a is the history of the Sambo’s restaurant chain.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambo%27s

Karen
August 3rd, 2012 | LINK

I see this issue more about free speech than gay marriage. I buy Ben and Jerry’s ice cream but completely disagree w/ their political/social stances. This country allows them to say and believe whatever they want. Why can’t Chick Fil A do the same?

Stefan
August 3rd, 2012 | LINK

Karen,

They don’t just say they oppose same sex marriage, they donate money to bonefied hate groups that promote the murder of gays/lesbians.

Désirée
August 3rd, 2012 | LINK

Karen:
what Stefan said… plus, “free speech” doesn’t mean being free from the consequences of that speech or criticism of that speech. A person is free to say gays are going to hell or the blacks are subhuman or jews are all tightwads and I am free to say that such a person is a moron for saying so and I am free to not patronize said person’s company without it affecting that person’s free speech rights one iota.

Richard Rush
August 3rd, 2012 | LINK

If you believe that more than one or two people in the U.S. went to Chick-fil-A just to stand up for free speech, then I have a bridge in Brooklyn . . .

Timothy (TRiG)
August 3rd, 2012 | LINK

Quite, Richard, I honestly don’t see what this has to do with “free speech” one way or another.

TRiG.

Richard Rush
August 3rd, 2012 | LINK

Sambo’s! Dante, I just noticed your comment and did a “double take.”

I was once employed by Sambo’s – not in a restaurant, but in a corporate support function at three different regional offices over a period of several years in the 1970s.

I don’t think the racist perception of the company’s name was the main reason they went under. But it certainly was an issue in some locations. I think they went under because of some poor business management decisions. They had expanded the number of restaurants across the US very rabidly in the 1970s, got overextended financially, plus they lost some control of restaurant quality. And there was dissatisfaction among the restaurant managers with changes in their compensation program.

One of the interesting things was that just as conditions started to deteriorate, they had architects design a magnificent new headquarters edifice. I remember seeing the detailed architectural model. Needless to say, it never got built.

Sadly, I never worked at corporate headquarters in magnificently beautiful Santa Barbara, CA, but fortunately I was able to visit a few times a year. Of all the jobs I’ve had before becoming self-employed, Sambo’s was my favorite, by far.

gregory brown
August 3rd, 2012 | LINK

I’d like o know how many of the chain’s Fair Weather Friends (who’d likely never been near the place before, preferring faster and cheaper food) stopped at a Starbuck’s along the way to order some overpriced brew to pour on the road.

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