Huffpost editorial director Noah Michelson penned a column Tuesday re-entering the Chick-fil-A gay-rights debate, telling readers that it’s immoral for LGBT people and their allies to eat at the “queerphobic” fast-food chain.
“If you care about queer people ― or you yourself are queer ― you have absolutely no business eating at Chick-fil-A. Ever,” declared Mr. Michelson, who is openly gay.
The chicken chain came under fire in 2012 after CEO Dan Cathy, a conservative Christian, revealed his disapproval of gay marriage. His comments and Chick-fil-A’s history of donating to socially conservative organizations sparked calls for a boycott, which only seemed to bolster the company’s success. The boycotts quickly fizzled, and Mr. Michelson lamented that many gay people and allies went back to eating Chick-fil-A once the controversy died down.
“People can be disturbingly indignant and defiant when faced with giving up their beloved chicken sandwiches,” he grumbled.
“Yeah, I know, I know ― it sucks that we can’t have waffle fries. But you know what sucks even more? Not having equal rights and contributing to the profits of a company that wants to ensure you never do because it believes you’re fundamentally disordered or unnatural or sinful or some delightful combination of all three,” Mr. Michelson continued. “No one likes to hear that they’re doing something wrong ― or that they can’t have something that brings them immense pleasure ― but that’s still exactly what I’m telling you.”
“It’s time to choose where your loyalties lie ― with your community or with your stomach. I’m hoping you can find another restaurant to satiate your chicken sandwich cravings. If all else fails, there’s always this recipe to make a copycat version of the Chick-fil-A favorite at home. Sure, it won’t be exactly the same but it’s pretty damn close, and I promise it’ll go down a whole lot easier without all of that nasty queerphobia you’ve been ingesting.”
Mr. Michelson’s editorial comes several days after Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey gave an apology of sorts following backlash for tweeting support for Chick-fil-A.
You’re right. Completely forgot about their background— jack (@jack) June 10, 2018
Mr. Michelson said he was “shocked” to see how many LGBT people “went out of their way to defend the fast food chain” after Mr. Dorsey’s tweet.
Twitchy compiled a list of LGBT Twitter users who slammed the HuffPost editor for dictating what they can and cannot eat.
I’ll be the member of the LGBT community that doesn’t go batshit crazy over a chicken sandwich. It’s ok to eat Chick-fil-a. https://t.co/O5AkpJD6ZJ— Martin Puente (@Martinbridge) June 13, 2018
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