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Enough Already

I’m pretty sure I’m going to regret this one. I’m fairly certain I should just keep my damn mouth shut. But if you know me at all, you know asking me to keep quiet is like telling me to stop breathing or never watch Real World/Road Rules Challenge again. I will wither away and die with all my own thoughts trapped inside my head. It’s not healthy.

So in the interest of my own general well-being, I need to get this off my chest: For the love of god what is with all the Chick-Fil-A nonsense?

I mean, OK, I get that the owner is  clearly a bigot and that his statements have been offensive to not only gays, but just generally to people who believe in equal rights for all humans. He chose to make a public declaration and it’s worth noting. But, DUDE: it’s a fast food restaurant. I’m not going to Burger King for fashion advice. I’m not going to In and Out for legal counseling. I’m not going to Chipotle for running advice. And I do not take my political and social cues from Chick-Fil-A.

So can we all just stop with the Twitter and Facebook noise on this issue?  Because I really think the supporters of Gay Marriage and equal rights for all humans (of which I am one) can think of better ways of championing their cause than obsessing over the opinions and affiliations of a company whose biggest claim to fame (besides its contribution to the obesity of America) is really delicious waffle fries. It really seems like it’s depleting the validity of our argument to give such attention to something so ridiculous. Their mascot is a cow who can’t spell for heaven’s sake.

And people in ‘support’ of Chick-Fil-A, I’m not sure taking that stance does anything but confuse people. Are you saying you also don’t believe in gay marriage? For reals? In this day and age? Because *SIGH*. Or are you supporting some kind of general conservative agenda? Or do you just really like Polynesian sauce and seasonally available shakes? I’m just not clear what I’m supposed to get out of the fact that you ‘Liked’ the Chick-Fil-A Facebook fan page.

I’m just saying, ‘SHHHHHH’. Let’s move on. Feel free not to patronize establishments you feel like you do not want to give your money to (it certainly has made me drive-by a drive-thru or two, lately) or go there every day if you choose. Just let’s move on to a different topic on the social media sites, OK? Or at least a different angle on this topic. Like for instance: how about we just let the gay people who care about each other in probably a more wholesome and loving way than many of the depraved straight couples out there GET MARRIED already. Discuss.

I’m going to go back to being over-committed, stressed, ridiculous and tipsy and stop talking about anything political that’s totally going to get me yelled at.

16 Responses to Enough Already

  1. Is there a better way to show your displeasure of a business’s actions than not buying anything from there?

    • No, I agree with that. I just think we need to not make THIS ISSUE bigger than the ACTUAL ISSUE it represents.

      • I (for once – LOL) agree with Lizzie on this one.

        This issue was news WHEN it happened and was reported. It’s been a long time since then so it’s time to MOVE ON to what’s happening now. Everyone’s heard the story and make up their own minds (I won’t ever eat there again).

        I’m sure we can all (especially Tyler 😉 ) find something else to be pissed off about.

        B

      • Totally. I’m going to change my avatar green instead.

        But I’ve never eaten at Chick-fil-a. Am I missing anything?

        • It’s good for fast food. And I do like both waffle fries and polynesian sauce. But I’m on board with the boycott.

  2. Mini – I hope you know that I love you dearly. That being said, this is not a fight that I am willing to give up anytime soon.

    The funny thing is that it isn’t his words (though they were disgusting as well) so much as it is his actions. By donating over $5 million dollars to organizations that use those donations to block marriage equality, he carries his belief to a tangible action that impacts my life because his income allows him to influence political action that is illegal and, in my opionion, contrary to the Christian viewpoint of “love thy neighbor”.

    My mission is now to have a tangible impact on his life – by getting everyone I know to boycott his restaurant and hit his pocketbook. While I get that this example is being carried on, it sometimes requires multiple attempts to create change with people and unfortunately people like you that get on the bandwagon at the beginning have to feel all of the speed bumps in the road.

    For me, this fight cannot stop until equality is gained and people are sent the strong message that religion is not meant to be a weapon of intolerance and hatred. Sorry.

  3. I have never eaten at said restaurant, and won’t ever. I think you are brave for writing this kind of stuff and mixing it up on the blog. And OMG if you get to meet Martha, I’m never going to get over my envy.

  4. Agreed. This whole thing has me wishing Ozzie Guillen would remind us of how he respects Fidel Castro, so we can shift from this pointless outrage to another pointless outrage.

    In this case though, I think one of the big reasons this remains a topic of conversation is Chick-Fil-A’s own actions. The allegedly fake Facebook defenders, the support from Santorum and Palin… all of that has kept this from going away.

    In any case, I’m all for letting this go and fine with having had my last meal from Chick-Fil-A.

    (And no Tyler, you’re not missing anything special.)

  5. AGREED…. I truly hate how people use this for media garbage. I love their chicken so I’m gonna keep on eating it, I’m also shopping at JC Penneys…neither says anything about how I feel about lifestyle choices. If you want to change things do it by voting. Which I truly hope will give everyone the freedom to marry who they want.Love thy neighbor applies to loving everyone, including the bigots.

  6. Amen! I didn’t stop shopping at Target because they DO support gay marriage or some mess the conservatives were all WHARRGARBL over and I’m won’t forsake yummy chicken, egg, and cheese bagles because Chick-fil-a DOESN’T. Perhaps I should, but, frankly, I don’t care. It may be naive of me, but I feel niether of these companies nor their money will pull forward or hold back the tide of equal rights. It’s going to happen. It has to happen. Until then I will exercise my right to eat and shop wherever I please.

  7. The owner is a person who is entitled to his own beliefs, and he’s entitled to free speech. People disagree with his opinion want to stage a boycott?? So, we now punish others who have different opinions? The whole fiasco seems bizarre to me.

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