Chick-fil-hAte Hollywood Protest

There was a huge colon-clogging, gizzard glutting eat-in at Chick-fil-A on Sunset and Highland Wednesday for the Mike Huckabee-called, frothy Rick Santorum-embraced, Sarah Palin-endorsed, Rush Limbuagh-hyped “National Chick-fil-A Chick-fil-hAte Appreciation Day.” Two lines of cars snaked into the drive through ordering stations, backing up traffic onto Sunset Boulevard. I wish I had been able to take a snapshot of the woman in a nose job bandage eating a frozen dessert cone as she drove out. Very L.A.

The parking lot was full, and there were more people in line and on the patio than I had seen cumulatively in all the years I had driven by the deep-fried food scented corner.  Groups holding a rainbow flag and pro-LGBTQ signs stood on the corner with two (female) LAPD officers who were very nice. The protestors were out-numbered by the gluttons easily 1:10.

I had listened to rush Limbaugh this morning and he was reading reports that Chick-fil-hAtes all over the country were full of customers. But in LA? Yes, people do eat fast food here, and this is one of two  Chick-fil-hAtes in the area; the only other one in Los Angeles proper is near USC.

I think many people were driven to sample Chick-fil-A by the mistaken belief that this is a “free speech/freedom of religion” issue, not a matter of a for-profit corporation funneling money into a non-profit corporation which in turn donates to organizations like Focus on the Family and Family Research Council–groups which themselves have called for religious-based boycotts of Kraft, Proctor & Gamble, the Super Bowl, and Girl Scout cookies.  The Chick-fil-A  corporately funded foundation, WinShape also donates to Exodus, which until this year focused on “praying the gay away” as an ex-gay ministry, and has since publicly claimed they will no longer do so.

It remains to been seen if today was just a one day curiosity glitch driven by media, or if Chick-fil-hAte just tastes so darn good people can’t resist it. (It smells yucky to me).

YouGov/Brand Index reports:

Chick-Fil-A’s perception with fast food eaters nationwide has taken a significant hit in most regions of the US, including the South where most of its restaurants are located, since president and COO Dan Cathy’s perceived anti-gay remarks on July 16th…

As the controversy has snowballed, the company’s overall consumer brand health with fast food eaters has dropped to its lowest levels since at least mid-August 2010…

On July 16th, the day the Baptist Press published its Dan Cathy interview, Chick-Fil-A’s Index score was 65, a very substantial 19 points above the Top National QSR Sector average score that day of 46.

Four days later, Chick-Fil-A had fallen to 47 score, three points below the Top National QSR Sector average score of 50. This past Wednesday, Chick-Fil-A had a 39 score compared to the Top National QSR Sector average score of 43.

YouGov BrandIndex respondents in the South took Chick-Fil-A from an Index score of 80 on July 16th to its current 44. Chick-Fil-A’s biggest drop took place in the Northeast, where it went from 76 to 35, a difference of 41 points.

Friday, August 3 is National Same-Sex Kiss-In at Chick-fil-hAte. Grab a same-sex pal, your same-sex lover, or whomever and show that you support equal rights by kissing at your local Chick-fil-hAte. To quote Gore Vidal:

We must declare ourselves, become known; allow the world to discover this subterranean life of ours which connects kings and farm boys, artists and clerks. Let them see that the important thing is not the object of love, but the emotion itself.

It’s time for allies to step up, too. Straight people have LGBTQ family, co-workers, friends so we too

must declare ourselves.

The time is now.

12 Responses to "Chick-fil-hAte Hollywood Protest"
beltwaymike | Wednesday August 1, 2012 06:17 pm 1

Great article.

I just have a minor nitpick regarding this statement: “The Chick-fil-A corporately funded foundation, WinShape also donates to Exodus, which until this year, focused on ‘praying the gay away’ as an ex-gay ministry, and has since publicly claimed they will no longer do so.”

Exodus continues to pray and advocate for the abolition of the gay “identity.” While they no longer officially claim that one’s orientation can be fully changed to heterosexuality, Exodus leaders agree that same-sex “temptation” (not orientation) must be suppressed through prayer and fundamentalist counseling. And Exodus leaders still contend that a gay “identity” is incompatible with a Christian “identity.” According to that thinking, one must deny that one is gay, and instead describe oneself as a Christian struggling with sinful temptations.


nahant | Wednesday August 1, 2012 07:54 pm 2

I would much rather have Popeye’s good Cajun fried chicken instead of this heavely processed make believe chicken shit stuff…


Margaret | Wednesday August 1, 2012 07:56 pm 3

There are a lot of people at work who think when it comes to fast food chicken, Chik Fulla Hate is da bomb. Some support the boycott, others support the boycott but not to the point of depriving themselves of their “food” but all find the CEO’s statement pretty effed up, including some of the fundies.


AitchD | Wednesday August 1, 2012 07:59 pm 4

Paul Simon got his inspiration for ‘Mother And Child Reunion’ at a Chinese restaurant where he saw a chicken and egg dish on the menu.


Margaret | Wednesday August 1, 2012 08:01 pm 5
In response to nahant @ 2

The one time I had food there several years ago was unimpressive to me. I found the food bland and the service average. M’eh. When I found out they were owned by a fundie, (and at the time giving away bible based, Focus on the Family provided toys), it cost me nothing to give them up. I’m sure it would be harder for somebody who loves their stuff to quit eating there.


nahant | Wednesday August 1, 2012 08:39 pm 6
In response to Margaret @ 5

I like their spicy chicken not the regular stuff.. But I did not know they were owned by a fundie.. Oh well I make better chicken anyway….


Phoenix Woman | Wednesday August 1, 2012 08:49 pm 7

As I mentioned just now in the previous post’s thread, this kills Chick-fil-A’s expansion efforts dead.

All those millions (if not tens of millions) spent on TV ads and the like, trying to mainstream Chick-fil-A’s image, have officially been rendered useless. Instead of being part of mainstream America, Chick-fil-A is now seen as being of, by and for the religio-racist right wing.


baron von cheddarwurst | Wednesday August 1, 2012 10:44 pm 8

The Right has been genius at getting its flunkies to vote against their own self-interest for decades; this is no different. Some people hate liberals (and by extension gay people) so much they will damage their own health in order to prove it. They hate others more than they love themselves and their families. I don't get it.


bluefloridia | Thursday August 2, 2012 04:44 am 9

I think it best that only the bigots own stock in this company. I have nothing more to do with it. I don’t support those who hate me.


auntsnow | Thursday August 2, 2012 06:46 am 10

Eat fried crap to show your solidarity with Sarah Palin!

Jeez.


metro222 | Thursday August 2, 2012 07:58 am 11

This is a temporary stage in. The TeaParty is good for this stuff. I tried their sandwich about a month before all of this shit broke out and I didn’t think it was anything special. I don’t intend to ever buy from these jerks again nor will my family.


Beerfart Liberal | Thursday August 2, 2012 09:01 am 12

i went in one once to take a piss, which they allowed and that was nice, even tho i didn’t buy any of their shit


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