The Muppets (& Boston) Disassociating Themselves from Chick-fil-A

Posted: July 24, 2012 in political, pop culture

The Henson Company posted the following statement on its Facebook page on July 20.
The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness for over fifty years and we have notified Chick-Fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors. Lisa Henson, our CEO is personally a strong supporter of gay marriage and has directed us to donate the payment we received from Chick-Fil-A to GLAAD. (
“Chick-fil-A doesn’t belong in Boston,” (mayor) Menino told the Boston Herald on Thursday. “You can’t have a business in the city of Boston that discriminates against the population. We’re an open city, we’re a city that’s at the forefront of inclusion. That’s the Freedom Trail. That’s where it all started right here. And we’re not going to have a company, Chick-fil-A or whatever the hell the name is, on our Freedom Trail.” (

Dan Cathy, the president of Chick-fil-A stated in an interview that, yes he opposed gay marriage. What he actually said was that he was FOR straight marriage.

Cathy, however, never spoke publicly about the company’s policies on the matter. Cathy finally went on record with the Baptist Press on July 16. When asked about Chick-fil-A’s support of the “traditional family” (referring, presumably, to one led by a married husband and wife), Cathy responded, “Well, guilty as charged…We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”(

He went on to state that the company applies biblical based principles to the way they do business, but that they do not discriminate.

Now, if someone has evidence that a Chick-fil-A has refused to serve someone because they were gay, or refused to hire someone because they were gay, or, after hiring someone treated them unfairly or fired them because of their sexual orientation, then discrimination can be charged. Until then, Chick-fil-A can, and, indeed has the right to be against gay marriage.  And the Muppets and the mayor of Boston have the right not to be associated with Chick-fil-A. As to whether the mayor has the right to ban them from opening a restaurant in Boston, that’s one for the courts.

  1. heathermcamp says:

    Again… agreed! It’s a messed-up world that we live in. Sigh. When will people realize that EVERYONE’S freedoms deserve to be protected? Gays have the right to their partnerships and their lifestyles and their opinions… but so does Chick-Fil-A. There are so many hypocrites on both sides of the issues that it blows my mind.

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