Quite some time ago, two very famous authors, as the story goes, were engaged in a battle with one another. One of them said that the other’s book was, well, horrible. So, how did the second author respond? He took out an ad in the first author’s home town newspaper that read: Louisa May Alcott Thinks That Huckleberry Finn Is A Horrible Book- or words to that effect.
It was brilliant because people then wanted to find out what all the hubbub was about and bought Twain’s book.
That is what happened yesterday, 1 August, in Chick-Fil-A stores around the nation, and why boycotts really do not work any more.
Yesterday, Chick-Fil-A posted record sales. This has the National Organization for Marriage crowing up a storm talking about how the silent majority has spoken. Of course, the fact that Chick-Fil-A has only 1600ish stores spread across 39 states is hardly indication of a majority. According to NOM, some 600,000 people responded to Mike Huckabee’s Facebook page about the whole thing. Exact sales figures have not been released.
Sometimes, the best thing to do is just shrug off a hater and get on with business. After all, let Dan Cathy donate his money. The LGBT Community has a long list of much larger businesses supporting it than the anti-gay groups do at this point.
However, the damage is done, and it might not be for naught.
No one really stopped talking about the reasons why today was as busy as it was. The people I work alongside kept going on and on about how powerful it was to be part of such a righteous movement, and how encouraged they were to know that there were so many people who agree with Dan Cathy. They went on at great length about how it was wrong not just for gays to marry, but to exist. One kid, age 19, said “I hope the gays go hungry.”
I nearly walked out then and there. That epitomizes the characteristics of these evangelical “Christians” who are so vocally opposed to equal rights. Attitudes like that are the opposite of Christ-like.
In places where LGBT rights are common, we have many franchises eager to distance themselves from Cathy’s words. Where they are not common, we have situations like the one this employee describes. Let Cathy punish those franchises that dare raise a voice against him- it will confirm everything we already know about him.
This whole thing should serve as a lesson that feeding the trolls is a bad idea. Oh well, this is a lemon of a situation…and we all know what to do with lemons.