Good job, Jim Henson Company

Don’t boycott Chick-fil-A because of its bigoted president

Dan Cathy, president of Chick-fil-A recently had this to say in a radio interview:

“We’re inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say we know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage. And I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude that thinks we have the audacity to redefine what marriage is all about.”

Following backlash after those remarks, Cathy then told the Baptist Press in an article posted July 16 that he is “guilty as charged” and is very “supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit.”

Of course this has resulted in plenty of calls for boycotts and condemnations from all sorts of people. It’s a bigoted position Cathy holds (though he does have a clear right to hold it and even promote it), so it’s no surprise that there has been so much outrage. However, I don’t think this is the best reason to avoid eating at Chick-fil-A. Yeah, it’s obviously a good reason. A damn good reason, in fact. But it isn’t the best one. The best deterrent is actually the fact that Chick-fil-A tastes like shit.

Another reason to not eat at Chick-Fil-A

Chick-Fil-A seems to like to get in the news for shitty reasons. First it was their promotion of bigotry. People got wind of it and the company backed off, at least nominally. (They’re still conservative Christians, so they’re still bigots. Just less active ones.) Now they apparently want to write the plot to the next made-for-TV movie:

After applying for a federal trademark for the Eat More Kale logo, hoping to block other artists from copying his design, [the Vermont business] Eat More Kale received a letter from Chick-Fil-A threatening to block Eat More Kale’s trademark application [because Chick-Fil-A’s slogan is “Eat Mor Chiken”]. Chick-Fil-A claims that the “Eat More” combination will confuse its customers and dilute its brand. And it wants the small Vermont business to stop.

This is patently absurd. Nobody is going to confuse shitty chicken and exceptionally shitty fries for a shitty vegetable. Yeah, it all tastes awful – more so on the part of Chick-Fil-A – but they are two entirely different products. This is a case of a big corporation being a bully because it has the money to do so. I can’t wait to see the movie on ABC Family.

But that isn’t the worst part in all this. The worst part is that people actually eat at Chick-Fil-A. How dreadful. Seriously. And it isn’t that I don’t like them for their Christianity. If I refused to eat or shop at every place run by Christians, I’d have to become a very self-reliant farmer very quickly. And it isn’t that I object to the company’s contribution to obesity. I mean, I do have that objection, but that isn’t why this is awful. After all, McDonald’s is the biggest contributor in the nation, but that doesn’t mean a Big Mac isn’t frickin’ delicious. No, the basis for why I think it’s terrible that people actually eat there is just how bad it is. I mean, first of all, waffle fries are an abomination. There’s no reason for them to exist. Anywhere. Ever. What’s worse, Chick-Fil-A does an especially shitty job with theirs. Second, it’s dry. Every. Single. Thing. They. Sell. Unlike Nate’s mother, it is all dry. I’m pretty sure I suffered dehydration after buying a soda there once.

So let’s not stop supporting Chick-Fil-A because of its hatred of gays or its frivolous lawsuits. Let’s stop supporting it because it’s so god damned awful.

Why I don’t eat at Chick-fil-A

This would be one good reason.

Chicken sandwich giant Chick-fil-A has come under fire over the past week for sponsoring anti-gay marriage seminars. The New York Times reports a local restaurant in Pennsylvania donated some lunch baskets to a program called “The Art of Marriage” in Harrisburg, Pa. The seminar is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Family Institute, a conservative Christian group which sponsors programs and promotes policies regarding Christian values such as right to life and anti-gay marriage.

Yeah, one good reason is the blatant promotion of irrational hatred. Or just the fact that I generally avoid fast food because it’s unhealthy. Or it could simply be that the chain isn’t common to my area. But I think there’s one reason that stands heads and shoulders above all this – above the endorsement of bigotry, above the unhealthy nature of fast food, above the sheer distance:

Chick-fil-A just tastes like shit.