Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Chicken Tender


Today's Daily Banter column asks whether the battle between Chick-fil-A and the gay community has finally ended. At least two people seem to be trying to move in that direction -- but is their truce to be trusted?

Here's the opening shot:

"According to the stats that the Daily Banter numbers crunchers keep track of, one of the most popular columns I’ve written for this site had to do with my decision not to eat at Chick-fil-A anymore. I’m sure you’ve only recently been discharged from Walter Reed and are still nursing serious physical and psychological wounds from the Great Chick-fil-A War of 2012. I myself haven’t been able to sleep since returning from the front, haunted by memories of old people and drag queens beating each other to death in the street while chicken sandwich mortar fire rained down like death from above all around them. And pickles — so many pickles.

For the few who were lucky enough to be living under a rock or in a neutral, sane country at the time, in July of last year Chick-fil-A President and COO Dan Cathy made a lot of enemies within the progressive and gay community by stating in no uncertain terms that he and his company were against same-sex marriage and would continue to support Christian, anti-gay initiatives. The resulting dust-up turned into exactly what every politically charged, pop culture-fed controversy does these days: a media circus, with a freaking chicken sandwich suddenly becoming a cudgel in the never-ending left-right culture war.

Well, six months later the dust has finally settled and, in an admittedly surprising move toward peace that the Jews and Palestinians could learn a thing or two from, one of the marriage equality activists who initially decried the unabashedly anti-gay stance of Chick-fil-A is now 'coming out' and admitting that in the resulting months since the whole controversy blew sky-high, he’s struck up a friendship with Dan Cathy."


Read the Rest Here

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I still don't eat at Chick-fil-a = they still aren't open on Sunday. Seriously, if I am in the mood for waffle fries, you can put money on it being a Sunday.

Drew said...

"I myself haven’t been able to sleep since returning from the front, haunted by memories of old people and drag queens beating each other to death in the street while chicken sandwich mortar fire rained down like death from above all around them. And pickles — so many pickles."

That's blogging gold right there.

You're summation of sides listening to each other is spot on. They may not agree...but at least they're taking the bold step of reaching out. Good for them.

dsbs42 said...

Look, obviously this is an old post and this comment most likely won't be read. But as a Jew, I am more likely to notice sentences that include the word Jew in them, and I'd just like to suggest that the geographical and cultural conflict happening in the middle east could more accurately be described as the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Judaism as a religion does not collectively have one opinion. Of course, neither does an entire country, but the inhabitants of those countries do (in most cases) elect certain people with certain views to represent them. So...yeah, the Jewish/Palestinian thing rubbed me the wrong way and I thought I'd comment on it in what I hope is a reasonable and fair manner. In other words, don't yell at me being oversensitive or for overreacting, Chez!

Chez said...

Actually, that's fair. It probably should have read Israelis. Not like I can change it now, unfortunately.