A photograph of an LGBT-rights supporter “owning” Chick-fil-A by posing with the restaurant chain’s food items went viral last week.
“Little does Chick-fil-A know they just accepted GAY money,” Twitter user Madison Utley wrote in a caption accompanying her photo.
Little do the yeehaw fuckers replying to this tweet know that I worked at Chick-fil-A for two years and this is a full on joke ?
— Pimp Daddy Madi (@madi_utley) June 30, 2019
The image garnered more than 5,000 likes and 7,000 comments, many of which were critical replies from conservative pundits who felt Utley’s stunt had missed the mark.
In recent years, critics have cited past remarks from CEO Dan Cathy, as well as charitable donations to Christian groups made by the company, to claim Chick-fil-A has a history of anti-LGBT positions.
“Literally just proving @ChickfilA is not homophobic & doesn’t discriminate against gay people. Hope the chicken was yum!” tweeted One American News host Liz Wheeler.
Literally just proving @ChickfilA is not homophobic & doesn’t discriminate against gay people. Hope the chicken was yum!
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) June 30, 2019
“Lol do you honestly think you’re the first gay person they’ve served,” quipped BlazeTV’s Allie Beth Stuckey.
Lol do you honestly think you’re the first gay person they’ve served https://t.co/GprrDC2N1D
— Allie Beth Stuckey (@conservmillen) June 30, 2019
Faced with growing backlash, Utley claimed in a followup tweet that her critics had been bested yet again.
“Little do the yeehaw fuckers replying to this tweet know that I worked at Chick-fil-A for two years and this is a full on joke,” she wrote.
However, Utley’s detractors might be forgiven for taking her apparent dig at Chick-fil-A at face value: A cursory glance at her Twitter timeline shows it’s rife with advocacy for progressive causes and woke takedowns of right-wing figures, such as President Donald Trump.
This some scary dictator shit right here https://t.co/n2MV1ZyiBG
— Pimp Daddy Madi (@madi_utley) June 22, 2019
Chick-fil-A as LGBT bogeyman
For many LGBT rights activists, Chick-fil-A’s open support for family values and Christianity makes it a poster child for corporate bigotry. The company’s charitable donations have faced intense public scrutiny for years.
While Chick-fil-A ceased donating to political groups and organizations opposed to LGBT rights in 2012, detractors have continued to slam the business for its contributions to groups such as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Salvation Army.
The company’s supporters, meanwhile, have argued that Chick-fil-A’s opponents are the ones who could stand to be more tolerant. The furor over the company’s relatively muted stance on issues such as same-sex marriage, are merely expressions of legitimate biblical world views held by a substantial portion of Americans, the argument goes.
In recent months, protesters have successfully lobbied to block Chick-fil-A from opening restaurants in airports in Buffalo and Texas.
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