â€śCluck, cluck, cluckâ€ť calls Huckabee the hen to his ditto-head-like right wing brood. Today is the day to â€śappreciateâ€ť Chick-fil-Aâ€™s antigay chicken sandwich â€“ that even the LA Times suggestsÂ may kill off their customers in their desire to be religiously right:
â€śIn any case, the Aug. 1 “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” may not accomplish all its backers’ aims. According to the nutritional information on theÂ chain’s website,Â a fairly typical meal — a deluxe chicken sandwich with medium waffle fries, a medium Coke and a fudge brownie — contains about enough calories and fat to support a Tunisian village for a week. That is: 1,450 calories, 59 grams of fat, 1,945 milligrams of sodium and 95 grams of sugar. If same-sex marriage supporters are waiting for the inevitable generational change to bring about political change — in other words, for opponents of gay marriage, who tend to be older than supporters, to die off — events like Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day will hasten the process.â€ť
As ThinkProgress notes:
â€śItâ€™s worth noting that there have been no nationwide calls for boycotts of Chick-fil-A. Most of the efforts have beenÂ awareness-raising protestsÂ and verbal rebukes. In response to Huckabeeâ€™s â€śChick-fil-A Appreciation Day,â€ť one group is calling on people toÂ donate the cost of a chicken dinnerÂ (about $6.50) to support an LGBT advocacy organization. A world where LGBT people are free of bullying, violence, harassment, discrimination, income inequality, and health inequity sounds like a much better world than any chicken sandwich could define.â€ť
The Human Rights Campaign puts the whole fat debate over equality into perspective:
â€śNew data indicates Chick-fil-Aâ€™s image with consumers has dropped dramatically since the companyâ€™s president proudly embraced the organizationâ€™s anti-LGBT donations. The new numbers come as former Governor Mike Huckabee and the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) attempt to make today a national â€śEat at Chick-fil-Aâ€ť day.
According toÂ YouGovâ€™s BrandIndex, Chick-fil-Aâ€™s brand perception among consumers has dropped by more than 20 points since Dan Cathy replied â€śguilty as chargedâ€ť when asked about Chick-fil-Aâ€™sÂ donationsÂ to groups that work to demonize and harm LGBT people. The drop is noticeable across the country â€“ even in the South, a stronghold for the fast food chain.
â€śAmericans by and large are not comfortable with Chick-fil-Aâ€™s anti-LGBT donations, and the companyâ€™s proud embrace of these discriminatory practices is taking a deserved toll on its image,â€ť said HRC Vice President of Communications Fred Sainz. â€śChick-fil-A supports organizations that demonize LGBT people on a regular basis â€“ and in addition to being morally wrong, itâ€™s also bad for business. In an era when corporations are supporting equality at unprecedented levels, Chick-fil-A is on the decidedly wrong side of history.â€ť
BrandIndex regularly surveys consumers on six factors central to a companyâ€™s brand – quality, impression, value, reputation, satisfaction and willingness to recommend. Prior to Dan Cathyâ€™s anti-LGBT remarks on July 16, Chick-fil-Aâ€™s brand perception stood at 65 â€“ nearly 20 points above the national average for fast food restaurants.Â Less than two weeks later, by July 25, that number stood at 39. In the South, Chick-fil-A experienced an image perception drop from 80 to 44; in the Northeast those numbers went from 76 to 35.
Chick-fil-Aâ€™s anti-LGBT history most recently resurfaced several weeks ago, when company president Dan Cathy replied â€śguilty as chargedâ€ť when asked about his organizationâ€™s donations to groups that actively lie about LGBT people. He later said that those who support marriage equality are â€śinviting Godâ€™s judgment on our nation.â€ť Some of the anti-LGBT organizations benefiting from Chick-fil-Aâ€™s money include Focus on the Family, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Family Research Council â€“ identified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.