Maybe we’re going about this the wrong way.
If you’re feeling a little lost, let me catch you up: Just last week, Chick-Fil-A president Dan Cathy said his company was “guilty as charged” for standing against same-sex marriage and later added, “I think we are 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.'” Pretty offensive. Needless to say, this was really no surprise–Chick-Fil-A has openly donated millions of dollars to anti-LGBT groups in the past, all of which has prompted continual boycotts of eating “mor chiken.”
But perhaps this is a step in the wrong direction.
Personally, I’ve always loved Chick-Fil-A. The prices are too steep to eat there often, but their lightly-breaded chicken wraps are mouth-watering, their commercials are always entertaining, and their new line of sundaes? Some of the best fast food ice cream I have ever had. They also treat their employees well, unless you’re gay and get fired, but overall, they’re a good company–but sadly with poor values about what’s good in the world.
I was thinking this morning, though, that a company only cares about its customers–the people making it money. That is that bottom line, after all. If we–the LGBT community and our allies–stop eating at Chick-Fil-A, we suddenly become amazingly invisible and they stop caring about us. Why would a company change its policies if the only people patronizing them are the people who agree with their bigoted ideologies?
To take it a step further, many conservatives have openly called for “Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day” this coming Wednesday–August 1, if you’re not near a calendar–for people to gather in support of a company standing up for its “good Christian family values” (last time I checked, hatred was neither a Christian value nor a family one). All around the internet are pictures advertising the event with images of same-sex parented families and a ticket pointing toward them with the caption “You’re not welcome.” At least the cows didn’t spell it.
Instead of staying away, though, why don’t we plunge right in? If all the LGBT people and their allies swarmed Chick-Fil-A on Wednesday holding hands, decked out in our best pride wear, that would make a statement. Even if it doesn’t change the company’s position, it’ll at least impact all of these avid supporters of pure hatred who eat there that day. (Yes, the drive-though, though admiral, would just not suffice for this to work.)
If we then continued to frequent Chick-Fil-A’s in our best inclusive clothing, with our rainbow bracelets and pink triangle pins, we would continue to keep a presence on the issue while installing ourselves as part of the customer base the company needs to answer to.
It seems I’m not the only one thinking this way: GLAAD (the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) has already called for a National Same-Sex Kiss Day at Chick-Fil-A’s across the US on Friday, August 3.
What do you think? Is the boycott a show of solidarity or stupidity? Is it better to stay away or bring the fight to them? What would you do?
If you think we can show our solidarity and take a stand eating at Chick-Fil-A’s on Wednesday, please like this post and pass it along to your friends. Let’s make it viral.