Twitter CEO Chastised For Eating Chick-fil-A During Pride Month

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Written by Ann Brown

 

The CEO of Chick-fil-A isn’t known for being very gay friendly. So when Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey revealed he ate at fast food chain Chick-fil-A this month, there was immediate backlash. “On Saturday, Dorsey posted a photo on Twitter with the caption “Boost @ChickfilA,” showing he had saved 10% on a $31.58 order at the fast-food chain. A “boost” is a cashback reward Square users can earn when using a Cash Card, which is a debit card from the payment platform,” Business Insider reported.

The former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien send Dorsey a tweet saying: “This is an interesting company to boost during Pride month, @jack.”

Others chimed in as well: One person wrote, “You must love the taste of bigotry!” Another person wrote, “Why is Twitter boosting a notoriously anti-gay company during #PrideMonth?”

Shortly, Dorsey tweeted back: “You’re right. Completely forgot about their background.”

Some Twitter uses stood up for Dorsey tweeting things like: “Don’t give in to these people and their complaints. I’m gay and I LOVE ChickfilA. Ridiculous. Go on and eat that ChickfilA and post as much as you want about it!”

Since this happened since Pride Month was significant.

Six years ago the company’s CEO, Dan Cathy, made remarks about same-sex marriage that offended many in the gay community. “Cathy set off a fury among gay-rights supporters in 2012 that led to nationwide protests after he told the Baptist Press that the company was ‘guilty as charged’ for backing ‘the biblical definition of the family unit’,” Business Insider reported. “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.” … I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about,” said Cathy in July of 2012.

The remarks sparked protests outside Chick-fil-A restaurants nationwide. Some protesters even staged “kiss-ins,” where same-sex couples kissed in front of onlookers.

Over the years, Chick-fil-A has been working to fix its image, and there were even reports of Chick-fil-A’s many charitable donations to anti-LGBTQ organizations.

These statements ignited protests outside Chick-fil-A restaurants from the LGBTQ community.

Chick-fil-A is actually on course to become the third largest restaurant chain in the U.S. within the next two years. “Currently, the chain is the seventh biggest chain, but at the rate, the chain is expanding, Chick-fil-A is poised to jump to the third largest by 2020. Right now, the brand has over 2,300 total stores and has been opening 100 new locations per year,” Foodable TV reported.

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