Brent Lang from The Wrap is reporting that Chick-fil-A has lost The Muppets, or more specifically The Jim Henson Company. In a brief statement released via their Facebook page, The Henson Company said the following:
“The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness for over fifty years and we have notified Chick-Fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors. Lisa Henson, our CEO is personally a strong supporter of gay marriage and has directed us to donate the payment we received from Chick-Fil-A to GLAAD.”
At a time when opening ones mouth can be considered “bad for business” Lisa Henson and the Jim Henson Company have joined others like Ed Helms (who just recently stood against the poultry-centric fast food chain) to say cluck you and use their bully pulpit to strike back at Chick-fil-A and their President, Dan Cathy, who gave the following quote to The Baptist Press.
“We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit,” Cathy said. “We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that … we know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles,”
Mr. Cathy is right — on one thing at least — he is free to share his values and operate his privately owned business however he sees fit, even if he favors exclusionary and hateful things. Chick-fil-A is not the first company to exercise that right. In the summer of 2010 Minnesota based retailers Best Buy and Target each took full advantage of the Citizens United decision and their new status as pseudo-humans and donated $150,000 and $100,000 respectively to Minnesota Forward, a political action committee with a dubious record on LGBT matters.
Then, as now, those in support of equality and LGBT rights protested vociferously, as is there right. Will the Henson Company and Helms’ decision to stand against Chick-fil-A make a difference? Hard to tell, but if they do crack and do see the light, I guess we’ll know that their dear and fluffy lord isn’t as important to them as their bank balance is.
By the way, the reason we’re telling you about this now is because Muppets are in play and I always side with a Muppet. Also those who support legislative gay bashing don’t get to sell me chicken — and I am a lot fatter than Ed Helms, so really, they should take my protest a lot more seriously.
If you’d like to comment positively on Lisa Henson’s decision, go to the Henson Company’s Facebook page, I’m sure they wouldn’t mind a few less people telling them how their souls are going to burn in hell. If you disagree with the Henson Company or the tone of this article and want to tell me how my soul is going to burn in hell, shove a chicken biscuit up your ass.
I’m goona report a little here, and you’re goona have to decide. Apparently Chick-fil-A recalled the Henson Company toys at the heart of their now defunct corporate relationship. This happened on the 19th of July, on the 20th the Henson Company issued their public statement. When they actually told Chick-fil-A about their decision is not yet publicly known. So, was this a response by Chick-fil-A and an effort to portray the Henson Company toys as hazardous? Was the statement pulling out of the Chick deal a bit of damage control by Henson, or is this just a coincidence?
Below you’ll see a picture of the recall notice from a Chick-fil-A location, here is the text.
“We apologize for any inconvenience but as of 7/19/2012 Chick-fil-A has voluntarily recalled all of the Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Puppet Kids Meal Toys due to a possible safety issue. Please be advised that there have not been any cases in which a child has actually been injured, however there have been some reports of children getting their fingers stuck in the holes of the puppets.”
According to HuffPo:
Chick-Fil-A spokeswoman Tiffany Greenway told HuffPost Gay Voices that the company had decided to recall the Muppets toys nationwide, as of July 19, “for the protection of our customers.” She said it was a decision completely separate from the Jim Henson Company’s Facebook announcement.