Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day: Celebs Weigh In
The Muppets protest Chick-fil-A.
Mike Huckabee has called for fans of "free speech" to celebrate today, August 1, as Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day. As the Fox News pundit, Southern Baptist minister, and politician said on his website and Facebook page:
"Let's affirm a business that operates on Christian principles and whose executives are willing to take a stand for the Godly values we espouse by simply showing up and eating at Chick Fil-A on Wednesday, August 1. Too often, those on the left make corporate statements to show support for same sex marriage, abortion, or profanity, but if Christians affirm traditional values, we're considered homophobic, fundamentalists, hate-mongers, and intolerant. This effort is not being launched by the Chick Fil-A company and no one from the company or family is involved in proposing or promoting it."
No doubt which side he's on. In protest, an "eat at KFC day" is being planned for today, with a virtual "I don't appreciate Chick-fil-A day" being formed on Facebook (just join if you plan on never eating at the chicken sandwich chain again). Not doing anything this Friday? Take your (same sex) date over to the restaurant and show a public display of affection for "National same-sex kiss day."
To mark these occasions, we've come up with a list of celebrities and other notables who have "come out" on this issue.
Mike Huckabee loves both chicken sandwiches and traditional family values so much, he's the "brains" behind Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day. By the way, the former Arkansas governor and marathon runner also doesn't really believe in evolution, so don't tell him those chickens he's eating are really tiny dinosaurs, because he may just choke on his chicken.
Sarah Palin is always one to "chirp" in to a controversial issue. Last week, she and husband Todd ate at a Texas Chick-fil-A, where she posted a pic on her Facebook page with the caption, "to support a great business." By the way, there are about 24,000 comments by God-fearing people, many of them hateful.
Rick Santorum might not have agreed with Huckabee in politics, but it's nice to know he supports him on his fast-food stance. On Facebook, Santorum asked his supporters to "help us fight to for traditional families and eat chicken at the same time."
Ninety-three-year-old evangelist Billy Graham will be dining on Chick-fil-A at home today. Also, the 450 employees of his association will receive gift cards to the restaurant, according to the Charlotte Observer.
The Muppets made this statement on their Facebook page last week: "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." Any frog who sings The Rainbow Connection is tops in our book.
Roseanne Barr can't walk away from a fight (or the chance to curse on social media). On her Twitter feed she said, ""anyone who eats S*** Fil-A deserves to get the cancer that is sure to
come from eating antibiotic filled tortured chickens 4Christ," she
tweeted earlier, later adding, "off to grab a s*** fil-A sandwich on my
way to worshipping Christ, supporting Aipac and war in Iran."
Ed Helms from The Office wasn't so vulgar when he tweeted, "Chick-Fil-A doesn't like gay people? So lame. Hate to think what they do to the gay chickens! Lost a loyal fan."
Grant Gustin from Glee tweeted, "Your food is not good enough to take from a bunch of a**holes."
Nancy Pelosi simply tweeted, "For the record, I prefer Kentucky Fried Chicken."
Jon Stewart, of course, said it best on The Daily Show. "Open your eyes, owner of Chick-fil-A," he declared. "You're being such an *sshole, not even Boston will tolerate you." Watch here:
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