Dan Cathy, the COO of Chick-Fil-A, has officially outed his company as anti-same sex marriage. Chick-Fil-A is run according to “Biblical principles” and is very supportive of the “Biblical family unit.” Presumably Chick-Fil-A is not into stoning prideful fry cooks and adding multiple wives and concubines onto its dependent care plans; they mean “Biblical” in the same sort of Fox Newsish way that most ultra socially conservative political groups do: Boo same sex marriage.
|The gay pride Oreo. USA! USA! USA!|
Not that Chick-Fil-A’s position is much of a revelation. The fact that its charitable arm donated millions of dollars to anti-LGBTQ groups was a pretty big clue as to their feelings.
But, hey. This is America. Our food products and their purveyors are free to express their political opinions. So Chick-Fil-A and Dan Cathy are, of course, free to do and say all they like in support of “Biblical” anything.
By the same token, I, as an equally free American loud mouth and potential consumer, am free to say and purchase what I like from whom I like. Oreo, Applebee’s, and McDonalds, for instance, have publically supported same sex marriage. I can choose to increase the circumference of my ass by ill advisedly consuming their calorific processed food adjacent products instead of Chick-Fil-A’s.
But is that worth doing? Every company is run by somebody and everybody has a strong opinion about something controversial. And companies pull all kinds of reprehensible shit all the time so unless you’re super-into survivalist living, you are inevitably indirectly supporting something terrible just by virtue of existing within a consumer society. (Which actually is another pretty good argument against giving into stuff-lust. Also, do you think I should rename my blog “Super-optimistic Worldview?”)
So what’s a fast food consumer to do? For me it’s about balance. Since so many companies do so many terrible things I’m jaded to the point that it’s hard to work myself up over this one terrible thing in particular and actively picket and yell at people on Facebook.
But, along with the rest of the internet, I know this company has given more money than I’ll probably make in a life time to groups who attack a civil rights issue I strongly believe in. And it’s not like there’s a “Chick-Fil-A presents: the local cancer ward with free food for orphans!” situation where they are otherwise such an integral part of my community that I can justify taking the good with the bad and supporting them as opposed to the other guys in spite of this.
They make a delicious but nutritionally terrible food product that a lot of other places also sell and I should be eating less of anyway.
So I’m what you might call a “swing consumer.” I’ll go buy my fried crap from someone else. I’m not under the illusion that this decision will change the world but ::: shrug ::: it seems worth doing and it’s not like it’s hard.