By Jonathon Van Maren
For today’s best news story in the category of “Everything is Stupid Now,” Business Insider just published an article with this doozy of headline: “Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey forced to apologize for eating Chick-fil-A during Pride Month.” They described Dorsey’s sins against the Rainbow Empire as follows:
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.
Critics immediately seized on Dorsey’s support of Chick-fil-A, whose CEO has come under fire for his views on same-sex marriage, during Pride Month.
“You must love the taste of bigotry!” one person wrote in response.
“Why is Twitter boosting a notoriously anti-gay company during #PrideMonth?” another person wrote.
Among the critics was the former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien, who said, “This is an interesting company to boost during Pride month, @jack.”
Dorsey responded: “You’re right. Completely forgot about their background.”
That “background,” of course, is that the CEO of Chick-fil-A, Dan Cathy, is a supporter of the traditional family, and as such Chick-fil-A has made donations to social conservative groups over the years. In response to this news (over five years ago now), LGBT activists made a point of making out in Chick-fil-A restaurants, while the company experienced a business surge from those who wanted to vote with their wallets. LGBT activists have never forgiven Chick-fil-A for declining to join the corporate stampede to kiss the rainbow ring—the New Yorker even called the restaurant’s arrival in New York City earlier this year “creepy” because of its “pervasive Christian traditionalism,” which includes being closed on Sundays.
Next time you’re wondering if perhaps the moguls of social media are favoring their progressive users while suppressing conservative ones, remember that the CEO of Twitter publicly apologized for eating homophobic chicken during Pride Month.
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