Comedian Stephen Colbert takes on the Chick-fil-A controversy in this clip from his show The Colbert Report on July 26.
“One fast food company has drawn a line in the lard,” he says.
Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy stirred up controversy recently for admitting his anti-gay beliefs in an interview. When the Baptist Press asked about his support for the “traditional family,” Cathy responded that he was “guilty as charged.”
While some supporters, such as former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, defended the fast-food chain, other public figures made their disapproval known. The Jim Henson Company, creator of The Muppets, pulled out of a partnership with the chicken sandwich company to create toys for its kids’ meals—and the company responded by removing the puppet toys, reportedly due to safety reasons.
And now Colbert has called out Chick-fil-A for the Facebook fiasco. One user posted on the company’s Facebook page, “Admit it, Chick-fil-A: you stopped carrying Jim Henson’s puppets as kids’ meal toys because you got dumped for being bigots, not because some kids “got their fingers stuck,” The Huffington Post recorded.
Another user named Abby Farle defended the company, stating that the toy recall was decided weeks before Cathy’s anti-gay comments. Other users started suspecting Farle was a fake account created for the company after they realized Farle’s Facebook profile was created eight hours earlier and used a stock photo found online. The company has denied such allegations, stating on its Facebook page, “We have been accused of impersonating a teenager with a fake Facebook profile. We want you to know we would never do anything like that.”
Colbert pokes fun at the disaster, “Chick-fil-A is just standing up for a different minority. Our proud stock photo Americans.”
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