What came first the chicken or the apathy?

Jul 30, 2012 @ 8:57 am | By TheFeministGriote | 5 Comments

We are knee-deep in the political cycle and it’s ugly. President Obama is doing his best to remind people of all the things he’s done and, how vastly different he is from Mittens. Mitt Romney is threatening to defund Planned Parenthood, rollback Roe v. Wade, and refuses to produce anymore tax returns. Then there is Congresswoman Michele Bachman, who is trying to bring back the era of  McCarthyism. Michele Bachman has accused Secretary of State Hilary Clinton’s Deputy Chief of Staff of having ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Michele Bachman has no other proof other than the fact that Huma Abedin is Muslim.

In midst of domestic terrorism (Aurora, Colorado) and the Olympics its safe to say we Americans are pretty preoccupied. But the real menace to society is not our non existent gun control regulations, or poverty its- chicken! Chick-Fil-A has the country divided. The presssing question on everyone’s mind is whether or not to eat homophobic deep-fried chicken?

Dan Cathy the President of Chick-Fil-A recently stated that his company supports “the biblical definition of the family unit” and that he prays “God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to try to redefine what marriage is about.”

 At this point I’ve basically heard every argument for and against eating Chick-Fil-A. Many people say, hey Chick-Fil-A has a right to have its Christian beliefs and to support traditional family values that is sanctioned by the bible. Secondly many people say that not eating at Chick-Fil-A is more of a reactionary move than a political move. Then there is the most interesting group of them all certain members of lgbtq community, and their ally’s, who subscribe to the philosophy according to Antoine Dodson( yeah that dude).  These people say eh, it’s just a chicken sandwich what’s the big deal if I eat at Chick-Fil-A? This comment is usually followed by drool, people praising the goodness and mercies that is a Chick-Fil-A. People can’t fathom walking away from the sandwich, waffle fries, or the lemonade that is more addictive than crack.

Here are the reason’s why this topic of Chick-Fil-A matters and why nuance is important:

  • When did being a Christian become synonymous with being a bigot? I take great umbrage with this. I am a Christian, but for the past 6 or so months, I find myself hiding that part of my identity. There is this assumption that one can’t be liberal-minded and Christian. Its as if it’s some great paradox. Not all Christians are WestBoro Baptist church type Christians. In the same way that it is ridiculous to assume that all Muslims are extremists, it is equally as egregious to assume all Christians are homophobes! Now I am fully aware that America is overwhelmingly Christian, and for that I have a great amount of Christian privilege. But in many liberal circles it’s presumed that faith and love for thy neighbor is mutually exclusive. I am here to remind everyone that is not the case for all Christians.
  • What is the biblical definition of marriage?  The bible is filled with opposing views on the issue. The apostle Paul viewed marriage as an impediment, and encouraged abstinence for those who had will power. Many figures in the bible practiced polygamist marriages, and King David had Bathsheba’s husband killed so he could slide on in. We as humans have always attempted to redefine marriage. Marriage in its historical content was about creating alliances and preserving culture. Marriage for love is a relatively new phenomenon, and marriage being only between two people is most certainly a new criteria. The bible doesn’t even have a consensus on marriage, so how do Christian fundamentalist do?
  • Consumerism rules everything!  We have become a culture in which our need to consume trumps everything our politics, our values, and our good common sense. Consumerism has made us mindless robots so much so that we will openly vote against our own interest with our wallets. Now I am not going to police someone else’s politics, but you can’t Kanye shrug everything in life. The reason Chick-Fil-A has money to support anti-gay causes is because of our consumerism. Therefore, think about that the next time you consider buying a sandwich.

This is America where you are free to openly screw yourself over in the name of waffle fries. This is the only country where a Black man can get a swastika tattooed on his person, and think he is being revolutionary! I am not surprised that many within the queer community see nothing wrong with supporting Chick-Fil-A. As long as long as there is Glee on tv, the President is okay with gay marriage, and we have a prominent Black male artist using both he/she pronouns in his music, we can queue the fat lady. But in actuality there is still work to be done.

Do keep in mind when a company that makes chicken sandwiches chooses to make political donations to anti-gay foundations, make highly charged anti-gay comments, they cease being an apolitical entity. Remember “the personal is always political,” feminism taught me that!


Categories: Pop-Culture Fodder

5 Responses to “ What came first the chicken or the apathy? ”

  1. I personally am not going to boycott Chik Fil-A but then again I’ve eaten there maybe 5 times in my life so I’m not really making or breaking that place. I respect everyone’s right to believe whatever the heck they want to believe. As long as a person is not maliciously going about trying to beat the snot out of someone because he/she is attracted to people of the same gender or is inciting others to beat the snot out of folks I’m cool.

    But on the flip side I think that the people who use the bible to justify their hate for certain things either have never read the bible for themselves or didn’t truly understand what they were reading. Because I swear it says to love thy neighbor and that those without sin should cast the first stone.

    I say live and let live.

  2. I hear ya. I too am a Christian and I believe in gay marriage. Dan Cathy believes in the “biblical understanding” of the family unit and I think he is gravely misinformed. I think he is interpreting scripture to fit into a homophobic, misogynistic society where fear rules all.

    I believe we vote with our money and since he has publicly chosen to embarrass Christians and speak of hate on our behalf, I, as a Christian stand up and say, “no I will not support chick-fil-a or their message of hate.” I can do this by protesting in public and also by protesting with my wallet.

    Also, loved your point on Consumerism rules everything!

  3. “Consumerism rules everything!”

    I just wrote a paper on this yesterday and said the exact same thing! The thought of being a good citizen has become so intertwined with consuming, that we have forgotten that we are people first and foremost. It’s evident even in the way people talk about the situation “Chik-fil-a can do what they want…” I’m sorry when did a company become a person. That was right around the time the US government signed off on it. It really speaks to out values as a nation, we value money and consuming over everything else.

    I personally, choose not to east at any fast-food restuarants frequently because its all crap and not real food. I definitely won’t be supporting an establishment that is actively supporting anti-gay organizations. My not buying from CFA won’t break their bank, but I am learning to spend according to my values and not merely cause someone makes “good chicken.”

  4. This a well thought-out piece! Thanks for sharing. And, no, not all Christians are homophobic. Thanks for using your voice to balance out the conversation. “As for me and my household, we…wait, I never liked their food anyway.”. Lol

  5. Excellent, clear, important. I thank you for this rich and layered post.

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