Menino Says No To Homophobic Chick-Fil-A In Boston
The Mayor of Boston, Thomas Menino, has vowed to block any efforts by Chick-Fil-A to expand their franchise to the New England city. The Boston Herald reports:
Mayor Thomas M. Menino is vowing to block Chick-fil-A from bringing its Southern-fried fast-food empire to Boston — possibly to a popular tourist spot just steps from the Freedom Trail — after the family-owned firm’s president suggested gay marriage is “inviting God’s judgment on our nation.”Forbes magazine blogger Carol Tice wrote an excellent blog post about Chick-Fil-A’s “boycott” problem, entitled “How Chick-Fil-A's Social-Media Bungle Fueled a Gay-Rights Backlash.” Carol writes:
“Chick-fil-A doesn’t belong in Boston. You can’t have a business in the city of Boston that discriminates against a population. We’re an open city, we’re a city that’s at the forefront of inclusion,” Menino told the Herald yesterday.
“That’s the Freedom Trail. That’s where it all started right here. And we’re not going to have a company, Chick-fil-A or whatever the hell the name is, on our Freedom Trail.”
The flames were re-ignited Tuesday when company president Dan Cathy told the Baptist Press he is “guilty as charged” of donating to anti-gay charities. Then the company tried to fix the problem with an announcement on Chick-Fil-A’s Facebook page that sent the whole controversy massively viral. Here’s the exact verbiage:Translation: “We’d like to close our eyes now, count to ten, and you should forget all about our fervently avowed political views — which we won’t be changing — and go back to eating our chicken a lot.”“The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect – regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender. We will continue this tradition in the over 1,600 Restaurants run by independent Owner/Operators. Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.“Chick-fil-A is a family-owned and family-led company serving the communities in which it operates. From the day Truett Cathy started the company, he began applying biblically-based principles to managing his business. For example, we believe that closing on Sundays, operating debt-free and devoting a percentage of our profits back to our communities are what make us a stronger company and Chick-fil-A family.Our mission is simple: to serve great food, provide genuine hospitality and have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.”Which didn’t work.This non-response didn’t answer the questions on many people’s minds: Will the company stop donating to groups that are actively opposing gay-marriage laws, and controversial “gay-curing” groups such as Exodus International? Also, how are gay employees treated at the company given the corporate culture?By essentially refusing to address the issues its founder raised, Chick-Fil-A just made a lot of people madder.Also. by issuing its statement only on its Facebook page — no official company press release was issued — Chick-Fil-A attempted to hide the controversy in a corner instead of facing it square-on. Unfortunately, the social-media corner is exactly the wrong corner for trying to hide something like this.
This one’s easy. If you see a Chick-Fil-A --- Just Say No! Boycott Chick-Fil-A!
The Gay Hating Palin Family: Tripp Palin Uses A Gay Slur On National TV?
Everyone knows that a 3 year old mimics the behavior of the adults who surround them. Kids that age are like a sponge, soaking up as much as their little brain can handle. The Huffington Post reports that on the Lifetime reality series “Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp” - Bristol Palin’s son Tripp, age 3, called his Aunt Willow a faggot. Apparently the “gay slur” is censored in the clip.
Bristol Palin claims her son called her Aunt Willow a “fuck it” and not a faggot. If Tripp Palin called his Aunt a “fuck it,” the young child is not only using swear words he shouldn’t be using, but he using them improperly.
I find the “fuck it” claim to be suspect at best. Sarah Palin is a trained broadcast journalist, who worked as a television sports reporter early in her career. She speaks proper American english, and so do her kids. I’m sorry - but I think it is unlikely that Tripp said “fuck it.” He called his Aunt a “faggot” because his family is known for using that slur.
I agree with what the Huffington Post initially surmised. They wrote:
The Palins have never been known for being particularly gay-friendly -- and unfortunately, it seems as if the youngest member of the family is following in the footsteps of his elders.A newly-released clip from the Lifetime reality series "Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp" shows Tripp Palin uttering a homophobic slur when mom Bristol and aunt Willow won't let him visit the swimming pool.The Palin sisters gasp, and then giggle, when three-year-old Tripp's temper tantrum culminates in the tot calling his aunt a "faggot."
Sorry Bristol, I don’t believe you.
Where’s the Soup Nazi when I need him?
No Soup for You Bristol!
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