Following Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy‘s controversial announcement that the conservative, Christian-owned restaurant opposes gay marriage, the Jim Henson Co. announced it would cut its ties to the chain and donate Chick-fil-A’s payment to GLAAD.
A couple of days later, this happened (click to enlarge):
We apologize for any inconvenience but as of 7/19/2012 Chick-fil-A has voluntarily recalled all of the Jim Henson Creature Shop Puppet Kids Meal toys due to a possible safety issue. Please be advised that there have not been any cases in which a child has actually been injured, however there have been some reports of children getting their fingers stuck inthe holes of the puppets.
Chick-fil-A headquarters told the media that the signs did in fact reflect a “voluntary recall,” certainly not related to the Muppet company’s refusal to do business with a restaurant chain whose owners oppose equal rights. A blogger at Consumerist even checked with the Consumer Product Safety Commission — turns out there’s no such “recall” on record. Eventually, Chick-fil-A changed their story:
In spite of the language on the above sign, a rep for Chick fil-A says “This is not a recall — it is a voluntary withdrawal.”
Nice attempt to cover your sorry hides, but we’re not buying it.