Chick-fil-A’s Latest Fail: Fake Facebook Supporters?

How low can Chick-fil-A go? Low enough to create a fake Facebook profile in a sad attempt to bolster its reputation online, apparently. (Click image to enlarge.)

As Chick-fil-A struggles to stay afloat in the aftermath of its CEO Dan Cathy denouncing marriage equality and the Jim Henson Co. cutting ties to the company, Gizmodo got word of another utterly disastrous attempt by the restaurant to keep any credibility.

In this exchange on Chick-fil-A’s Facebook page about the restaurant “voluntarily withdrawing” Muppet toys from its kids meals, a cute redhead named Abby Farle sticks up for the Christian chicken chain and directs other commenters to John 3:16.

Then, another poster does a little digging on who exactly she is and retorts:

Abby joined facebook 8 hours ago. Nice try Chick-fil-a PR guy. 2/10 is the best I can do.

Minutes later, the same commenter finds a stock photo of a “redhead teenager isolated on white” that matches the face of the girl leaving the pro-Chick-fil-A posts.

Chick-fil-A claims they had nothing to do with it, according to Forbes, but the profile has since been taken down.

Busted indeed. Whether or not Chick-fil-A’s at fault here, talk about some horrible PR.

About Camille Beredjick

Camille is a twentysomething working in the LGBT nonprofit industry. She runs an LGBT news blog at gaywrites.org.

  • BCP

    These Chick-fil-a postings are getting a little redundant. I’ve never been a regular customer because of their “values” but I don’t care THIS much about the stupid shit they do.

    • http://yetanotheratheist.com/ TerranRich

      Well others do. :)

    • pauleky

      Many people do, BCP. You could, you know, SKIP these posts. :-)

      • http://yetanotheratheist.com/ TerranRich

        Really, what drives the “fundamentalist apathists” to comment on pages covering topics that they claim to not care about? If you don’t care, then what is the purpose of commenting, thus adding to the number of people discussing said topic, thereby adding to the appearance that said topic is one that people care about? Don’t care? Great. Spend your time somewhere where you do care, then. It’s a far better use of your time, I guarantee.

        • BCP

          I care that I’ve had to read this “news” at least 4 times today, and that it is stooping to the level of r/atheism in content. I care because I’d rather see this blog cover relevant information other that the potential that a fast food chain MAY have created a fake Facebook profile.

          But certainly you’ve proven your point by responding!

          • ganner918

            You “had” to read it?

          • Isilzha

            So, exactly how did you HAVE to read it.  You do know that headlines have a purpose right?  They tell you what the subject of an article is about and if that subject doesn’t appeal to you then you move on and find one that does.  Is it REALLY so hard??

          • https://alexanderschroeder.net/ Alexander Krivács Schrøder

             This blog has to cater to your preferences why, exactly? As others pointed out, we find these stories interesting. If this blog (or any other medium for that matter) doesn’t cover stuff you are interested in, you’re free to unsubscribe any time.

          • LesterBallard

            Someone held a fucking gun to your head and forced you to read past the title/headline?

    • stu

      Wait a second- a reader doesn’t care? And it’s bcp! How tragic. Seriously, it’s not all about you & if you don’t like these articles then don’t read them. Easy.

    • Baby_Raptor

      Nobody is forcing you to read it. those of us who want to appreciate it. Don’t care? Don’t waste your time.

    • Isilzha

      Why do people make posts like this?  If you don’t care then WHY are you posting about it??

      • eskomo

        Twice!

    • michael both

      I guess what happens is that there are certain issues that are ‘hot’ for a few days or a couple of weeks, and this blog often follows the issues through from beginning to end. Personally I like this approach, as I don’t like being left wondering ‘ok, so what happened?’.
      However with the feminist / who said what to who in the elevator topic, I got a bit tired of it. My solution – not visit for a few days, then quickly scan through the ‘old’ threads started to see if there was anything of interest (and skipping over the topic I wasn’t interested in).
      All blogs or internet stuff can become a drag. Sometimes just taking a holiday for a little while can make it interesting again. I’m a hard-core atheist, but even I don’t want to read or think about atheist stuff a lot of the time.

  • Katharine Klevinskas

    I don’t think I ever even heard of them before all this.

    • Muggin15

       You must not watch football, their stupid commercials are on all the time during football games.

      • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

        No.  I’m an atheist.

        • Liquidsiphon

          Atheists don’t watch football? Damn.

          • Stev84

            No. It’s an abomination. You will go to atheist hell if you do

            • Liquidsiphon

              I’m a Rams fan. I don’t need atheist hell. 

          • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

            True ® atheists don’t.

            Cue the bagpipes!

          • Reginald Selkirk

             Football is a religion. Take note of what happened at Penn State.

  • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

    Bet they’re using a service like 
    http://www.reputation.com/

    • Isilzha

      There was an influx of some idiots at Slate earlier today who were all saying the SAME stupid things.  At 5pm EDT the commenting just abruptly stopped.  It was like they just evaporated.  I’m guessing though that their shift ended!

  • Muggin15

    I’m all for freedom of speech and whatever else, hate on if you want I guess. That being said, if the CEO were donating his personal money to anti-gay causes that would be one thing, but the corporation itself donates money to these causes, which is why I will never spend a dime there. I won’t have a cent out of my money going to any type of cause that promotes bigotry. 

    • Stev84

      Yup. Being a family owned business there would still be some negative reactions, but private vs company money really makes a huge difference here.

  • The Lord Vishnu

    Who gives a f­ucking sh­it? Seriously. 

    Plus, why are people so sure that Chick-fil-A had anything to do with it? Do you know how often individual people create fake Facebook accounts to advance their own personal views?

    • Baby_Raptor

      People who give a “Fucking shit” about everyone in the country getting equal rights. Don’t like it? Don’t read it. We don’t need children here anyway. 

      • UUu

        Everyone does have equal rights. A gay man can marry a woman as much as a straight man can. A straight man can’t marry another man just as a gay man can’t. The only difference is in preference. Polygamists can’t legally marry more than one person either, and someone can’t marry his cousin.

        • http://twitter.com/KevinSagui Kevin Sagui

          And if the Constitution was amended so that Buddhism was the only permissible religion, would everybody have equal rights because they’d all have the right to be Buddhists?

        • http://twitter.com/silo_mowbray Silo Mowbray

          Your argument is typical theistic homophobic bullshit. Straight men and women can marry *whomever it is they love.* Right wing batshit ethically-crippled Christians won’t allow gays and lesbians do this. Why? Because they can’t stand the Other. They don’t want it to exist, but it does, so assholes like yourself do everything you can to make their lives a living hell.

          So fuck you, fuck your religion, fuck your sick, twisted values and fuck your god. At least Thor was consistent.

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/NCXYJ4RFQHJC6ES4JT72PVLS7I blikketty

            Silo, I would like this comment a Million times if I could. 

        • Baby_Raptor

          What’s equal about one set of people being allowed to marry the person they love and one set not?

          Oh, nevermind. I know. It fits your talking point. 

          Sexuality is not a preference. It’s not a choice. If you choose to continue to believe that it is over the fact that it isn’t, that’s fine. But stop lying and stop trying to deny ponies rights that the Constitution gives them.

          • Frank

            There is no right to marry and sexual preference is not a constitutionally protected class.

            • http://twitter.com/KevinSagui Kevin Sagui

              The Supreme Court has ruled fourteen times that marriage is a fundamental right.

        • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

          Actually, 1st cousins can marry each other in more states than men can marry men, or women can marry women.

        • Kari Lynn

          You know that Vishnu (in the form of his only female avatar, Mohini)  had a child with Shiva, who is also a male deity, right? 

          So how is Shiva anyway?

        • Stev84

          Courts have rejected that “argument” as far back as 1948 in Perez v. Sharp. The freedom to marry means the right to marry the partner of one’s choice.

          And yeah, cousin marriage:
          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cousin_marriage_law_in_the_United_States_by_state

        • Edmond

          What would motivate you to marry a lesbian (I’m assuming you’re male)? Or vice versa? Would you encourage your daughter to marry a gay man? Is that a marriage worth pursuing, for anyone involved? Doesn’t marriage grant protections and provisions for the relationship between you and the person you fall in love with, and intend to spend the rest of your life with? Whose loved ones would benefit from a gay/straight marriage like that? If I marry a woman, how would that benefit my relationship with my partner of 8 years? How does that provide the protections that he and I seek for US? How and why would this strange woman be involved?

          Heterosexuals have the right to pick their own spouses, while homosexuals seem to be relegated to accept whoever YOU approve FOR us. The day is coming when we BOTH can choose our own spouses, ones which compliment our lives in the best possible way. THEN we will have equal rights.

          This isn’t a question of having MULTIPLE partners, like polygamists. This is about being allowed to have just the ONE. No heterosexual is prevented from falling in love with someone and marrying that person, they just can’t keep running with the concept endlessly. Should they? Do the WOMEN usually seem to be treated well in those arrangements? Is a marriage of two people equal to a marriage of twelve, or is there a way to turn the benefits of marriage into a numbers game?

          And you actually CAN marry your cousin, your FIRST cousin, in nearly two dozen US states. How about that, huh? And only THREE explicitly refuse to recognize cousin marriages from other states. What was that about equality?

          We don’t allow marriages between CLOSE family members, like between siblings, or between parents and children, but the point of marriage is to MAKE people INTO family. Marriage takes two people who are unrelated, and makes them into family members, so they have all the rights that they ALREADY have with a brother or sister, or a child or parent. There’s no NEED for people who are already family to marry and become family.

          You’re ignoring orientation. Everyone has one. You do, I do, polygamists and the incestuous do. But polygamy and incest are not orientations themselves. No man is ONLY able to fall in love with multiple persons. No young girl grew up just aching to be able to fall in love with that cute boy at school, if only he were her brother.

          Some people are seeking to write laws that specifically exclude people of same-sex orientations from being able to participate in marriage in any useful or meaningful way–with the single person that they have met and fallen in love with. These laws aren’t being created out of some sudden NEED, they directly target gay people, out of a sense of hatred, or disgust, or superiority, or religious incongruity, or a combination of any or all of these. But it is all unmerited slander. This is the perfect example of inequality.

          Whew! What IS the character limit here, anyway?

          • Puzzled

            I always enjoy seeing defenders of marriage equality (as I am, by the way) jump quickly to demonstrate that they will not defend marriage equality for those who are further from middle class values than they are. The assurance from defenders of homosexual marriage that they don’t want to protect perverts and deviants, that they are good monogamous folks, will not work in the end.

        • AxeGrrl

          Everyone does have equal rights. A gay man can marry a woman as much as a straight man can.

          *rolling eyes*  Please, not that tiresome, ridiculous ‘reply’ again.

          Do those of you who spout it actually think about it at all?

          It always makes me think of this great quote:

          “The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.” ~ Anatole France

        • http://twitter.com/FelyxLeiter Felyx Leiter

          “A straight man can’t marry another man just as a gay man can’t.”

          In CT, IA, MA, NH, NY and Washington, DC, they most certainly can. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/joequincy Jon Peterson

    This is why Google Search-by-image is A Good Thing® .

  • evan

    Well, if the Jim Henson Company follows through with a lawsuit to counter the bogus claims of “unsafe” toys being pulled, perhaps the IP address of the fake poster will come out in discovery. That should reveal something.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nikole.arnold Nikole Arnold

    Chick-fil-a is also in the middle of a law suit too boot. One of the chains in Georgia has been firing women who are pregnant so they can be “stay at home moms” against the women’s wishes. 
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/27/brenda-honeycutt-chick-fil-a-sues-gender-discrimination_n_1709645.html

  • JustSayin

    Is this just dribble to get attention as you many need to actually check facts. They have the highest average unit volumes in the industry. No one even close. They had their highest sales month ever during the protest. Their sales and profits, have never been higher in their history. What are you basing, “struggling to stay afloat” on? Your own wishes? It is certainly far from the facts. So, what is worse, an employee of a company posting on their website or a journalism student writing a factless story based on her emotion? The free market has made a choice on Chik Fil A, we can only hope your future employer reads this article and realizes you will be fit only for the National Enquirer. Use facts, it makes for a good debate. FYI, I am not connected to CFA in any manner, just hate bad journalism.


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