If the Muppets Are For You, Who Can Be Against?

The Jim Henson Company has announced that it will no longer partner with the Chick-Fil-A restaurant chain as a result of their anti-gay advocacy and the recent comments made by their CEO. On their Facebook Page, the Jim Henson Company posted the following:

The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness for over fifty years and we have notified Chick-Fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors. Lisa Henson, our CEO is personally a strong supporter of gay marriage and has directed us to donate the payment we received from Chick-Fil-A to GLAAD. (http://www.glaad.org/)

The comments are interesting, trending toward positive the last I checked. Not a bad sign.

Unfortunately for Chick-Fil-A, the best celebrity endorsement they could wrangle is Mike Huckabee. His attempt to create a “Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day” is frankly no Muppet Movie. Via Buzzfeed:

I ask you to join me in speaking out on Wednesday, August 1 “Chick Fil-A Appreciation Day.” No one is being asked to make signs, speeches, or openly demonstrate. The goal is simple: Let’s affirm a business that operates on Christian principles and whose executives are willing to take a stand for the Godly values we espouse by simply showing up and eating at Chick Fil-A on Wednesday, August 1.

Sorry, Huck, I’m be home that night, watching “The Muppet Show” on Netflix.

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  • http://cranialhyperossification.blogspot.com GDad

    I’ll do you one better, vorjack. I’ll buy the next season for my collection of The Muppet Show on DVD.

  • Kyle J

    Unless you’re having the discs delivered, you’re not going to be watching The Muppet Show on Netflix.

  • Kodie

    I really appreciate public statements, for or against something. It just makes it clear that corporations are run by people with beliefs, and they are not just doing business and donating to whatever cause that you have to research to find out. They are not agreeing to disagree, mildly going about their business, “secretly” donating to their respective causes; they are coming right out and saying, pointing and naming who or what they are opposed to. I like this trend in general. I like to see Chick-fil-A take away any illusions one might have where one’s money spent there may go, and I like to see the Muppet/Henson corporation being explicit in their position as well, regarding marriage equality and Chick-fil-A in particular.

    It is becoming easier to spot people on their own beliefs because they can’t feign ignorance, and the conversation isn’t just dying down and being run by the big pockets of corporations. Many people will boycott Muppets and patronize Chick-fil-A, and that’s fine too – we’ll know that they know exactly what they’re doing when they do that. I love to see something as traditionally wholesome as the Muppets (who I thought were under Disney?) not keeping quiet about this and saying out loud and they are not afraid of their bottom line to be public and specific and straightforward about their reasons and their intentions.

  • grumpygirl

    Those fine, Godly, Christian values that Mike Huckabee promotes are…hatred and intolerance???

    • Norm

      Actually as i see it they are promoting a vast majority world view on marriage,not a hint of hate or intolerance.Let them keep their silly toys!!!

      • Mogg

        Soooo… given that the vast majority of humanity (about 2/3 of the total world population) are not Christian, should we ban the right to worship in churches? Majority rules are not necessarily a great way to determine either rights or laws.

        Incidentally, where I live the latest polling shows that around 70% of the national population is in favour of equal marriage rights. That’s not any kind of majority, let alone a vast one.

        • Norm

          Sooo what are the other 2/3 ? Muslim,Hindu,ect.How would they view same sex marriage???? Incidentally,where i live 92% disagree with same sex marriage,that my dear is a vast majority,and i carnt belive 8% agree

          • Kodie

            A majority of stupid is still stupid. Stupider than average. Stupider than most. In the upper percentile. What makes you think you’re fit to govern yourselves, much less govern 8% of sensible people just by mob mentality? “Let them keep their silly toys” you say, you’re so confident in the sheer numbers of your ignorance and yet you still have something to come here and complain about? Or you’re just gloating? Not a bit of hate or intolerance in gloating you have 92% power of tyranny where you live. No one will ever get a right or freedom that can be squished by an overwhelming majority. You’ve heard of the Revolutionary War?

            Silly freak, that’s not how civil liberties work. Religion strangles love, it strangles respect for others. You’re within your freedom to believe, to hate, just not to tell anyone that your god has to tell them what to do and who to marry. Go ahead and give all your money to Dan Cathy, that’s your free market at work, and put a screen door on a submarine while you’re at it.

            I don’t know where you live, but a place with low educational standards, and a fearful place for people who love freedom.

          • Mogg

            Way to deliberately misinterpret the point. I was trying to illustrate that just because something is a minority opinion doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t be allowed. I happened to choose the example of religion because it’s an easy go-to on a site like this. I could just as easily have given the example of people who like Vegemite (a black, salty, yeast-based spread just in case you don’t know) on their morning toast – most people worldwide don’t like it, or even think it’s disgusting even if they have never tried it and never want to. By your reasoning, Vegemite should be banned as well, and using such a trivial example shows just how ridiculous that would be.

            The second point, of course, was that your “worldwide majority” was, in fact, not true in all countries, particularly Western ones. Your 92% figure – was that for your entire country? Which country? I’m in Australia.

            • Len

              I’m guessing that norm means 92% in his church.

            • Ken

              Sometime the lack of a sense of humor cuts both ways. I hate it when the funny bites me in the ass.

  • DMG

    Quick, Chick Fil-A, better come up with a classy response like…


    …yeah.. not that.

  • Perry

    Why is the CEO of this organization excluding a group of people and claiming the moral high ground in doing it? That is bigotry at its worst. Does her bigotry extend to hiring practices? Does she hire a normal quota of Christians, for example? Atheists used to be on the receiving end of such bigotry and exclusion. I have felt it when I was an atheist. Will we be able to objectively reduce bigotry or are we just shifting it around according to who has the power? My real

    • vasaroti

      What part of “diversity and inclusiveness” do you not understand?

  • idea1013

    Chick-fil-a’s reaction to this was to outright lie about it- Cathy and crew should be ashamed: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/07/24/henson/ Chick claims Muppet toys are being recalled due to a possible safety issue.

  • Ken

    Y’know, on August 1 we can all go to Chic-fil-a, look at the menu, and when they ask if they can serve us, just say, “No thanks,I just came to gawk at the gay-bashers.” Then quietly leave without spending a dime. Alone or in groups, it does send a message, and only takes about 2 minutes. If your phone records audio or video, it might be priceless.