NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio Encourages Boycott Of “Anti-LGBT” Chick-Fil-A
In a recent statement, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio openly discouraged New Yorkers from going to Chick-Fil-A on the basis that the company is anti-LGBT and that patronizing any of the three locations in the city is basically supporting bigotry. His strongly voiced stance against the franchise was provoked by Chick-Fil-A’s current plans to open up a fourth location in Queens.
Not only does Mayor De Blasio strongly encourage people to avoid supporting the popular chicken franchise, but he is hoping to spearhead a citywide boycott that will indelibly dent their success, well, at least in New York.
De Blasio went on to expand his thoughts in a statement:
“Chick-fil-A is anti-LGBT. This group imparts a strong anti-LGBT message by forcing their employees and volunteers to adhere to a policy that prohibits same-sex love. It is outrageous that Chick-fil-A is quietly spreading its message of hate by funding these types of organizations.”
He emphasized his point by urging others to boycott the eatery altogether, while admitting Chick-Fil-A’s legal right to continue operating:
“I’m certainly not going to patronize them and I wouldn’t urge any other New Yorker to patronize them. But they do have a legal right.”
As you can see here, many of the customers are aware of the controversy but don’t feel the need to steer their purchasing power based on that. Or as one woman revealed, Bill De Blasio’s boycot made her want Chick-Fil-A even more (because logic).
Perhaps it’s a case of anti-authoritarianism De Blasio has on his hands or maybe it’s pure, literal hunger, but either way, it seems that, unsurprisingly, those who are in love with the food of Chick-Fil-A will find a way to eat it.
Naturally, these Chick-Fil-A responded with a “Who? What? US?! Never!” statement:
“The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect – regardless of their beliefs, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender. We are a restaurant company comprised of 80,000 individuals who represent different backgrounds and beliefs, and we are all focused on offering great food, service and hospitality.”
Although that all sounds good and well, Chick-Fil-A seemed to conveniently curb actually addressing their same-sex marriage controversy, and while mentioning their diverse employees never presented concrete ways in which they fairly treat workers as a company.
So, what’s the next step for the battle between NYC branches of Chick-Fil-A and Mayor De Blasio?! Who cares; there’s so goddamn much good chicken in New York. We’re all going to be fine.