Several months ago Donnie expressed a belief that if he has a choice, he’d rather NOT buy something with the Nike emblem on it as long as they’re still sponsoring Michael Vick of dogfighting notoriety. He’s not getting on a soapbox about it, he just doesn’t like the taste it leaves in his mouth when he has to buy Nike stuff.
I struggled with that because I love Nike gear, it’s all I wear, so I went back to my old standby: Every company probably supports something I don’t agree with in one fashion or another. If I don’t research every dollar I spend I can’t get uppity about some of them.
Maybe this is lazy. Maybe this is spot-on. Either way, it’s how I kept buying all of my Nike gear even though they sponsored someone who used to make money fighting dogs.
It’s been my knowledge for years that Chick-fil-A – as a business – did not support Gay Rights. And while that is the one political issue I’ll actually argue with people about if I need to; I still ate there. Because A) I love their food and then my Nike reasoning B) I don’t research every dollar I spend so I can’t get uppity about some of them.
But then it became an issue EVERYONE knew about. People are talking about it on Facebook. On Twitter. In the line at Target. Everyone in the world now knows that Chick-fil-A doesn’t support Gay Rights and they are proudly proclaiming it to that world as a political stance. Cities are now banning their establishment in their borders. Entertainment conglomerates are breaking ties with them. And there are some groups promoting SUPPORT CHICK-FIL-A eat-ins to show they agree with the stance. Everyone is starting to attach those yummy chicken biscuits to anti-Gay rights. So you know what? I’m not eating there anymore.
It’s not about me Not Giving My Money To Someone I Don’t Agree With. I still stand by the fact that some corporations are so big we just don’t know how they spend their money. I can’t get self-righteous about it. No. This boycott is about something else.
This is me worried – no, TERRIFIED – that someone will think I’m against Gay Rights.
The issue of Gay Rights hits home to me as it affects several close friends and family. This is not just a bumper-sticker issue, this is a personal issue that touches my life every day. I do not, under any circumstances, want anyone to ever doubt: KIM SUPPORTS GAY RIGHTS. And now that Chick-fil-A is so public about their stance against them, I can’t take that risk. I can’t go through a drive-thru for breakfast and have even one person see me and think, “Hmm…she must not care about their stance on Gay Rights.”
It’s less about boycotting for ethical spending reasons and more about boycotting out of sheer embarrassment.
Because it is an issue close to my heart – as you all know. And thankfully, it’s an issue that is becoming more and more supported every day. If anyone thinks that in 10 years this movement is going to be more on the Chik-Fil-A side of things? They don’t understand how the fight for civil rights works. In the future, people are going to be remembered for where they stood on this issue and I want to make sure – when the day comes when my friends and family can finally marry the person they love regardless of gender – that I’m not remembered eating a chicken sandwich.
No matter how delicious it is.
Addendum: I’ve avoiding getting political here for years because I have a long tirade I like to go on about how frustrated I am with politics and government. However, I will say this: the opposing side of the Chick-fil-a issue is siding with Mike Huckabee who said something disparaging about a Mayor who makes decisions for a city based on personal disagreements with a CEO. (In reference to Boston’s Mayor publicly declaring he won’t allow Chick-fil-A in the city.) Now, I kinda agree that this is shitty. I prefer that the citizens of Boston sign a petition to keep the restaurant out, or something like that. If the Mayor of Huntsville blanketly banned a restaurant for openly supporting Gay Rights? I’d be pissed. Because – while I hate that this is true – Chick-fil-A is not doing something illegal. The CEO does not support Gay Rights, but they don’t ban gay people from eating there. Until they publicly do that, they aren’t doing anything illegal. So, while I support his political stance, I’m not sure if that’s the best way to promote it.
(SEE. Reasonable people can hear arguments from the other side and say, “Hmm….I kinda get that point.” WHY ISN’T EVERYONE REASONABLE?)