As you no doubt have heard by now, Chick-fil-A’s president supports “the biblical definition of family” — that is, one man, one woman. (Presumably, those pro-concubine biblical verses don’t apply.) When he gave an interview saying as much, the internet erupted in protest (and support). And now, the hubbub has spread to the University of Maryland, where some students are petitioning to get the on-campus Chick-fil-A shut down. But are they being hypocritical?
There’s no word yet on the university’s response. And it should be noted that UMD’s campus boasts franchises of other fast food restaurants that are involved in a whole host of other practices that folks might find objectionable: McDonald’s contributes to the deforestation of the Amazonian rain forest; Taco Bell exploits farm workers. As far as I can tell, those franchises have enjoyed a happy, petition-free life at the school.
Over at PrettyQueer, Kelly Riel’s sarcastic take on the whole boycott drama seems appropriate:
And see, for a fast food giant like Chick-Fil-A, being anti-gay marriage is a huge issue. Because fast food companies are totally awesome all the time and don’t treat employees poorly and union bust and pay minimum wage. And it’s fast food, so they don’t price gouge to undercut comparable local businesses, serve feedlot animal products sourced from tortured livestock at polluting and dangerous megafarms, or support chemical-heavy monocrop agriculture that is destroying farmland and ecosystems across the planet. The food that they serve isn’t so heavily processed that we are hard-pressed to call it food or anything like that. We should totally hold them to a political standard of supporting gay marriage. That’s the only thing that matters with fast food, because everything else in that industry is just so morally infallible!
I’m just speaking for myself here, but… well, even though I’m all for reducing our dependency on fast food for any number of reasons, I have to wonder whether protests about the president of a corporation’s personal (and, to me, reprehensible) views are really the best place to fling our outrage.
In any case, the next time you’re at the University of Maryland, you might want to opt for a snack from the Maryland Food Co-Op. I bet their sandwiches taste better.
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