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Celebs weigh in on Chick-fil-A flap

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UPDATE: Chick-fil-A just announced the sudden death of its longtime spokesman this morning, reportedly from a heart attack. Here is a link to that story.

A number of celebrities have joined the myriad other commentators in discussing Chick-fil-A.

“Chick Fil A is delicious, give me a #1 with cheese cut in half,” tweeted Atlanta hip hop star Big Boi, who later tweeted, “Chick-fil-A is closed on Sunday in honor of the Sabbath, you know how many folk miss that chicken for 1 day.”

Roseanne Barr struck a differing tone, tweeting that anyone who dines at the restaurant chain “deserves to get the cancer that is sure to come from eating antibiotic filled tortured chickens 4Christ.” She later clarified her sentiments, saying she did not actually wish cancer on anyone. “I should have been more careful in choice of words,” she said in a follow-up tweet.

Also invoking medical conditions was celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, who tweeted, “I heard #ChickFilA gives you diarrhea!”

Atlanta native Ed Helms, the actor of “The Office,” “The Hangover” and “Jeff, Who Lives at Home” note, tweeted: “Chick-Fil-A doesn’t like gay people? So lame. Hate to think what they do to the gay chickens! Lost a loyal fan.”

Celebrities Roseanne Barr, from top left, Perez Hilton, Dave Ramsey and Big Boi have weighed in on Chick-fil-A

Celebrities Roseanne Barr, from top left, Perez Hilton, Dave Ramsey and Big Boi have weighed in on Chick-fil-A

And Mia Farrow tweeted a link to an essay on the Think Progress website that said in part, “”There is … no accurate way to reduce Chick-fil-A’s words and actions to merely defending ‘biblical principles.’ This is — in every way, shape, and form — a company proactively engaging against the interests of LGBT people, and that is the quite justified reason for outcry.”

Prominent supporters of the Atlanta-based chain include pro hockey player Tim Thomas. “I stand with Chick-fil-A,” he wrote on his Facebook page. Mike Hubbard, speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives, had Chick-fil-A for breakfast today. “Treated my staff to breakfast from Chick-fil-A to support free speech, family values and delicious chicken biscuits,” he tweeted.

U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, on the other hand, tweeted, “For the record, I prefer Kentucky Fried Chicken.”

And San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee joined Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in urging the chain to stay away. “Closest Chick-fil-A to San Francisco is 40 miles away and I strongly recommend that they not try to come any closer,” Lee tweeted.

Financial guru Dave Ramsey, a bestselling author and talk-show host who sells out stadiums all across the country with his live events, tweeted his support: “I LOVE Chick-fil-A food and Dan Cathy is a personal friend. I will be buying a biscuit on Aug. 1 to tell them I love them. Join me.”

He was referring to a movement spearheaded by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who is encouraging people to dine at Chick-fil-A on Aug. 1. Former presidential candidate Rick Santorum is actively supporting “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” as well. In a statement, the Rev. Billy Graham said he will participate as well.

“I … appreciate Gov. Mike Huckabee’s leadership and for encouraging Americans to support Chick-fil-A on Aug. 1,” he said. “As the son of a dairy farmer who milked many a cow, I plan to ‘Eat Mor Chikin’ and show my support by visiting Chick-fil-A next Wednesday.”

Atlanta author Jackson Pearce is urging a counter-movement on that date. “On … the day Mike Huckabee wants Chick-Fil-A supporters to patronize the restaurant, go to Chick-Fil-A. Ask for a large water and nothing else,” she said in a post on YouTube. “See if they adhere to Proverbs 25:21 (”If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.”) and give it to you. If they do, yay! You took a few cents from their hate fund! If they don’t, well…I guess they’re proving their principals aren’t so ‘biblical.’”

The debate stems from Cathy’s comments regarding marriage.

“We are very much supportive of the family – the biblical definition of the family unit,” he said in an interview with the Biblical Reporter. Here is a link to his entire statement.

While a number of economics experts pondered whether the flap will harm Chick-fil-A’s bottom line, University of Georgia marketing professor Sundar Bharadwaj told the Associated Press that it likely will weather the criticism relatively unscathed.

With more than 5.2 million Facebook fans and more than 180,000 Facebook users discussing it at the moment (according to a metrics snapshot), Chick-fil-A is certainly awash in commentary. The women on “The View” discussed it with Elisabeth Hasselbeck saying, “As citizens, if you don’t like something… you don’t have to buy anything there” and Whoopi Goldberg saying, “You don’t like what they’re doing, don’t go. But do not step on their right to have an opinion. This is still America.”

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

837 comments Add your comment

Jaggar

July 26th, 2012
6:36 pm

Thank you Elizabeth and Whoopi! Everyone has a right to their beliefs and opinions. I am positive Chick-Fil-A will come out on top. It is their right to stay firm to their beliefs and I commend them for not swaying. They are a huge company who has made it with out being open on Sunday as they observe the Sabbath. Good going Chick-Fil-A!

Right to speak

July 26th, 2012
6:36 pm

I have never cared much for Whoopi’s views but I ttal agree with her on this. Everyone in America has the right to voice their opinion. That goes for both sides of the issue. I personally side with Cathy, I believe in the Biblical definition of marriage.

Saul Good

July 26th, 2012
6:37 pm

Besides the fact that the company is run by homophobe bigots (come to think…ever see a Muslim working at one)?… whoever wants to eat that crap…feel free…eat TONS of it. It’s JUNK FOOD…brought to you by Talibangelical fans of jesus. So step right up and drink a 400 calorie sweet tea while clogging your aorta… you deserve what you’ll get by eating MORE chicken a Chick-kk-k.

qb

July 26th, 2012
6:37 pm

Everyone is entitled to their opinion. In my opinion Chick Fil A has damn good lemonade!

Jeff

July 26th, 2012
6:39 pm

Wow, I never thought I would agree with Whoopi Goldberg

KimZ'sPackage

July 26th, 2012
6:41 pm

The 1st amendment gives them the right to do what they do.

the Politicians running their mouths and trying to Stop Chick-fil-A from doing business in their states or towns are breaking the LAW.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Mike Geigerman

July 26th, 2012
6:41 pm

Wow I am agreeing with Whoopi for the very first time.. See at Chic Fila August first

Saul Good

July 26th, 2012
6:41 pm

Fast food is FAT food…and guess who are the FATTEST Americans? Those who attend church regularly… good… because in the end it only leaves you getting “closer” to “your” god (as she’s one of MANY human created and made up gods) at a quicker pace. So eat more of it…go there right now and have a few chicKKKen sandwiches with your sugar water drink… it will get you to where you think a heaven exists faster… make sure to eat breakfast there tomorrow as well…that’s weven healthier!!!

RGB

July 26th, 2012
6:42 pm

In addition to buying lunch today at Chick-fil-A, I purchased $60 in gift cards to give to members of the military when I see them to express appreciation for all they do. Were it not for the recent incoherent rants of the Secular Left, I would not have made these purchases.

But in doing so I can show my support for a fantastic company that serves great products (with the best, most courteous service in the industry), and also support our military heroes.

Truett Cathy is a great man, a superb businessperson, a role model–and most importantly–obedient to the Gospel.

God will continue to bless Chick-fil-A and I’ll continue to support them.

Thanks Mr. Cathy!

Mike Geigerman

July 26th, 2012
6:42 pm

Never going back to Boston… That’s my right to.

Saul Good

July 26th, 2012
6:43 pm

RGB>…feel free to kill yourself eating that crap…but why slowly kill our esteemed service members? We want them HEALTHY…not eating JUNK food…

pee wee herman

July 26th, 2012
6:44 pm

someone should tell perez hilton its not the chicken but other objects entering his body in places where diarrhea comes out that causes diarrhea

Saul Good

July 26th, 2012
6:44 pm

MIke…enjoy blowing off the birthplace of our nation… show how much you care about it…

Chris Sanchez

July 26th, 2012
6:46 pm

Wow! Whoopi Goldberg is off script reminding liberals that it is okay to have an opinion and that this is still America!

RGB

July 26th, 2012
6:48 pm

One more thing: Rahm “Deadfish” Immanuel went on record to proudly state that Chicago rejects the values that Chick-fil-A holds as dear.

Wasn’t that already obvious?!

Rahm will try anything to distance himself from his dismal death record:

“Homicides in Chicago have jumped by 38 percent, increasing from 66 in the first half of 2011 to 240 for the same time period in 2012, according to The New York Times.

Critics point to Emanuel’s consolidation of three police departments and cuts to police spending by $67 million — mostly by removing 1,300 department jobs — as a leading cause of the violence, The New York Times reported.”

Earl

July 26th, 2012
6:48 pm

Just because you have the right to say whatever you want, doesn’t mean that you always should — don’t be so focused on being Christian that you forget to be Christ-like — and a decent human being.

And as far as Biblical definition of marriage, I wonder how many masters will bring their slaves to Chick-fil-A on August 1st? Or plural marriages? Or those wives won in battles? The Bible is full of multiple definitions of marriage. Stop using soundbites from the GOP to push your own bigotted beliefs.

Allen

July 26th, 2012
6:50 pm

Corporations are better served steering clear of hot potato political issues . . . it is a no-win situation. I am personally disappointed a business I frequently patronize(d) openly funds discrimination.

RGB

July 26th, 2012
6:50 pm

Saul is lonely because no one will spar with the poor, lost soul.

I pray for your recovery.

pee wee herman

July 26th, 2012
6:51 pm

His name is Earl.Wow that was deep.bottom line is there food is good.i welcome it being less crowded. good riddance

RGB

July 26th, 2012
6:52 pm

Allen:

You wrote: “I am personally disappointed a business I frequently patronize(d) openly funds discrimination.”

Please explain how the company has discriminated against anyone–anyone at all.

That’s right: You cannot.

Saul Good

July 26th, 2012
6:55 pm

outside of the kkk embraced leanings of white people in the South…chick-kk-k is NOT loved…in fact there sales are already off. So keep eating more chicKKKen and you’ll soon be with you forever loving gay jesus…that’s right JESUS was a known homosexual. Name one woman he was ever with…he ONLY seem to hang out with guys… your gay jesus would gladly be boycotting both chick-kk-k as well as the Talinbangelical cult you have set up in his name…he’s the furthest thing from what you talibangelicals preach. Division of humans based upon your bigotry…

Ronzul

July 26th, 2012
6:56 pm

Chik-Fil-A’s having blowout numbers this week. The extreme minority rattling their sabers aren’t doing ANYTHING but encouraging the majority of hard working NORMAL folks to support this GREAT ESTABLISHMENT.

Janice

July 26th, 2012
6:56 pm

The public outrage is long overdue.
Chick-fil-A has never made a secret of the bigotry and intolerance of its conservative corporate ethos. The company has openly (and sometimes illegally) factored a potential employee’s marital status and civic and church involvement in its hiring process, and gives millions of dollars in contributions to pretty much any organization that works to defeat gay marriage.
http://gigabiting.com/those-arent-fries-on-chick-fil-as-values-menu/

Aneulena

July 26th, 2012
6:57 pm

I support Chick-fil-A. I have many LGBT friends and even family members and I love them all. But when did it become wrong to agree with the Bible? Marriage was created to be between a man and a woman. That’s the truth! Have we as a nation allowed for a broader interpretation of marriage? Yes, we have! I respect the right of members of the LGBT community to marry who they love, and I believe they should also respect my right to say that while I accept them for who they are, I believe in the traditional biblical view of marriage.

KimZ'sPackage

July 26th, 2012
6:57 pm

In 2006, the Dixie Chicks were PRAISED by ABC for expressing their “1st Amendment” rights by TRASHING President Bush. http://bit.ly/MME45Y

In 2012, ABC runs a HIT PIECE on Chick-fil-A, for expressing THEIR 1st Amendment rights and SUPPORTING traditional marriage.

ChikFilASupporter

July 26th, 2012
6:58 pm

I support Mr. Cathy’s statement. To each his/her own. I follow the principles of the Bible. I am still a Christian and act Christ like. Making the statement he made isn’t un Christlike. I don’t dislike gays or lesbians. I support the insititute of the tradititional marriage. I will continue to eat at Chik Fil A and I certainly hope I remember to grab a bite on 1 Aug.

barneyfife

July 26th, 2012
7:00 pm

@Saul Good:
One does not need to be a bigot, homopobe, or evangelical to recognize that you are a total moron.

melanie

July 26th, 2012
7:01 pm

Just look at the “celebrities” that are against this food chain, rest my case!! The ones who are against it are low life celebrities & their opinions do not mount to a hill of beans. I support this food chain & will continue to support it. Do you think it will hurt sales; not even close. it will boost them if nothing else. Thank you Chik – Fil – A for having a strong moral business that has lasted for many many years & will last for years to come.

Cujo Bendi

July 26th, 2012
7:01 pm

I’m straight as an arrow, but I support gay marriage. The guy that has been cutting my hair the last ten years has been with his husband for over ten years and they are good people. They can’t help the way they are REDNECKS! The book of Leviticus is that says a man shouldn’t lie with another man is the same book that says you shouldn’t eat catfish, trout and pigs… However, I will never stop eating chick fil a. Too tasty!

KimZ'sPackage

July 26th, 2012
7:02 pm

Saul Good
July 26th, 2012
6:44 pm

MIke…enjoy blowing off the birthplace of our nation… show how much you care about it…
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I would say Philly was the birthplace of our nation. Philly is where the 1st Continental Congress met and formed our nations foundation “The US Constitution”.

Saul Good hateful bigot

July 26th, 2012
7:03 pm

Why so hateful Saul?

RambleOn84

July 26th, 2012
7:03 pm

Some people are pathetic…

Politipoop

July 26th, 2012
7:03 pm

Wow! Chicken sandwich makers stirring up a hornets nest. I’m sure all of this publicity will give them a record quarter. Genius!

Saul Good spewing the hate. Good job buddy. You make me laugh with your nonsense.

MyPatootie

July 26th, 2012
7:04 pm

Perez Hilton has “diarrhea” of the mouth, and he gives me “diarrhea” of the opposite end whenever I see or hear him. Who really cares what any of these Hollywood “elite” have to say about it anyway? I don’t even go to movies anymore, and I do plan to ear at C-F-A on Aug. 01 not once, but breakfast, lunch, and dinner! This group of LGHEIVBMMCSLLSETUSTUOWOD only represents about 2% of the US, so do they really think they can put a dent in CFA’s profit? Here’s betting it increases.

Kim Kay

July 26th, 2012
7:05 pm

It’s very disappointing to see what is happening. CFA is an excellent place for the family and the food is good. Yes, it is fast food, so what. I support CFA 100 %. It is their right to express how they feel. The gay community is mad and whining like little babies cause a huge corporation doesnt agree with the lifestyle they live and support their values. So like the whining little cry babies they are they try and hurt CFA with nasty words and boycotts. It won’t work…BRING it is all I can say. This community insists that they deserve fair treatment and equal rights. Thats all fine and good…but you CANT force your pathetic beliefs on anyone Christian or not. If you dont wanna eat at CFA dont go bit I can promise you closed minded overbearing group of people that I will and I know many many many many more people that will. Its the groups and individuals like YOU that cause your cause to remain unsupported because you think you can FORCE people to believe that you were born this way etc…so flipping what. I dont walk around saying that becAUSE IM STRAIGHT THAT YOU SHOULD BOW TO ME AND KIDD MY REAR. Ok..Im done now off to CFA…yum!

Saul good is a puke

July 26th, 2012
7:06 pm

Choke on one Saul, by the way where do you live? It seems to be the libtard’s course of action so let’s turn it around for a change.

RambleOn84

July 26th, 2012
7:08 pm

Typical homosexuals being overdramatic…if you disagree with them, it is because you are a “bigot” or a “homophobe” or a “redneck” or some other derogatory name.

I personally don’t care if a man marries another man or a sheep if that’s what he feels like…the issue for most Christians is that they don’t want homosexuality to enter the realm of “marriage.” I don’t necessarily think they’re right, but they’re entitled to their opinion without being harassed by politicians who should be doing their job and stop worrying about the opinions of American citizens.

James

July 26th, 2012
7:09 pm

Just shut up! So tired of so-called Christians complaining about gay people AND picking & choosing what to follow in the bible. The bible says that you can’t eat shellfish. It says you can’t eat pork. It also says that you must marry a virgin, or else the fiance should be killed. Stop picking & choosing what to follow and pushing your views of what you decide to follow onto others!

Weena

July 26th, 2012
7:12 pm

We who live in NYC have always found CFA to be a bit too southern white trashy for our tastes. You rednecks will never know true casual food cause you ain’t never getting a Shake Shack. Now go gnaw on that Jesus chicken and engage in some good ole domestic violence.

creative

July 26th, 2012
7:13 pm

I may pass out from not caring so much. Now if you don’t mind I am going to get back to my delicious Ckik Fil A sandwich waffle fries and peach milkshake while enjoying the last half of Brokeback Mountain. Saul Food you suck just as bad as the extreme right wing that you are trying to make fun of dude. Try some new material dbag

Kim Kay

July 26th, 2012
7:13 pm

Really James? So called Christians complaining? Bahahaha what do u think your little gay community is doing. Come on now …..lets be real here my friend…..problem is and bottom line they are mad cause they dont get support..they need support to promote their agenda….kinda like a president needs support…to get votes…you understand what I mean James? Maybe instead of the “so-called” Christians its the so called Gays

Chick-fil-A & having the right to an opinion ROCKS!!

July 26th, 2012
7:14 pm

I have been blown away to see this be such a main news story with all that we’ve got going on. How quickly we’ve forgotten how great it is to just be alive!

Chick-fil-A has ALWAYS been closed on Sunday’s. We know their belief system. We knew this was their stance on things before Dan ever said a word … And he’s note been forceful about it, just has his opinions and beliefs.

I am so happy for everyone that has found their partner for life, no matter what sexual orientation. Not my business. To each his own who they want to be with and what they want to believe in religiously.

God bless the awesome gays & the tasty Chick-fil-A sandwiches!! And let’s show our support for Chick-fil-A and keep our local economy booming!!

creative

July 26th, 2012
7:14 pm

To reiterate…Conservatives are idiots and liberals are losers.

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El Mongol

July 26th, 2012
7:15 pm

First off I defend Cathy’s right to express his opinion. However, I wonder if he thought about all the employees and operators who are not millionaires and count on sales for their living.

Secondly, if I am not mistaken this is an issue that has been created by the radical gay rights groups who have been pursuing them for several years. I think that is why he said, “guilty as charged”.

Third, just because you feel a certain behavior is not the most appropriate does not mean you hate those who engage in that behavior. While calling someone a hatemonger makes good press it is basically a lie.

Maybe the people who talk so much about tolerance should practice a little themselves.

Saul good is a puke

July 26th, 2012
7:15 pm

Saul Good Is A Puke and 2 men or 2 women can not PRO-CREATE so what is natural about that?

Logic is a bitch

July 26th, 2012
7:15 pm

Saul, are you pissed that Chick-Fil-A won’t take your EBT card?

creative

July 26th, 2012
7:15 pm

Kim Kay=James

creative

July 26th, 2012
7:16 pm

Logic…first funny comment congrats to you sir or maam

Kim Kay

July 26th, 2012
7:17 pm

creative=most amazing person ever!