Don’t you love it when a boycott completely backfires?
Update: The media has pretty much picked up on this story across the board as of this evening. Even CNN got a story up at 8:01 p.m. ET.
Chick-fil-A president Dany Cathy expressed an opinion after being asked a question in an interview. The Chicago political machine, Boston Mayor Tom Menino (D), and a bunch of other Democrats went off the handle outright telling Chick-fil-A franchisees and corporate they were not welcome in their cities. They outright threatened to make any expansion into their areas a difficult road, simply because Cathy expressed the opinion he was simply not in favor of gay marriage.
Stupid celebrities chimed in. Left-wing activists called for boycotts and demanded action. But with little or no promotion at all, conservative groups across the country quietly suggested supporters of free speech support Chick-fil-A today … and they did in a big way.
Customers packed Chick-fil-A restaurants across metro Atlanta to support the business in light of the company president’s recent controversial comments.
Former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee declared Wednesday Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, urging people to eat at the restaurant. For weeks, the restaurant chain has faced backlash after its president, Dan Cathy, publicly announced his opposition to gay marriage.
But supporters came out in full force from Cobb and Gwinnett to Fulton and DeKalb counties. Channel 2 viewers emailed pictures showing lines wrapped around several restaurants in the metro area.
You probably won’t see this on the news, even through Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel (D) and Menino were granted plenty of time in front of the cameras and got plenty of exposure when they dissed Chick-fil-A. That said, almost none of the media out there noted today was Chick-fil-A appreciation day until about 8 a.m. this morning – the day of the completely un-organized event. Of course, some news outlets are reporting about how busy the restaurants were today - after the fact – simply because they could not ignore the long lines and traffic jams.
I read that one new restaurant in the Kansas City area delayed their opening by 24 hours in part due to the possibility of being completely overwhelmed. Side Note: The first 100 adults in line with an ID get free food for a year at that new location outside Kansas City tomorrow (Aug. 2) … so you need ID to get free chicken for a year, but you don’t need one to vote!
Check out this forum’s posts with more than 5 pages of reports from all over the place indicating Chick-fil-A received a bunch of support today.
- Shep Smith is an idiot
- 80-plus Wendy’s franchises in North Carolina stand with Chick-fil-A
- Chick-fil-A day
- A Chick-fil-A uprising
- Malkin … and Twitchy photos