by German Lopez
Posted In: LGBT Issues
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Jim Hensen Company says it won’t partner with Chick-Fil-A over company’s anti-gay stance
Even the Muppets disapprove of Chick-Fil-A’s anti-gay
policies. On Friday, the Jim Henson Company released a statement on
Facebook claiming the company known for the Muppets would no longer be
partnering up with Chick-Fil-A.
“The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced
diversity and inclusiveness for over fifty years and we have notified
Chick-Fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future
endeavors,” the company said in the statement.
The statement went on to announce the company, under the
order of CEO Lisa Henson, will be donating payments received from
Chick-Fil-A to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), one of the biggest pro-gay-rights groups in the
The news comes after a week of scrutiny following company
president Dan Cathy’s declaration that he is against gay marriage.
Politicians piled on to the news.
Same-sex marriage opponents praised the company for its stance, while
prominent Democrats and Republicans criticized Chick-Fil-A for the
The company has long held an anti-gay stance. It has
publicly supported and funded anti-gay groups, and the company was
reported to be co-sponsoring a marriage conference with the anti-gay
group Pennsylvania Family Institute last year.
Chick-Fil-A has also been known for promoting
fundamentalist Christian values. Founder Samuel Truett Cathy has
identified himself as a staunch Christian, and the chain’s restaurants
close on Sundays to respect Christian values. Even the company’s
corporate purpose statement invokes religion: “To glorify God by being a
faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us."
The company has also been criticized for religious
discrimination in the past. In 2002, a former Muslim employee sued the
company because he claimed he was fired for not participating in a group
prayer to Jesus Christ. The lawsuit was settled out of court for an