The Jim Henson Company, creator of the Muppets, has cut ties with a fast-food restaurant chain, The Huffington Post reports. The chain is Chick-fil-A, and the move comes in response to comments by Chick-fil-A’s CEO in which he publicly came out against gay marriage, the story reports.
The Jim Henson Company was in a partnership with Chick-fil-A to feature toys from the Jim Henson’s Creature Shop in the food company’s kid’s meals from mid-July to Aug. 18.
On Friday, using its Facebook page, The Muppets organization issued a statement that said: "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. Lisa Henson, our CEO, is personally a strong supporter of gay marriage and has directed us to donate the payment we received from Chick-fil-A to GLAAD."
Chick-fil-A boss Dan Cathy expressed opposition to gay marriage in a number of recent interviews, the publication notes. In one of those, he said: "I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,’ and I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about.”