Why the Muppets Severed Ties With Fast-Food Company

Jul 23, 2012  •  Post A Comment

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.”

6 Comments

  1. I wonder if cathy was looking in the mirror when he was talking about being prideful and arrogant. By the way, Dan, marriage was formed so that you could legally lay claim to your wife as a possession. It was later adopted by various religions as a codified “law”.

  2. Muppets loss. Chick-fil-A will still go on strong. I support Chic-fil-A!!
    And I’m sure I do business with lots of companies that do support gay marriage. It’s just not a reason for me to boycott or decry a company as long as they’re good at what they do… like Chic-fil-A

  3. Spoken like a true republican Dan. I bet you still support white only bathrooms too.

  4. Listen as a Qweer, I must say that the Muppets have their own choice, as an entity. They can do what they feel needs to be done. I say that maybe we should move away from “marriage” as a term. Why not just call it “hitched” or some other term, but make it universally legal, as in socialistic. Lets face it, some people do not want anyone but their own kind to have both responsibility and equality. By moving towards another phrase for a legally binding institution, we can get over this whole “marriage problem.” After that, we can get done what needs to be done. It takes a fag to come up with the simplest solution…. but as usual, I’ll just get ignored.

  5. What if the company was owned by a Muslim instead of a Christian, would there be the same reaction? I doubt it.

  6. Remember folks:
    THERE IS NO GOD

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