Jim Henson Company Cuts Ties With Anti-Gay Chick-Fil-A


Ah, the Chick-Fil-A dilemma: Sure, the company makes some of the tastiest fast-food chicken in the business, but when you eat there, you’re supporting a company whose conservative Southern Baptist views have led it to donate millions of dollars to anti-gay groups. So, is the delicious junk food worth it? Last fall, the NYU student Senate decided it was, in a landslide vote to keep the restaurant on campus. But apparently the Muppets aren’t such an easy sell on cheap chicken sandwiches served with a side of bigotry.

Last fall, The Jim Henson Company began licensing its Jim Henson’s Pajanimals to Chick-Fil-A for kids’ meals. Less than a year later, their executives have thought better of the partnership. In a Facebook message that has garnered nearly 5,000 “Likes” so far, the company writes that it “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.” Someone had better alert Kermit, because if this isn’t the “Rainbow Connection,” we don’t know what is. [via The Wrap]