For anyone who works in an office, there’s always the inevitable smelly lunch item hanging out in the refrigerator or heating up in the microwave that’s totally offensive. One company’s CEO is under fire for an entirely different type of offensive lunch, however. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey didn’t just get slammed in his own office — he had to answer to the people of Twitter after he revealed that he had eated at a Chick-fil-A.
Dorsey posted a screenshot on Sunday showing that he had gotten a 10 percent discount from the restaurant chain, writing: “Boost @ChickfilA.” It wasn’t long before Twitter users started pointing out how it might not be the best plan for him to promote Chick-fil-A during Pride Month.
Even CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien joined in, tweeting: “This is an interesting company to boost during Pride month, @jack.”
The criticism, of course, is over Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy’s views against gay marriage. In 2012, he noted that he supports a “biblical definition of family.”
One Twitter user wrote: “On behalf of the LGBT community, Jack, kindly boost your head out of you a**,” while another wrote: “Please delete this or follow up with how much free advertising you’re going to give GLAAD.” Still another person tweeted: “You must love the taste of bigotry!”
Another Twitter user added: “Why is Twitter boosting a notoriously anti-gay company during #PrideMonth and an outspokenly Christian company during #Ramadan?”
In response, Dorsey tweeted: “You’re right. Completely forgot about their background.”
Not everyone, however, could see the outrage in Dorsey eating at Chick-fil-A, with comments that included: “Why does anyone care where this guy gets his food? Mind your own business” and “We don’t need politics in our food options now! We already have it in our sports! Relax people!”
Naturally, there was plenty of mention of “snowflakes,” with one commenter noting: “Proving he’s an individual who can’t make his own decisions but caves like an empty suit to the demands of the snowflakes and their radical rulers! But no problem, most of us choose to eat at places based on great food… not political spinelessness!! Chick-fil-A has great food, great staff and great facilities!! Go Chick-fil-A!!!”
Another commenter added this perspective on the matter: “Oh for crying out loud, who cares? His tweet should have been about as interesting as a photo of a cat sleeping. I’m a homosexual, and I eat at Chick-Fil-A because they serve good food, the employees are friendly, and their restaurants are clean. It’s stuff like this that made me no longer identify as gay because it’s too politicized; instead I’m just a homosexual. I’m a simple man, that likes being a man, has served in the military (under DADT — and I wasn’t the biggest champion for its repeal), worked off-shore in the oil-fields, consider myself a Christian, and identify better with regular middle-class working people. This PC-outrage is tiring, and identity politics is ruining the country. If you don’t want to support a business, then don’t support a business. It’s that simple.”