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19 Sep 2012 01:47 PM   |   6168 clicks   |   Mercury News
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Saborlas    [TotalFark]  
Too little, too late. And you're only doing it as an advertising stunt, not because it's the right thing to do.

19 Sep 2012 12:48 PM
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Bontesla     
This is impossible. You see, I was informed that a boycott wouldn't be effective.

19 Sep 2012 12:51 PM
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Aarontology    [TotalFark]  

Saborlas: Too little, too late. And you're only doing it as an advertising stunt, not because it's the right thing to do.


Right?

can you believe these motherf*ckers gave in and stopped funding hate groups? The nerve.

19 Sep 2012 12:52 PM
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scottydoesntknow    [TotalFark]  
So when are the christians going to start screaming that CFA is being oppressed and this is a conspiracy by the gay agenda?

19 Sep 2012 12:52 PM
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Marcus Aurelius    [TotalFark]  
The only time business and politics should mix is when you're paying off your Congressman.

19 Sep 2012 12:55 PM
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cameroncrazy1984    [TotalFark]  
While this is good, I'd like to see them balance it out by starting to donate to pro-gay groups.

19 Sep 2012 12:55 PM
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kid_icarus    [TotalFark]  
So, do we all just copy & paste our comments from the other (shot down) thread?

19 Sep 2012 12:56 PM
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SphericalTime    [TotalFark]  

Saborlas: Too little, too late. And you're only doing it as an advertising stunt, not because it's the right thing to do.


I don't know. I think saying that they were going to fund special rights for heterosexuals and then shuttting up long enough for the right wing to sponsor Chik-fil-A appreciation days was the advertising stunt. I think this is more along the lines of "crap, we need to get back to real work."

19 Sep 2012 12:58 PM
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Stoj    [TotalFark]  
Damnit. Now where are the anti-gay people going to eat? Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits?

19 Sep 2012 01:04 PM
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Vodka Zombie     
Fark 'em.

Let them die.

19 Sep 2012 01:04 PM
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Aarontology    [TotalFark]  

Vodka Zombie: Fark 'em.

Let them die.


/pat

19 Sep 2012 01:09 PM
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PolloDiablo    [TotalFark]  

Saborlas: Too little, too late. And you're only doing it as an advertising stunt, not because it's the right thing to do.


I've seen this sentiment a lot today, and it's farking ridiculous.

I'll repeat what I said in another thread, people complained loudly, and Chick-fil-a took notice and fixed the problem. While I'm not naive enough to think it was anything more than a purely business-minded decision, I still think they deserve credit for making this kind of change when they know they're going to seriously piss off all of the evangelicals and conservatives who were championing them during the whole media shiat storm.

This is quite literally the entire point of having a boycott.

19 Sep 2012 01:15 PM
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TheGogmagog     
Anyone who still cared, isn't going to care. Except perhaps the conservatives who will now also hate them for giving in.

19 Sep 2012 01:16 PM
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Nina_Hartley's_Ass     

scottydoesntknow: So when are the christians going to start screaming that CFA is being oppressed and this is a conspiracy by the gay agenda?


Anybody got the response from Family Research Council or Focus on the Family?

19 Sep 2012 01:18 PM
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sammyk    [TotalFark]  
They do know the bigots that showed up in droves a month ago will turn on them in an instant don't they? Might have to wander over to freeperville to see the butthurt.

19 Sep 2012 01:20 PM
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kid_icarus    [TotalFark]  

sammyk: They do know the bigots that showed up in droves a month ago will turn on them in an instant don't they? Might have to wander over to freeperville to see the butthurt.


Considering how public opinion on this topic is trending, they might have had someone at their organization with enough sense to realize they needed to make this (largely empty, vaguely apologetic) announcement for the sake of long-term damage control.

Also, at the end of the day...it created a perceived hostile environment in the restaurants, regardless of which side of the issue you were on. This entire mess was just BAD for business.

19 Sep 2012 01:28 PM
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Cythraul     

Saborlas: Too little, too late. And you're only doing it as an advertising stunt, not because it's the right thing to do.


It's too late? Does it have to be? I really miss me some Chick Fil A deliciousness.

19 Sep 2012 01:31 PM
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Diogenes    [TotalFark]  
I didn't eat there before the issue came to light. I won't likely eat there now. But I will say, "Good."

I don't care for the food. The waffle fries are kinda good but hardly worth going out of my way for.

19 Sep 2012 01:33 PM
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Di Atribe    [TotalFark]  

PolloDiablo: This is quite literally the entire point of having a boycott.


You guys, listen to Devil Chicken. He's right.


Saborlas: Too little, too late. And you're only doing it as an advertising stunt, not because it's the right thing to do.


Horrible attitude. They acted shiatty, people called them out on it, they changed course. What more do you want them to do? I don't think Jesus has given them a time machine yet, so they can't go back and just not do it in the first place. This is exactly what we wanted them to do. Do you not see that? We won!

19 Sep 2012 01:35 PM
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GAT_00     
This long after the fact? That's the most obvious money grab I've seen for a while. That's clearly nothing more than financial, not that you suddenly care.

19 Sep 2012 01:37 PM
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Grand_Moff_Joseph    [TotalFark]  
Much like Komen, it's far too late to backpedal. The damage to the brand has been done.

19 Sep 2012 01:37 PM
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thismomentinblackhistory     
Chick-Fil-A, Five Guys...these franchises people think are exotic because they aren't over saturated like McDonald's still really aren't all that great. It's like having sex with someone for the first time. Once it's over, you wonder what all the fuss was about.

19 Sep 2012 01:38 PM
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Cythraul     

GAT_00: This long after the fact? That's the most obvious money grab I've seen for a while. That's clearly nothing more than financial, not that you suddenly care.


Money grab? How long had they been contributing to anti-gay organizations? If they've been doing it for quite a while, hardly seems like a money grab. I'm assuming you mean that they're doing a 'money grab' by getting the rednecks to patron their business for a while in support for their anti-gay contributions.

19 Sep 2012 01:39 PM
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Cythraul     

Grand_Moff_Joseph: Much like Komen, it's far too late to backpedal. The damage to the brand has been done.


No! It can't be! I WANT MY WAFFLE FRIES AND SPICY CHICKEN SAMMICH!

19 Sep 2012 01:40 PM
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Diogenes    [TotalFark]  

thismomentinblackhistory: Chick-Fil-A, Five Guys...these franchises people think are exotic because they aren't over saturated like McDonald's still really aren't all that great. It's like having sex with someone for the first time. Once it's over, you wonder what all the fuss was about.


*sniff* You told me I was the best you ever had!

19 Sep 2012 01:44 PM
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susansto-helit     

Cythraul: Grand_Moff_Joseph: Much like Komen, it's far too late to backpedal. The damage to the brand has been done.

No! It can't be! I WANT MY WAFFLE FRIES AND SPICY CHICKEN SAMMICH!


I'm with you. I've missed their salads. I'm happy to start going there again if they've honestly changed their tune.

19 Sep 2012 01:48 PM
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Mantour     
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19 Sep 2012 01:51 PM
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Cythraul     

Diogenes: thismomentinblackhistory: Chick-Fil-A, Five Guys...these franchises people think are exotic because they aren't over saturated like McDonald's still really aren't all that great. It's like having sex with someone for the first time. Once it's over, you wonder what all the fuss was about.

*sniff* You told me I was the best you ever had!


He's talking about me. :/

19 Sep 2012 01:51 PM
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kid_icarus    [TotalFark]  

Diogenes: I didn't eat there before the issue came to light. I won't likely eat there now. But I will say, "Good."

I don't care for the food. The waffle fries are kinda good but hardly worth going out of my way for.


Same here. I've only eaten at a CFA twice...just never lived close to one. By the time I did eat at one, I just wasn't that thrilled about the food. It was too expensive (for fast food) and nothing any more special than just an average-ish chicken sammich. If I'm going to eat on the upper side of fast food, I'm going for some Arby's.

19 Sep 2012 01:52 PM
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Masterstuff     
I stopped going when Dan Cathy announced that he and ChickFilA were "guilty as charged" in funding hate groups. I'll return when Dan Cathy announces an apology in person and not in the form of a memo or press release.

19 Sep 2012 01:52 PM
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Epoch_Zero     
"We think you're humans today - honest! Can we have your money?"

19 Sep 2012 01:52 PM
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Magruda     
Ha Ha!

19 Sep 2012 01:52 PM
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Bag of Hammers     

Bontesla: This is impossible. You see, I was informed that a boycott wouldn't be effective.


This.

images.politico.com

You mean Sarah Palin and the Hover-round crew didn't keep coming back after their photo ops? I am a shocked.

19 Sep 2012 01:53 PM
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indylaw     
Wait, so your religious values DIDN'T mandate that you donate to hate groups?

19 Sep 2012 01:53 PM
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Cythraul     

kid_icarus: Diogenes: I didn't eat there before the issue came to light. I won't likely eat there now. But I will say, "Good."

I don't care for the food. The waffle fries are kinda good but hardly worth going out of my way for.

Same here. I've only eaten at a CFA twice...just never lived close to one. By the time I did eat at one, I just wasn't that thrilled about the food. It was too expensive (for fast food) and nothing any more special than just an average-ish chicken sammich. If I'm going to eat on the upper side of fast food, I'm going for some Arby's.


Arby's is awesome. When it comes to fast food.

19 Sep 2012 01:53 PM
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Skarekrough     

thismomentinblackhistory: Chick-Fil-A, Five Guys...these franchises people think are exotic because they aren't over saturated like McDonald's still really aren't all that great. It's like having sex with someone for the first time. Once it's over, you wonder what all the fuss was about.


Yeah, but it's still sex and when you're not getting any it's nice to even get something boring and plain.

19 Sep 2012 01:53 PM
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HeartBurnKid     
Well... good.

19 Sep 2012 01:53 PM
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PanicMan    [TotalFark]  

Diogenes: thismomentinblackhistory: Chick-Fil-A, Five Guys...these franchises people think are exotic because they aren't over saturated like McDonald's still really aren't all that great. It's like having sex with someone for the first time. Once it's over, you wonder what all the fuss was about.

*sniff* You told me I was the best you ever had!


I didn't know you were a chicken sandwich.

19 Sep 2012 01:53 PM
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lennavan    [TotalFark]  

PolloDiablo: I'll repeat what I said in another thread, people complained loudly, and Chick-fil-a took notice and fixed the problem.


Things are always much clearer when you completely change history. Shiat, I don't get what the big deal about Hitler was. People complained, so he just stopped. Why does everyone demonize him?

19 Sep 2012 01:54 PM
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TimonC346    [TotalFark]  

Aarontology: Saborlas: Too little, too late. And you're only doing it as an advertising stunt, not because it's the right thing to do.

Right?

can you believe these motherf*ckers gave in and stopped funding hate groups? The nerve.


Exactly. Doesn't bother me--even if it was succumbing to public pressure, I'm happy they've changed their minds.

19 Sep 2012 01:56 PM
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WizardofToast     
Wow. After HOW long when Huckabee did his "Fark the Gays, Eat Chicken Appreciation Day"?

19 Sep 2012 01:56 PM
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Duke Phillips' Singing Bears     
That's wonderful. I really like their sandwiches, and I didn't enjoy going without them. Now I can eat them again. This is good because there's one within reasonable walking distance of my office.

(I will still refer to it as bigotchicken, but I'll eat it)

19 Sep 2012 01:56 PM
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thurstonxhowell     

PolloDiablo: Saborlas: Too little, too late. And you're only doing it as an advertising stunt, not because it's the right thing to do.

I've seen this sentiment a lot today, and it's farking ridiculous.

I'll repeat what I said in another thread, people complained loudly, and Chick-fil-a took notice and fixed the problem. While I'm not naive enough to think it was anything more than a purely business-minded decision, I still think they deserve credit for making this kind of change when they know they're going to seriously piss off all of the evangelicals and conservatives who were championing them during the whole media shiat storm.

This is quite literally the entire point of having a boycott.


They broke me of the habit. I used to eat their at least twice a month, usually more, but I just don't anymore. It's probably better for me in the long run.

Chic-Fil-A has to win me back as a customer, not just stop pushing me away. Until then, I'll eat a bit healthier.

19 Sep 2012 01:56 PM
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russkie247     

Stoj: Damnit. Now where are the anti-gay people going to eat? Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits?


I'd rather they just starve to death.

19 Sep 2012 01:56 PM
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max_pooper     

Cythraul: kid_icarus: Diogenes: I didn't eat there before the issue came to light. I won't likely eat there now. But I will say, "Good."

I don't care for the food. The waffle fries are kinda good but hardly worth going out of my way for.

Same here. I've only eaten at a CFA twice...just never lived close to one. By the time I did eat at one, I just wasn't that thrilled about the food. It was too expensive (for fast food) and nothing any more special than just an average-ish chicken sammich. If I'm going to eat on the upper side of fast food, I'm going for some Arby's.

Arby's is awesome. When it comes to fast food.


They have very poor quality control across their franchises. The one by my house is absolutely horrible. I have been to other ones which are good but one and only franchise near me blows donkey balls.

19 Sep 2012 01:57 PM
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Jim_Callahan     

scottydoesntknow: So when are the christians going to start screaming that CFA is being oppressed and this is a conspiracy by the gay agenda?


To be fair, it kind of was the gay agenda this time.

CFA: Ha ha, fark them gay folk.
Gay folk: What? No, fark you, buddy! Help me out here, rest of the non-crazies!
Rest of the non-crazies: You know, CFA, the gay fellow kinda has a point this time. Stop being a dick or we stop eating your food, tasty though it may be.
CFA: ... fine (bows to pressure).

I mean, it's not really a conspiracy as such, but it was an organized gay lobby drawing the attention of the public and getting them on its side. The groups were in fact gay advocates, and they were executing a political agenda (via boycott). It's not an inaccurate way to describe this one.

19 Sep 2012 01:57 PM
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Aarontology    [TotalFark]  

TimonC346: Exactly. Doesn't bother me--even if it was succumbing to public pressure, I'm happy they've changed their minds.


It's like they'd rather chick-fil-a keep funding hate groups or something.

19 Sep 2012 01:57 PM
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Mrembo     

Magruda: Ha Ha!


HA!

19 Sep 2012 01:57 PM
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HotWingConspiracy    [TotalFark]  
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To arms! To arms! Delicious chicken arms. I think they're called wings. I don't know, I only eat the skin.

19 Sep 2012 01:57 PM
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GAT_00     

Cythraul: GAT_00: This long after the fact? That's the most obvious money grab I've seen for a while. That's clearly nothing more than financial, not that you suddenly care.

Money grab? How long had they been contributing to anti-gay organizations? If they've been doing it for quite a while, hardly seems like a money grab. I'm assuming you mean that they're doing a 'money grab' by getting the rednecks to patron their business for a while in support for their anti-gay contributions.


I mean pretending to change their minds is a money grab.

19 Sep 2012 01:58 PM
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