After posting a recent tweet about saving money on his purchases at a Los Angeles Chick-Fil-A, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was roundly criticized for allegedly supporting a restaurant whose owner is opposed to gay marriage.
Dorsey’s tweet included a screenshot of the cost of his purchases and the savings he realized by using Chick-Fil-A’s mobile app, inciting a fiery response from the LGBTQ community and the media, Fox News reported.
— jack (@jack) June 10, 2018
In 2012, Chick-Fil-A owner Dan Cathy cited his Christian faith as the basis of his support of traditional marriage between a man and a woman, as well as his opposition to gay marriage. Cathy’s views sparked widespread criticism.
“This is an interesting company to boost during Pride month, Jack,” former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien tweeted, noting that June is the month during which the LGBT community celebrates itself.
— Soledad O’Brien (@soledadobrien) June 10, 2018
Others quickly condemned Dorsey, with one tweeting “On behalf of the whole LGBTQ community, Jack, kindly boost your head out of your a–.”
“Please delete this or follow up with how much free advertising you’re going to give GLAAD,” wrote another Twitter user, referring to the LGBTQ advocacy organization.
In response to O’Brien, Dorsey tweeted an apology for boosting Chick-Fil-A, writing, “You’re right. Completely forgot about their background.”
You’re right. Completely forgot about their background
— jack (@jack) June 10, 2018
Dorsey then encountered the wrath of more conservative social media users, who questioned what Dorsey meant when he referred to Chick-Fil-A’s “background.”
Journalist Jeryl Bier tweeted, “’Background’ meaning they employ 41,000 people, many of whom are the most pleasant fast food employees in the country, serve delicious food at good prices, and at amazing speed? That background?”
“Background” meaning they employ 41,000 people, many of whom are the most pleasant fast food employees in the country, serve delicious food at good prices, and at amazing speed? That background? https://t.co/Rq2sQ0XojF
— Jeryl Bier (@JerylBier) June 11, 2018
Another person tweeted, “You mean their late CEO being a Christian? Apparently that is something bad/terrible, having faith, running a decent business, never discriminated against anyone, for the ‘tolerance, acceptance, and inclusivity’ crowd.”
Even gay people came to the defense of Chick-Fil-A, including a Twitter user named Michael, who wrote, “I’m gay and I eat Chick-Fil-A sandwiches. It’s JUST A DAMN CHICKEN SANDWICH. Friendliest people there, great food. Good God, people on Twitter are so insufferable sometimes.”
I’m gay and I eat Chick-Fil-A sandwiches. It’s JUST A DAMN CHICKEN SANDWICH. Friendliest people there, great food. Good God, people on Twitter are so insufferable sometimes.
— Michael (@Michael2014abc) June 11, 2018