The Chick-fil-A Wars: Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, and Roseanne Barr Wade in on Social Media
When Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy gave an interview to niche Christian outlet the Baptist Press recently, you can be pretty sure he wasn't expecting to launch a weeks-long firestorm. Well, SURPRISE! It's a firestorm for the ages.
In case you missed the original story, Cathy told the Baptist Pressthat "as an organization we can operate on biblical principles....We are very much supportive of the family -- the biblical definition of the family unit....We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles."
Although this is far from the first time Chick-fil-A has rankled gay rights advocates, the quote went viral, and Chick-fil-A was forced to issue a non-apology saying it would from now on "leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena."
The latest people of note to weigh in on the controversy include Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, and Roseanne Barr. Palin tweeted the following image of herself and her husband visiting a Chick-fil-A in Texas, with the note, "Stopped by Chick-fil-A in The Woodlands to support a great business."
Also in the pro-Chick-fil-A camp is Mike Huckabee, who took to his Facebook page to call for action in support of "Christian principles": "The goal is simple: Let's affirm a business that operates on Christian principles and whose executives are willing to take a stand for the Godly values we espouse by simply showing up and eating at Chick Fil-A on Wednesday, August 1."
On the extreme other side of the spectrum is Roseanne Barr, who tweeted an unfortunate condemnation of the chain: "Anyone who eats S--- Fil-A deserves to get the cancer that is sure to come from eating antibiotic filled tortured chickens." Barr later apologized: "I shouldn't have used the word deserves in my tweet and I apologize. No one deserves cancer at all! I'm not that type of person who blames victims."