Muppets Break Ties With Anti-Gay Chick-Fil-A, Franchise Lies About Disappearance of Muppet Toys in Kids Meals
This photo was posted by Wipe Out Homophobia on Facebook group with the caption:
WHAT A COINCIDENCE !!!!!!
The sign explains to Chick-Fil-A customers that a Muppet giveaway toy is no longer available because there were "safety issues." It reads:
We apologize for any inconvenience but as of 7/19/12 Chick-Fil-A has voluntarily recalled all of the Jim Henson's Creature Shop Puppet Kids Meal toys due to a possible safety issue.
Wipe Out Homophobia's caption is an ironic commentary that this is not, in fact, what is really going on. On July 20, the Henson Company publicly announced they were severing their ties to Chick-Fil-A in protest of their political activism on the issue of LGBT rights. This includes not only President Dan Cathy's incendiary rhetoric, but over $3,000,000 dollars in donations to groups on Southern Poverty Law Center's hate groups list.
On July 20, the Jim Henson company posted to Facebook:
The Jim Henson Company 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. (http://www.glaad.org/)
It's one thing to see a "Christian" company misleading their customers with lies.
It's quite another than they are libeling the products of the Henson Company as being unsafe for children to play with. It seems to me it be quite damaging to Henson's business to acquire a reputation for creating toys that have "safety issues."
Am I right?
Update: Sources tell me that this photo is from the Willow Bend store located in Texas. Reportedly "safety problems" was the explanation servers were given to explain to parents why the toys would no longer be available.
Update 2: Another outlet in Virginia had a similar sign. Zack Ford at Think Progress has an official statement from Tiffany Greenway, Corporate Public Relations for Chick-fil-A:
We can confirm that it is true that Chick-fil-A voluntarily withdrew the Jim Henson kids meal toys nationwide because of a potential safety concern. This is unrelated to the Jim Henson announcement.
Well, apparently they're sticking with Henson toys are unsafe.