What Alec Baldwin has in common with the president of Chick-Fil-A
Evolutionary theory suggests that it was when we developed thumbs that we put our species on the path to becoming sentient humans. And then Twitter made us go and reconsider that call. This week's prime examples of how having the ability to hit a button is no proof of being a fully developed creature: Alec Baldwin and Chick-fil-A.
Popular poultry purveyor Chick-fil-A has a long and well documented history of support for "traditional," man-lady marriage. But after Wednesday's Supreme Court rulings, the company's president Dan Cathy couldn't resist sharing his observation, via Twitter, that it was a "Sad day for our nation, founding fathers would be ashamed of our generation to abandon wisdom of the ages re: cornerstone of strong societies." Yes, I am totally sure that self-described cougar chaser Ben Franklin, along with Thomas Jefferson, a man who likely fathered six children with his slave, would be appalled. Cathy quickly deleted the tweet, and issued a corporate statement that he "realized his views didn't necessarily represent the views of all customers, restaurant owners and employees and didn't want to distract them from providing a great restaurant experience." In other words, oops, he forgot that thoughts go on the inside, and that conflating "shame" and civil rights can be bad for business.