Eat More Logik

by Stephanie

When I was a kid, my mom watched a 20/20 special about factory-worker conditions in China, and promptly decided that our family would no longer use or buy products made in China. Even as a young child, I recognized how futile this individual protest was, but it didn’t surprise me—my mom’s always been a bit of a hippie and this wasn’t the first or last time that John Stossel would make my life difficult. To prove my point, I rummaged through our kitchen drawers and pulled out a smattering of products made in China that she would no longer be able to use. Boom! Lawyered! She continued to make snide remarks about her boycott out of sheer stubbornness, but needless to say our house would never be stocked solely with American products.

Boycotts.

Protests.

Political bickering and whining.

These are not new things, so why then, are people shocked, nay outraged, that there was a strong reaction to the supposed remarks that Chick-fil-a president, Dan Cathy, made against gay marriage?

This blog post is not about the gay marriage debate. It is not about my feelings towards a particular fast food franchise. This post is about the backlash to the backlash. I’ve read a lot of comments this week about how unnerved people are that Dan Cathy is coming under scrutiny for his political or religious beliefs.  They are upset that the media has taken his words out of context, that politicians are being exploitive and petty, and that boycotting a restaurant on the principle of political or religious affiliation is both foolish and unnecessary.

Fine. That’s all well and good, but where were you champions of rational thinking when One Million Moms were demanding boycotts of J.C. Penney after they chose Ellen Degeneres to be their spokesperson? Or when Oreo was lambasted for their rainbow-colored, gay pride cookie?

Is this really the line that can’t be crossed? Chicken?

“Hey man, it’s one thing to misquote our President or judge our mid-level department stores, but I will not sit idly by and watch you condemn the very name of Chick-Fil-A! How dare you? 

My point is, if you are going to be upset about the current state of affairs in both media and politics (and believe me, there is A LOT to take issue with), then shouldn’t you be upset about all of it?  You should be scrutinizing every story with such careful logic—not just the ones that jeopardize your favorite waffle fries.

Also, I hate Chick-fil-a. Every time I eat there, I get immediately ill. I think it’s the oil they use.

 

End rant.

 

 

 

 

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