On Wednesday, MLive (aka Ann Arbor News) ran an article titled Gay Ypsilanti Coucilwoman-elect “disappointed” with EMU Chick fil-A Plans. I was approached by Tom Perkins, from MLive, about a month ago because he had read my blog posting about Chick fil-A and wanted to write this story.
This article garnered 1639 comments (so far), a truly ridiculous number, can you believe? As the number climbed during the day, I resisted the urge to read them, but eventually got drawn in simply because of the sheer volume. As you can expect, many of them were pro-chicken-sandwich, many felt a need to criticize me for having an opinion, and many defended my ideas about holding a company accountable for their hate-based past. And many just appreciated the opportunity to share their homophobic sentiments.
Few of the other articles I have read there have had that many comments, not nearly. As I look at MLive at this moment, I see anywhere from 2 to 312 comments on various articles. So why that many? I don’t think that the article was all that controversial, I am not that dynamic, and the chicken sandwich at Chick Fil-A is not that good. So, what was going on?
I think there are several factors:
So, thank you MLive for “enlivening” my day. Your timing and editing were truly effective.
In reading the comments, what jumped out at me is just how little anti-gay rhetoric has changed over the years. I have sat in on so-called hearings where homophobes explained all about how evil we all are. I have read letters sent to my home after newspaper articles (the comment section of a previous time). I have been to protests, I have protested. And basically, homophobic messages have stayed about the same.
Let’s have a little fun with this. Here is my personal version of Mean Tweets, which I am pulling directly from the article for your reading and viewing pleasure. I want to thank my friend Jason for this idea, it got me thinking about the whole day in a different way.
Fandaflames: Ooooh, somebody must have got their feelings hurt. He had to leave the playground to make this comment.
Dems-R-Doomed: And this councilwoman opinion means nothing to me. I will go twice as often now to Chic filet to show my support for them. I saw this a lot. It supports my theory that this is an actual marketing strategy of Chick Fil-A. The good news is that all these supporters will have early onset of heart disease due to this diet choice.
56Guy: Toughen up, snowflake. Not everyone agrees with you. — this was my fave. I had to look up Snowflake. Basically it means that I am so hyper special and needy that I can hardly breathe. Yeah. That’s me. Touchy feely.
Darwin.Always.Loved.God: Liberals sure are a bitter breed. Suck it up buttercup. — Who’s bitter? Are Liberals the ones with the conspiracy theory candidate who needs to insult everybody (except white men)? Are Liberals complaining about how America is no longer great, whatever that means?
icculous: I am going to boycott Dunning Toyota and see if Beth likes people boycotting her employer for silly reasons. — This may have been intended as a mild threat, they know where I work, my bosses need to know that I have opinions, etc. I am afraid that my employers are painfully aware that I have opinions.
genetracy: Never been to one but I think gay bars should be more inclusive. — I think you should go, too. In fact, I think you should go often, come out of the closet, relax, and enjoy life more.
Mr Wilson: Whenever these folks make a fuss like this chick filet stock goes up…. seems they would learn they are being played ….this free publicity has to be worth millions — I actually agree with this. Again, I have some questions about the timing and editing of this article. There is a valid argument that Chick Fil-A has built their brand on being Christian, closed on Sunday, donations to anti LGBT hate groups, etc… They don’t have to make anti gay marriage statements anymore; the public does that work for them.
Pecha Soll: I’m certain the LGBT community can find a representative with a more appealing personality and presentation ability.The LGBT community members are really done a dis-service by having a such a disagreeable personality claim to represent them — I had a button years ago that said “You’re ugly and your mother dresses you funny”. Do you want to borrow it?
nooneyouno: wonder it she is a vegan. does not look like it. you know i bet i would not be to welcome in the local gay bars, but of course if i was gay then it would be okay. by the way MS GAY council member dont let your car idle to long or you will get a ticket– I think this is supposed to imply that I am fat, and that this person got a parking ticket at sometime in their life.
Ft.Walton: he/ she needs to get a life — One of several cracks about my appearance re: gender presentation. Since I have never heard this before, it really cut me to the core. “Bulls don’t eat chicken” and “I don’t have to listen to a dike” were other faves, but they have been taken down by MLive. The real question is, am I a snowflake or a bull dyke? Can I be both? I am so confused.
rg1990: I hear Chick-fil-A only sells LGBT people fish sticks: One of several comments about fish as a menu item, fish tacos, etc. Several have been deleted since. Come on, are 12-year-olds commenting on the news now?
Libsarefunny: Man I hate liberals. Talk about wanting a police state — I’m rubber and you’re glue, everything I say bounces off me and sticks to you.
I really want to commend the commenters who stood up for the article, the blog, and me. I can’t find and thank all of them, but James VanDerBeek, Paul Schreiber, MichLib (who must of spent most of the day on this post), josierock, are just a few. I don’t know who most of these folks are, and I appreciate them taking the time to read the article and the blog (few commenters did) and then correct many of the statements made by the homophobes.
There it is folks. The Chick Fil-A saga continues.