A Boycott Culture Isn’t What America Needs

The Stream | 9/7/2016 | Liberty McArtor
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“If you really love LGBTQ people, you just can’t keep eating Chick-fil-A.” That’s what a headline at Huffington Post stated Tuesday.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey caused a stir Saturday when he tweeted about eating Chick-fil-A. He was immediately criticized for patronizing the company during June, which is Pride Month.

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Chick-fil-A makes no bones about its Christian roots and affiliation. Most famously (or infamously), Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy ignited protests in 2012 after claiming the company supports “the biblical definition of the family unit.”

As a result, the food chain earned the ire of many in left-wing and LGBTQ circles. (Case in point, this recent New Yorker article lamenting “Chick-fil-A’s creepy infiltration of New York City.”) Thus the backlash over Dorsey’s indulgence.

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In Huffington Post, editorial director Noah Michelson is incensed that some in the LGBTQ community actually defended Dorsey — and Chick-fil-A. He notes Chick-fil-A’s donations to Christian organizations, like Salvation Army, as further proof of why the restaurant should be avoided.

“It’s time to choose where your loyalties lie — with your community or with your stomach,” he says.

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Conservatives will likely find Michelson’s argument ripe for mocking. He writes, “If you care about queer people — or you yourself are queer — you have absolutely no business eating at Chick-fil-A. Ever.” Isn’t that a little dramatic?

The fact is that, relatively speaking, Michelson isn’t that dramatic at all.

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Conservatives are famous for boycott campaigns. In the recent past, Starbucks, the NFL, Target, Keurig, and others have felt the brunt of right-wing indignation. Usually the boycotts are a reaction of a company’s support of liberal causes, or open opposition to President Donald Trump.

In his article, Michelson linked to the Human Rights Campaign’s “Corporate Equality Index,” which ranks corporations that are friendly to the LGBTQ community. Many conservatives rely on organizations like 2ndVote, “the conservative watchdog for corporate...
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