It’s unlikely there are polls that show how many people make their fast-food dining decisions based on politics, but the restaurant review website Eater recommends customers avoid the popular Chick-Fil-A chain because of its “unpalatable baggage” of Christian values, Twitchy reported Sunday.
The review explained Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A was aggressively expanding into new markets and had donated heavily to groups opposing same-sex marriage. It added the company’s chief executive Dan Cathy had said, “We’re inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say we know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.”
In it’s headline of the review, the website said, “The fast-food giant serves up some solid food, but with a side of unpalatable baggage,” and offered other options for establishments that had better quality products and also supported LGBT issues.
“It’s the only top 10 quick-service restaurant that doesn’t mention sexual orientation in its online equal opportunity statement, and that it holds a zero rating on LGBT benefits and worker protections from a prominent advocacy group. McDonald’s scored 100. (When I asked Chick-fil-A about this, a rep responded with a general statement reaffirming its commitment to equal opportunity and said that it’s up to local franchisees to determine benefits)” the review stated.
The reviewer also lamented Chick-fil-A on Twitter, adding, “Sometimes, on a good day, [the chicken sandwich] smells like chicken.”
— Eater (@Eater) June 11, 2017
The review went on to explain its argument for why it was a politically-incorrect move to support the fast food establishment.
“Millions of dollars of the chain’s past profits funded groups that opposed same-sex marriage during an era when millions of Americans were fighting for their civil rights; smaller donations went to a group that practiced conversion therapy, a practice that stems from the discredited belief that homosexuality is a mental illness,” stated the review.
Aside from politics, Eater also criticized their product, describing Chick-Fil-A’s “pretty average chicken sandwich,” though admitting they had “a pretty good fast-food breakfast,” and a “pretty great frozen coffee.”
Eater’s Facebook page describes itself as “the source for people who care about dining and drinking in the nation’s most important food cities.” While some readers agreed with the assessment, there was quite a bit of backlash from those who suggested the website stick to reviewing food.
Thank for being the expert on morality. What is the base for your truth. What’s happening now and what everybody else is doing?
— GT (@its_GTdawg) June 11, 2017
And I’d have no beef (no CFA cow joke intended) with that. But I’m not interested in being lectured to during a fast food review.
— Will Collier (@willcollier) June 10, 2017
I just finished eating their #1 meal, my fave, with a wonderful lemonade.
Best fast food place, great ppl.too
— Janice Whitaker (@kittums123) June 10, 2017
So basically you hate Chick-fil-a because of the founder’s religious beliefs. That’s actual bigotry.
— City Beautiful Game (@citybeautifulsc) June 10, 2017
The reviewer admitted the fast food chain “doesn’t have much to worry about financially; it’s currently America’s favorite fast-food restaurant, according to one consumer satisfaction index,” adding that “sales actually soared the year Cathy made his controversial remarks.”