While we wait for the big North Korean summit to begin, we might as well spend part of Monday evening looking at something really… stupid. This actually happened over the weekend, but since people are still kicking this story around on social media we might as well examine the intersection of Twitter and Chick-fil-A. In case you somehow missed it, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted on Saturday that he had saved a few bucks on his tasty lunch at the restaurant. Given the number of people who tweet about their Chick-fil-A food on an hourly basis, this story should have been roughly as unusual as someone tweeting cat pictures.
But former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien fired off some shade at Dorsey, commenting on how inappropriate it was for him to be “supporting” the company during Pride month. So what did Dorsey do? He apologized, of course. (Business Insider)
“You must love the taste of bigotry!” one person wrote in response.
“Why is Twitter boosting a notoriously anti-gay company during #PrideMonth?” another person wrote.
Among the critics was the former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien, who said, “This is an interesting company to boost during Pride month, @jack.”
Dorsey responded: “You’re right. Completely forgot about their background.”
Once the Woke Brigade had collected their scalp from Dorsey in the form of an apology, things seemed to calm down. But the fact that he even felt the need to apologize, combined with the way Business Insider characterized this as somehow being proof that Chick-fil-A “still has to work on their image problems” shows precisely how far we’ve strayed off the beam.
Just because Dan Cathy supports a traditional definition of marriage, that has no impact on the food he sells. I only rarely get to eat Chick-fil-A (usually when I travel to Washington or Philly) because there isn’t one near my home. But when I do, I find the food to be fantastic. I also shop for products with notoriously left-leaning owners at times. (I still eat Ben & Jerry’s ice cream from time to time.) I simply don’t do the boycott thing. But that brings us back to the “sin” of Jack Dorsey.
Is the problem just that he tweeted that image and “boosted” the company? Shouldn’t his outraged leftist critics be more upset with the revelation that (and you may want to make sure you’re sitting down for this one)… Jack Dorsey EATS AT CHICK-FIL-A?!?!?111eleventy!
C’mon, man. Do you really think that Dorsey normally eats at [insert name of sufficiently woke restaurant] and only wandered into Chick-fil-A on Saturday by some freak accident? He was picking up a big order too. The guy clearly loves the food, as do most people who ever try it. Because it’s awesome. If it wasn’t I wouldn’t eat there no matter what their CEO thinks about any given political or social issue. Dorsey was there because he likes the food and doesn’t object to the restaurant chain. Apologizing for that picture doesn’t change that part of the equation. It just softens the optics. If Jack loves Chick-fil-A food he should own it and be proud of it.
Dorsey clearly screwed up, but it wasn’t because of his tweet. He messed up by believing that he had to apologize to the liberal hordes for eating a delicious sandwich. The fact that he did tells us all we need to know about the corporate culture and dubious loyalty to liberal principles at Twitter. Do you think he’d have apologized if he’d tweeted out a picture of him wearing a Planned Parenthood shirt and people on the right started freaking out? I highly doubt it.