WATCH: The Muppets Take On Marriage-Hating Chick-Fil-A

More and more people are giving Chick-fil-A a pretty cold shoulder lately. Adding to the chorus of voices that already includes Ed Helms and Boston Mayor Tom Menino is the Jim Henson Company, which has pledged to end its relationship with the fast-food company and donate money from past deals to GLAAD. Well done, Kermit and company! (We’re sure Gonzo appreciates the gesture, too.)

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  • BriGuy

    Your article gets it right, but the headline is wrong. The Jim Henson Company sold The Muppets brand to Disney in 2004. It was The Henson Company, not Disney or The Muppets, who had a relationship with Chick-fil-A that they decided to end. The Muppets are unrelated to this matter, though I’m sure Kermit would approve. :)

  • Michael

    Where exactly in the video, ie “watch”, are the Muppets???

    btw, the whole Chick-fil-A was exposed to be the hate it truly is. Joe.My.God posted a tweet from Cathy where he not only thanked a new org for publishing the story but how it “lit up the LGBT community”. It was an obvious a-hole remark, one which showed his true colors.

  • paul T.

    I’m tempted to go to a chick -fil-gay drive through at rush hour and order like five combo meals with very specific requests (extra onions whaterver).
    Then when I get to the window, just drive away.
    It’s petty I know.
    But it would make me happy for a second.
    And imagine if thousands of people started doing this across the country.
    I’m surprised West Hollywood residents haven’t staged a protest at the Sunset and Highland location. It’s right down the street.

  • timncguy

    @paul T.: Why are you surprised at the way the LGBT community has treated the West Hollywood location of Chick-Fil-A? The comapany has been well known as anti-gay for a long, long time. Way before this latest outburst from Mr Cathy. But, the LGBT community has chosen all along to support the restaurant anyway.

  • Mark

    @BriGuy: Jim Hensen Co., which has produced characters for “The Muppets,” “Labyrinth” and “Fraggle Rock,” had recently been working with the Atlanta restaurant chain to create products for its kids’ meals. he offerings included five build-your-own puppets from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, using pieces that are punched out from the plastic meal container, according to a cached version of the Chick-fil-A website.

    But after last week, when President Dan Cathy said the fast-food giant was “guilty as charged” of supporting “the biblical definition of the family unit,” Henson Co. nixed the partnership.

    The company posted the following statement on its Facebook page: “The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness for over 50 years and we have notified Chick-fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors. Lisa Henson, our CEO, is personally a strong supporter of gay marriage and has directed us to donate the payment we received from Chick-fil-A to GLAAD”

    Need to get all the facts there Bri Guy

  • BriGuy

    @Mark: Yes, those are the facts as I understand them. As far as I can tell, nothing I said contradicts them. My issue was with the headline stating that The Muppets were taking on Chick-fil-A when it is the company that once created The Muppets that is doing so. The Muppets as they stand today, owned by Disney, have nothing to do with this matter. The build-your-own puppets that The Henson Company created for Chick-fil-A were not Muppets or Muppet-related.

  • Cinesnatch

    another misleading coupling of headline and picture at Queerty.

    If you’re as gullible as I am, no, the video does not show The Muppets taking on Chick-filet in a song-and-dance number.

  • paul T.

    not to nit pick, but there is no West Hollywood Chick fil gay. The one I was referring to is in Hollywood and it’s the only one I know of in Los Angeles (there are probably more, I just don’t know about them).
    I’m sure if they tried to open one in the heart of West Hollywood there would be problems.

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