The head of Twitter apologized over the weekend for having dinner at Chick-fil-A as a private citizen, in response to liberal outrage over the restaurant chain’s Christian values.
On Saturday evening, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted a screenshot showing he had eaten at a Los Angeles Chick-fil-a location.
Chick-fil-a is famously operated on the Christian principles of its national leadership, including closing on Sundays, listing “to glorify God” as part of its corporate purpose, and its active charitable arm. In recent years, liberals have attempted to boycott the chain due to CEO Dan Cathy’s stated opposition to same-sex “marriage” and the company’s donations to social conservative groups such as Family Research Council and Focus on the Family.
Many homosexual employees and customers have testified that Chick-fil-A’s principles have never translated to mistreating them, and the protests have failed to stem the company’s popularity or expansion.
— jack (@jack) June 10, 2018
Nevertheless, a variety of left-wing pundits, artists, and others pounced on Dorsey for boosting Chick-fil-A during LGBT “Pride Month”:
— Soledad O’Brien (@soledadobrien) June 10, 2018
On behalf of the whole LGBTQ community, Jack, kindly boost your head out of your ass.
— Adam Goldman (@theadamgoldman) June 10, 2018
mmmmm hate chicken never tasted so homophobic.
— Sarah Burris (@SarahBurris) June 10, 2018
Please delete this or follow up with how much free advertising you’re going to give GLAAD.
— EricaJoy (@EricaJoy) June 10, 2018
— Victoria Brownworth (@VABVOX) June 11, 2018
Other followers agreed with his original tweet and defended Dorsey’s decision to frequent the chain, but on Sunday the CEO apologized, saying he had “completely forgot[ten] about their background”:
You’re right. Completely forgot about their background
— jack (@jack) June 10, 2018
In response, various observers criticized Dorsey both for caving to what many called the “Twitter mob,” and for suggesting Chick-fil-A’s “background” was something ugly:
— Rob Eno (@Robeno) June 11, 2018
Oh @Jack What background is that? https://t.co/COH9mV8zlY Is it because their people do things like this? https://t.co/s6dKHUc0rg Is it because they donated food in the wake of the Pulse Nightclub shooting? How dare they! https://t.co/kY5jmd42qC or this? https://t.co/pRR3lIJPMj
— Julie Weathers (@Julie_Weathers) June 11, 2018
Oh yes please attack Chick-fil-A! The last time you liberals did that they had lines around the block trying to get in to get their good food and excellent service! #LiberalBoycottsBackfire lol
— DiscoveringTruth (@DiscoveringTru1) June 11, 2018
Their background for making great chicken and treating their customers with respect? That background?
— Jags Movie Guy (@MoviePaul) June 11, 2018
While the overwhelming majority of the responses were in that vein, a few left-wing Twitter users deemed Dorsey’s statement of regret insufficient:
You wouldn’t have forgotten or been so flippant with this reply if you cared about our #LGBTQIA community. BTW, how many of us are on Twitter right now?
— Debbie Sideris🏳️🌈#WeRemember (@debbiesideris) June 11, 2018
Delete the tweet Jack! Delete the tweet and prove you are not a homophobe.
— ᒍEᖇᔕEYᑕᖇᗩIG (@CJPatruno) June 11, 2018
Dorsey is the latest in a long line of both public and private figures to be publicly shamed for associating with ideas, individuals, or groups opposed by the LGBT lobby. Earlier this month, the workout company ChrossFit fired Indianapolis affiliate owner Brandon Lowe and knowledge officer Russell Berger because Lowe had canceled a “pride” event at his gym and Berger had publicly supported him for opposing “sin.”
However, in Dorsey’s case it may be true that he simply forgot Chick-fil-A’s conservative Christianity, and would have boycotted it had he remembered. He has advertised his personal support LGBT “pride” since at least 2013, and in 2015 he declared that “if you refuse LGBT’s business, we don’t want your business.”
In April, Dorsey endorsed as a “great read” an article declaring that the Republican Party were “the bad guys on the wrong side of history” akin to the slaveholding South, who must be “beaten, and badly” by a Democratic supermajority that must dominate American politics for at least a generation.
To many, Dorsey’s endorsement was seen as additional confirmation of partisan intent behind evidence that Twitter discriminates against conservative voices on its officially-neutral platform. The company has attempted to block a number of pro-life advertisements and allows left-wing groups such as the pro-homosexual GLAAD to advise it on “trust and safety” issues. In addition, Twitter insiders have been caught on video admitting that they “shadow-ban” conservative users, and have admitted to Congress to censoring hashtags of interest to conservatives during the 2016 election.
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