Did Chick-Fil-A Just Punish the Muppets for Speaking Out Against Them?

July 25, 2012 6:19 PM EDT | By Anthony Smith
Chick-fil-a comes under fire for anti-gay remarks. (Photo: Creative Commons)

In a pathetic attempt to shoot back at the Jim Henson Company's recent denouncement of Chick-Fil-A's anti-gay support of traditional, biblical marriage, a sign has now been posted in select Chick-Fil-A branches across the nation announcing that the line of Jim Henson toys currently featured in their store has since been "voluntarily recalled." The sign reads:

"We apologize for any inconvenience but as of 7/19/2012 Chick-fil-A has voluntarily recalled all of the Jim Henson's Creature Shop Puppet Kids Meal toys due to a possible safety issue."

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Possible safety issue? That's sounds like the pot calling the kettle black from a company whose deep-fried chicken product is a possible safety issue. The sign continues:

"Please be advised that there have not been any cases in which a child has actually been injured, however there have been some reports of children getting their fingers stuck in the holes of a puppets."

Well done, Chick-fil-A. You've avoided a potential libel suit, and you probably won't be called upon by the Henson company to defend yourself with any of the reports that probably weren't gathered anywhere but off-the-record. How utterly convenient.

This leaves Chick-Fil-A in an unlikely place. They have a bunch of deep-fried chicken to give to their children, in lock-step with some good-ole-fashioned bigotry, but they don't have any toy for them. To remedy this severe and solemn lack of fun, the Chick-Fil-A sign concludes, offering a solution that's sure to delight everyone:

"We are offering a substitution of a complimentary kids Icedream cone in [the toys'] place until a replacement toy is available."

Of course, it's worth noting that Chick-Fil-A probably hasn't been doing this since 7/19/2012, considering that the signs have only recently come up, and that the Henson Company only announced that they were severing their ties with the Fast Food Chain on July 20, 2012.

The sign has gone up in Chick-Fil-A locations in Willow Bend, Texas as well as another outlet in Virginia. Zack Ford at Think Progress received an official statement from Tiffany Greenway, Corporate Public Relations for Chick-fil-A, stating:

"We can confirm that it is true that Chick-fil-A voluntarily withdrew the Jim Henson kids meal toys nationwide because of a potential safety concern. This is unrelated to the Jim Henson announcement."

At least you can always count on a bigots to stick to their guns. We hope they start pulling their chicken nationwide next. That's as potentially unsafe as anything.

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