Insists Timing A "Coincidence"

As of Thursday morning, a recall notice from a Chik-fil-A store in Texas had been shared nearly 19,000 times on Facebook. The fast-food chain's decision to pull the Muppet toys from its kid's meals came shortly before the Jim Henson Co. announced it would be pulling the toys anyway -- and not over defects or safety concerns.

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While Chik-fil-A insists the timing of the recall is nothing more than a "coincidence," it's naturally suspect. After all, the notice making its rounds online was dated July 19 — just one day before the Jim Henson Co. announced it was severing ties with the chain over its leadership's stance on same-sex marriage.

“The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness for over fifty years and we have notified Chick-Fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors,” the company posted July 20 on its Facebook page.

The recall notice 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."

It goes on to say that, while there have not been any cases in which a child has actually been injured, there have been "some reports" of kids getting their fingers stuck in the holes of the puppets.

Apparently, this horrific threat wasn't so horrific until right around the time that The Muppets company gave a very public kiss-off to the food chain over gay marriage.

Chick-fil-A has never hid its Christian values by any means. This time around, Bible-thumping President Dan Cathy is coming under fire for comments published July 16 in the Baptist Press.

"We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives," he said. "We give God thanks for that... we know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles."

The son of founder S. Truett Cathy later went on to repeat his stance to multiple outlets, including the Ken Coleman Show in Chick-fil-A's home state of Georgia.

"I think we are 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,' and I pray God's mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to try to redefine what marriage is about," Cathy said.

CNBC, by way of MSNBC's The Last Word, insists there's nothing to the peculiar timing.

"Please understand that this is simply a precautionary and voluntary recall by the Chick-fil-A chain," the company told the network. "The timing is purely coincidental. Anyone representing anything else is offering a misleading and unfair claim."

One heck of a coincidence indeed!

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Comments on "Chick-fil-A recalls Muppet toys day before boycott"

Cara August 02, 2012 | 12:58 AM

The thing is... Henson didn't say they couldn't give the toys away. They just said they would not have future dealings with them. Chick-Fil-A could have continued giving the toys away, so why didn't they? They say it was a safety issue, and apparently it was some sort of a finger puppet based on a tube and when you look at them YEAH kids could get their fingers caught (and plastic hurts...) Don't you find it at all bothersome that Henson hasn't shown that these toys weren't harmful?

Andrew August 01, 2012 | 3:09 PM

Eating at Chick-Fil-A several times this week, solely because of articles like this.

Pablo August 01, 2012 | 7:11 AM

Why is it that when CEOs of PUBLIC companies voice their support for the liberal causes AND contribute to them it is celebrated, but when the owner of a PRIVATE company voices theirs and contributes to causes he believes in it's labeled "hate speech" and "intolerant". Do not both serve their customers with equality? Are they both not free to express their opinions and contribute their money accordingly? Talk about bigotry and intolerance! I sense a HUGE double standard but it's coming from the left! Do you disagree with Chik Fil A? Boycott them! I respect them for standing for their beliefs and support the right of free speech and TRUE tolerance!

Brian July 30, 2012 | 9:52 AM

"Bible-thumping President"....THAT'S not bigotted at all I suppose.

Rick July 29, 2012 | 6:24 PM

Good for Chik-Fil-A. Dump that crap muppet junk. It's refreshing to see Chik-Fil-A stand up for its principles in an era when executives will sell their mothers to the local pimp to make a buck..... as The Henson Company often does.

Mina July 27, 2012 | 8:10 AM

I can't agree more with the statement that "we live in a country where we can share our values" whatever those are and operate on the principles we have been educated on. Why is it right for the community to express themselves and not for Chick-fil-A to express what their values and what they believe in?

Emma July 26, 2012 | 4:22 PM

I am sure this incident didn't happen on accident, but it doesn't really matter. "Chick-fil-A has never hid its Christian values by any means," and so it shouldn't be surprising that they have taken this stance. If other companies want to pull their partnerships that is their own decision. I respect Chick fil A and what they stand for.

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