The Jim Henson Company has announced they will pull their toys out of Chick-Fil-A happy meals and donate the money to GLAAD.
“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,” said the company’s statement on their Facebook page.
Last week, Chick-fil-A’s president Dan Cathy told Biblical Recorder how they felt about gay marriage.
“We operate as a family business … our restaurants are typically led by families; some are single. We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that,” Cathy said. “We intend to stay the course.”
He added that he feels their strict principles are an important thing to have in the United States.
Later in the week, actor Ed Helms spoke out about the controversy.
“Chick-fil-A doesn’t like gay people? So lame,” he tweeted. “Hate to think what they do to the gay chickens! Lost a loyal fan.”
And the controversy just keeps going. The Jim Henson company supplies toys to Chick-fil-A happy meals and this new statement released by them effectively ends that relationship. In fact, the company went one step further by saying they would donate all their proceeds to a gay-friendly organization.
“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,” they said.
The statement has been shared almost 5,000 times as of Monday night.
Beyond the celebrities and companies speaking out against the fast-food chain’s announcement, social media has been trending with reaction from the news. The social media comments both support and speak against Chick-fil-A.
According to SeattlePi.com, Cathy later said, “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.”