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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Chick-Fil-A is the Anita Bryant of the 21st Century

Chick-Fil-A posted the link at the bottom of this posting to Facebook on September 20, 2012 at approximately 5:30 PM.  It will not allow comments from anyone it considers its opposition, even on Facebook.  It is a Press Release by Chick-Fil-A, once again trying to back peddle its abhorrent bigoted behavior.  Dan Cathy, Chick-Fil-A's CEO, was wallowing in satisfaction when the company got one day's worth of business from all of the easily manipulated and frightened, right-wing, homophobic, Galactically Ignorant, low information knuckle draggers.

Chick-Fil-A's fifteen minutes of fame has resulted in corporate suicide second only to Anita Bryant’s career.  The organization is obviously facing some serious consequences, which its CEO never even considered when he attempted to capitalize upon hate and bigotry to increase revenues.  Considering consequences is the very essence of a CEO's job.  Look up Anita Bryant on Wikipedia to learn of her self-destruction resulting from her homophobic crusade.  Dan Cathy and Chick-Fil-A are on the exact same path.

Dan Cathy is desperately trying to kiss and make up with the LGBT community.  Why?  Well, based upon my business experience, I can guarantee that all of the banks affiliated with Chick-Fil-A are very paranoid about lending money either to Chick-Fil-A, to anyone looking at buying and financing a franchise, or anyone who currently owns and operates a franchise.  In fact, I would bet that lending for new franchise sales has completely evaporated right now.

You can also be sure that all of the insurance underwriters for Chick-Fil-A and its franchisee's got a real pucker from the dumbass stunt pulled by its CEO. 

Chubb generally underwrites Employee Practices Insurance.  I would not be surprised if Chick-Fil-A lost a good portion of its insurance coverage.  Dan Cathy's stunt opened Chick-Fil-A up to some very ugly employee and franchise lawsuits.  He basically made Chick-Fil-A a plaintiff attorney's wet-dream.

Anyone looking at buying a franchise is receiving stern advice from their attorneys, insurance carrier, and from their banks to by a Dairy Queen, Taco Bell, or McDonalds - ANYTHING but a Chick-Fil-A.  Aside from that, who would want to pour their life savings into a franchise that is financially and contractually beholden to a loose cannon cowboy?

Banks do not like taking risks that cannot be calculated within the guidelines of customary business operation risks, and for those unforeseen risks, the bank wants to see insurance.  Insurance companies do not want to write insurance for someone who is waiving a banner, "Please sue me."  Finally, you can't buy insurance for having a CEO who is an ass nozzle. 

I suspect that Chick-Fil-A lost a great deal more business than it gained from its one-day escapade of catering to the all of the aforementioned right-wing, homophobic, low information knuckle draggers.  However, what is far more impacted is its business model, and how it has tainted itself with its lenders, insurance underwriters, franchisees, prospective franchisees, vendors and everyone who has actually evolved beyond the 17th Century. 

I was in my early twenties while Anita Bryant self-destructed.  Anita Bryant is still the best thing that ever happened to the LGBT community - indeed Anita Bryant was the catalyst that created the organized LGBT community.

Dan Cathy and Chick-Fil-A consciously decided to viciously attack innocent people on the basis of what we now see is a totally phony theology.  If Mr. Cathy were really devoted to his theology, he wouldn't be trying to backpedal.  Mr. Cathy's theology is practiced only for the convenience of the moment or the situation.  Cathy’s theology is a total veneer that he is willing to abandon because his business is in very serious trouble, as it certainly should be.

Some people would suggest that the LGBT community accept Mr. Cathy's disingenuous olive branch and forgive him.  I personally say use him and Chick-Fil-A as the sacrificial goat to show the rest of the country that there are consequences with what amounts to corporate sponsorship of hate and bigotry.  Mr. Cathy made himself and his organization the sacrificial goat - not the LGBT community.

I believe that this is the biggest opportunity to advance equality since Anita Bryant.  Just because Chick-fil-A is floating a balloon that it won't give donations (that anyone can find) to anti gay organizations doesn't suddenly cure Dan Cathy of his numerous malfunctions, including being a repugnant bigot.  My personal vote would be to continue the boycott until Dan Cathy is in Chapter 7 and Chick-Fil-A is in Chapter 11.

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