The Jim Henson Company, the entertainment organization that traces its origins to the founding of The Muppets in 1958 by puppeteer Jim Henson, has ended its affiliation with Chick-fil-A over the restaurant chain’s anti-gay sentiments.
“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. 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.”
The Henson company’s partnership with Chick-fil-A included selling its Creature Shop toys for the restaurant chain’s kids meals.
The announcement is the latest fallout related to Chick-fil-A’s history of donating millions of dollars to anti-gay organizations.Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy, in a recent interview with the Baptist Press, said his company’s position supporting “traditional marriage” is based on values rooted in the Bible, and that gay marriage is “inviting God’s judgment on our nation.”
“You can’t have a business in the city of Boston that discriminates against a population. We’re an open city, we’re a city that’s at the forefront of inclusion,” Menino said.
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