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Muppets creators end partnership with Chick-fil-A over anti-gay sentiments

Sunday, July 22, 2012

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.

In an announcement posted on their Facebook page Friday, the company said it would donate its latest residual check to GLAAD, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation:

“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.”

Last week, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino vowed to block Chick-fil-A from opening its first restaurant in the city.

“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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  1. You go Muppets!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 11:55am
  2. I knew I loved that show as a kid for a reason.

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 11:56am
  3. Muppets are AWESOME !

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 11:56am
  4. way to goooooo

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 11:57am
  5. Good for the Muppets! :-)

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 11:59am
  6. … For Ben-&-Ernie’s SAKE!?! YEA!!!

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 12:00pm
  7. I bet they didn’t want to offend Bert & Ernie.

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 12:00pm
  8. NICE

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 12:00pm
  9. i always loved those furry lovable puppets! <3 right on!

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 12:00pm
  10. love this!

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 12:01pm
  11. Rock on!

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 12:03pm
  12. Hate and bigotry will never over come acceptance and love

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 12:03pm
  13. Way to go Muppets. I really wish people stop supporting businesses with CHIK-FIL -HATE and companies like them who so blatantly promote hate and discrimination.

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 12:03pm
  14. Excellent!

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 12:03pm
  15. sometimes we have to go to places we can reach and have the cheapest prices thats the only reason shop at walmart

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 12:04pm
  16. way to go

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 12:05pm
  17. Excellent and I’m not eating at chick fillet ever again

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 12:06pm
  18. Because Fozzie, Gonzo, and Animal are the shit!!!!! Xoxoxo

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 12:07pm
  19. Thank you, Muppets!

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 12:07pm
  20. Yay, muppets!!!

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 12:08pm
  21. P.s. Chick fil a SUCK anyway!

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 12:09pm
  22. like page for ur support

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 12:10pm
  23. Way to go Muppets . Hate and be a bigot never pays

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 12:10pm
  24. Wal-Mart is evil, shopping there is making a pack with the devil……Nothing good will come of it….

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 12:11pm
  25. Oh wow damn ….. I love it too death real talk

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 12:12pm
  26. Love when businesses and marketing firms boycott bigots. Its awesome!

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 12:15pm
  27. thank god yay muppets!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 12:17pm
  28. Glaad we dont have any Chik fil.A franchises in Canada.!!

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 12:18pm
  29. The muppets have more sense than a lot of humans.

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 12:18pm
  30. I would expect nothing less from the Muppets.

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 12:22pm
  31. kermet for president. yay good stand.

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 12:24pm
  32. Good for you miss piggy! You are much to classy for them anyway!

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 12:29pm
  33. I’m really sorry that Chick-fil-A is taking the wrong stand here. They are such a compassionate employer, a good restaurant, and a positive supporter of their employees and their families. I wish they’d extend those values to all people.

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 12:32pm
  34. Gregory Sweetland: Sorry, their Mistreatment of LGBT people makes them worthless. One cannot make up for doing evil to some by doing a kindness to others.

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 12:39pm
  35. thanbk you so much jim hennson and friends

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 12:41pm
  36. wow….now that is pretty serious when the muppets get involved….lol…..can we all just get along?

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 12:42pm
  37. Yes Baby!!!

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 12:43pm
  38. I’m so happy that others are finally taking notice of Chick-fil-a’s unfair business practices. Feels good to know its getting harder for them to make money.

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 12:44pm
  39. Yay Kermit!

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 12:48pm
  40. Although it should be noted that “The Muppets” are no longer affiliated with The Jim Henson Company, this is the greatest thing ever.

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 12:50pm
  41. Thank you, Kermit and friends….

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 12:58pm
  42. I wonder how many “Chick Fil-A” employees have quit their jobs over this. Disagree with Terry. CFA has nothing to make up for. If they want to support these groups they are free to do so. What unfair business practices are we talking about, Nicole? I hadn’t heard that one yet. Just FYI I support the right to marriage for all people, there is no logical reason to deny people the human need of a family based on sexual orientations.

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 1:02pm
  43. the muppets are an American Institution. Burt and Ernie were sleeping in the same bed, on TV, when I was in Kindergarten.

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 1:06pm
  44. YABBA! DABBA! DOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Chick-fl-a FUCK YOU!! Others will follow this is something we should start on FB… NO MORE DISCRIMINATION. ON COLOR, SEX, SEXUAL OREINTATION, TATTOOS WHATEVER, NEW TO THIS COUNTRY…. END DISCRIMINATION IN 2012. When the new yr rolls in NO MORE HATE! NO MORE JUDGING OTHERS! NO MORE SEPERTISM, FAVORTISM, NO MORE PREJUDICE AGAINST ANYONE ANYMORE in these UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! END IT ONCE AND FOR ALL!!!

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 1:14pm
  45. Jim Davis would be proud!

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 1:25pm
  46. good for the muppets. they have been anti-discrimination for a very long time.

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 1:34pm
  47. Good on you, Jim Henson Company! You’ve been a good organization from your beginnings.

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 1:37pm
  48. I’ve always loved the Muppets and I’m not a Sesame Street kid.

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 1:58pm
  49. Yes. <3 And Jim Henson is still smiling from beyond.

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 2:01pm
  50. Even the Muppets know discrimination is wrong.

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 2:16pm
  51. Yeah, Muppets! They have more than just fluff in their ears.

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 2:26pm
  52. I support this all the way, but ya know, in America, people have the “right” to hate.

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 2:30pm
  53. the lovers, the dreamers and ME.

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 2:32pm
  54. Ever since Bert & Ernie the Muppets have had a streak of FABULOUS in them!

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 2:41pm
  55. WAY TO GO Kermit and friends…. AND THANK YOU Jim Henson Company!!

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 2:52pm
  56. Won’t eat at chick fil a anymore.

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 3:00pm
  57. It is heartening to see this. Discrimination has no place in the US.

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 3:09pm
  58. Whoot whoot!

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 3:14pm
  59. Chick-fil-A also won’t tell you where their chicken comes from so they’re most likely selling meat from chickens raised very inhumanely.

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 3:24pm
  60. That made my day!! Hopefully more will follow!!

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 3:32pm
  61. One more reason to love the fucking muppets!

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 3:44pm
  62. support ur own POV…

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 4:23pm
  63. Yay Muppets!

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 4:28pm
  64. W-O-N-D-E-R-F-U-L-!

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 4:46pm
  65. YES!

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 5:07pm
  66. Appreciate Lisa Henson’s sense of irony.

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 5:13pm
  67. U Go mups

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 6:06pm
  68. good for the Muppets!

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 6:19pm
  69. Wonderful.. now more people need to do this…

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 6:52pm
  70. Good!

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 7:16pm
  71. A new chik fila opened near where I live several months ago, everytime I drove by (1-2 times a week) I noticed that the place was always packed, parking lot full, double drive thru crammed with cars all the way out to the road, yesterday as I passed by around 1pm, there were no cars in the drive thrus and only about 10 cars in the parking lot. I do hope that is what I see in the future!

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 7:52pm
  72. Yea to Ms. Piggy and Kermit!

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 7:57pm
  73. I have never eaten at Chick-fil-A and probably never will. its been decades since I tried Carls Jr. despite my love for flame broiled or bought a GE product. Boycotts last a long time with me. They should with everyone.

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 8:06pm
  74. JUST EAT MORE COW!

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 8:41pm
  75. alright muppets i love them

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 9:58pm
  76. If muppets can understand the simplicity of love, why can’t everyone? Waiting for the happy ending…

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 11:33pm
  77. YAY MISS PIGGY!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 1:21am
  78. Always knew Kermit was on our side!

    Posted on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 2:16am
  79. I love it that it took a combo of fried food and muppets to move the needle on this issue.

    Posted on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 8:12am
  80. Way to go MUPS.

    Posted on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 12:14pm