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Gay artist claims responsibility for ‘Tastes like hate’ grafitti at Chick-fil-A

Friday, August 3, 2012

TORRENCE, Calif. — A Los Angeles-area Chick-fil-A was vandalized overnight with the message “Tastes like hate” scrawled in large black lettering on the wall of the restaurant, mimicking the chain’s advertising slogans.

Local gay artist Manny Castro stepped forward to claim responsibility for the graffiti, and told the Huffington Post on Friday that he was compelled to make a statement against Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy’s comments against marriage equality for gays and lesbians.

“Everybody is entitled to free speech, but it seems like for the gay tribe, this is more of an issue of equal rights — human rights,” explained Castro. “I’m against what these people stand for, what this company stands for. They’re trying to take away what little rights we already have.”

The vandalism appeared just two days following a Chick-fil-A “appreciation day” promoted by failed GOP presidential candidate and Fox News pundit Mike Huckabee — opponents of marriage equality turned out in droves nationwide to proudly support the anti-gay restaurant chain, giving the giving the 1,600-store chain a “record-setting day,” a spokesman said on Thursday.

On Friday, marriage equality supporters are staging same-sex “held “kiss-ins” at Chick-fil-A restaurants across the United States to protest the fast-food chain president’s opposition to gay unions, and the chain’s millions of dollars in donations to anti-gay organizations.

Castro’s graffiti at the Torrence, Calif., Chick-fil-A was removed within hours of its discovery.

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  1. Bad bad bad. We should not be resorting to destruction of personal property.

    Posted on Friday, August 3, 2012 at 2:26pm
  2. We’re better than that. This should NOT happen.

    Posted on Friday, August 3, 2012 at 2:27pm
  3. Torrance is spelled with an A!

    Posted on Friday, August 3, 2012 at 2:27pm
  4. That was mature. Tolerance is a two-way street.

    Posted on Friday, August 3, 2012 at 2:27pm
  5. I agree Donald. We you can’t fight hate with hate. We must rise above and this just sets us back. SMH

    Posted on Friday, August 3, 2012 at 2:28pm
  6. We have to be above this and behave better than they do!!!

    Posted on Friday, August 3, 2012 at 2:28pm
  7. not cool there is no need to break a law to dislike a opinion.

    Posted on Friday, August 3, 2012 at 2:29pm
  8. This is not the way to create change. Acts like this should not be tolerated by the LGBT community. Hopefully those on the other side realize this was the act of 1 individual. A poor choice of an act.

    Posted on Friday, August 3, 2012 at 2:29pm
  9. Im Sorry. I UNDERSTAND ALL the anger but WE ARE BETTER THAN THAT! Look at the tweets coming from the CHICK whatever Appreciation day… ALL FILLED with HATE… WE ARE BETTER THAN THAT. WE WILL NOT STOOP to that level.

    Posted on Friday, August 3, 2012 at 2:31pm
  10. love this. fuck that place.

    Posted on Friday, August 3, 2012 at 2:32pm
  11. It should be TORRANCE (not Torrence)

    Posted on Friday, August 3, 2012 at 2:33pm
  12. FAIL.

    Posted on Friday, August 3, 2012 at 2:36pm
  13. FAIL.

    Posted on Friday, August 3, 2012 at 2:36pm
  14. Not cool

    Posted on Friday, August 3, 2012 at 2:37pm
  15. ok i know how they feel, but there is a more apropriate way to protest. not by breaking the law. this just makes us look like we dont deserve anything. but come on to go this far? really?

    Posted on Friday, August 3, 2012 at 2:38pm
  16. Not cool!

    Posted on Friday, August 3, 2012 at 2:39pm
  17. It may be illegal but I am pleased nonetheless.

    Posted on Friday, August 3, 2012 at 2:40pm
  18. Now watch as the far right calls it an attack by the ‘well-armed homosexual militia.’

    Posted on Friday, August 3, 2012 at 2:42pm
  19. ok i know how the person feels, but i think a more apropriate way to protest is better then doing acts of crime. this just hurts us all.

    Posted on Friday, August 3, 2012 at 2:42pm
  20. WTF man! Whoever did this should be jailed! Not the way we do this!

    Posted on Friday, August 3, 2012 at 2:42pm
  21. O god… conservatives are gonna have a field day.

    Posted on Friday, August 3, 2012 at 2:43pm
  22. Very counter-productive. Criminals and those who would support them will find no sympathetic ear here. Those who conduct themselves in a respectful mature manner will have my full attention and consideration.

    Posted on Friday, August 3, 2012 at 2:47pm
  23. not the way. this is shit they want to see…

    Posted on Friday, August 3, 2012 at 2:47pm
  24. Seriously, this anti Chick Fil A is going way too far. Are we gonna continue being intolerant, and demand equality?

    Posted on Friday, August 3, 2012 at 2:48pm
  25. I don’t know Mac are they going to continue to support organizations that don’t simply disagree with our ‘lifestyle’ but want to eradicate us?

    I don’t really agree with what was done, but to be fair, I also it doesn’t really bother me because I understand. If I was a gay USAsian I’d be tired of taking the higher road too.

    Posted on Friday, August 3, 2012 at 2:59pm
  26. not the way to get a message across. this is for thugs/hoodlums. if you want to get respect, you have to give it.

    Posted on Friday, August 3, 2012 at 2:59pm
  27. Wow bad grammar was bad. Damn phone I can’t delete and repost.

    Posted on Friday, August 3, 2012 at 3:00pm
  28. Love it!!

    Posted on Friday, August 3, 2012 at 3:06pm
  29. Tsk, i don’t condone this, this will make bigots even stupider. While i understand their reason, we can do better and it doesn’t involve graffiti.

    Posted on Friday, August 3, 2012 at 3:15pm
  30. Good for them…we need all kinds of people helping in every manner. It is not just the peaceful activists that change the world–all of us coming together and utilizing our gifts in solidarity for one cause. We may not agree with the way people do things–but it is with all areas covered we see change.

    Posted on Friday, August 3, 2012 at 3:16pm
  31. Not cool at all. Hate makes hate. We have enough hate in the world already.

    Posted on Friday, August 3, 2012 at 3:38pm
  32. Yeah, some knuckle dragging buffoons are gay, too. So fucking what?

    Posted on Friday, August 3, 2012 at 3:43pm
  33. This is not the way to go. Breaking the law is NOT the way we want to go about getting our message across. I can already see the backlash from conservatives for this act. Unfortunately, one persons act is going to reflect horribly on our entire community.

    Posted on Friday, August 3, 2012 at 4:14pm
  34. graffiti art is becoming increasingly recognized as just that….art. It is not exclusive to “thugs/hoodlums”. Just wanted to say that.

    Posted on Friday, August 3, 2012 at 4:21pm
  35. the Christians and straights are allowed their opinion

    Posted on Friday, August 3, 2012 at 4:35pm
  36. we want understanding and respect then we have to show them the same courtesy

    Posted on Friday, August 3, 2012 at 4:36pm
  37. Roger Helmer did it! Found out on MSNBC.

    Posted on Friday, August 3, 2012 at 5:05pm
  38. This will set our right back. That is NOT cool! What a POS!

    Posted on Friday, August 3, 2012 at 7:10pm
  39. respect begats respect

    Posted on Friday, August 3, 2012 at 7:30pm
  40. When we stoop to this level we are engaging in as much hate as they are and proving to be bigots and common criminals whose behaviors are reprehensible in my mind. What makes anyone think they have the right to touch their property or any of them physically? We are allowed to express our opinions because of freedom of speech given that we live in an amazing country that our selfless soldiers of the military fight for. But vandilism — no way! You are not part of my fight for this war on homophobia. Take your methods eleswhere. You are not welcome here!

    Posted on Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 8:33am
  41. Posted on Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 1:52pm
  42. not an adequate response. This is just an example of liberal intolerance

    Posted on Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 2:31pm
  43. Posted on Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 2:33pm
  44. Please sign, you do not have to be local! Just support the cause, thanks!!!

    Posted on Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 2:33pm