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Update on Chick-fil-A Backlash: The Jim Henson Company and the City of Boston Take a Stand

As we reported last week, there has been an outpouring of both support and outrage in response to comments made by Dan Cathy, President of Chick-fil-A, about his anti-gay marriage stance. Despite Chick-fil-A releasing a statement meant to calm things down (the statement failed to actually denounce or apologize for Cathy’s comments), the controversy has continued to pick up steam, and is now not only costing the company some of its customers, but also its partnership with the Jim Henson Company and a potential Boston franchise.

And if movies and TV have taught us anything, we know that there are two people you really don’t want to tick off — a Bostonian, and Miss Piggy.

The Jim Henson company, which had been providing the “Creature Shop” toys in Chick-fil-A “Kids meals,” has severed its business ties with the fast food chain, saying in a statement:

“The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity 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.”

Additionally, according to Time, Mayor Thomas M. Menino of Boston has sworn that the franchise will have to fight city hall in order to open a store in his city. Ironically, Chick-fil-A was hoping to open a restaurant near the city’s Freedom Trail.

“Chick-fil-A doesn’t belong in Boston,” Menino reportedly told the Boston Herald. “You can’t have a business in the city of Boston that discriminates against the population. We’re an open city, we’re a city that’s at the forefront of inclusion. That’s the Freedom Trail. That’s where it all started right here. And we’re not going to have a company, Chick-fil-A or whatever the hell the name is, on our Freedom Trail.”

It looks like the people of Boston and Kermit the Frog will be purchasing their chicken sandwiches elsewhere.

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