Homophobic Flier? Chick-fil-A Says That's Nuts

By: Brandon Voss
10.17.2012

Since it posted on Towleroad last Friday, a certain Chick-fil-A flier from a franchise in the Atlanta area has been seriously ruffling feathers on the Internet. The Chamblee, Ga., store's advertisement reads: "Only a fruitcake wouldn't love our party trays." Say what now?!

Of course, the slogan probably wouldn't have raised eyebrows had Chick-fil-A prez Dan Cathy not admitted earlier this year that he was "guilty as charged" when it came to supporting antigay causes with company dollars. But he sure did. And it sure has. However, a company spokesman has investigated the ad and now offers a perfectly logical if not perfectly acceptable explanation in a statement to The Advocate.

"This is an advertisement that a locally owned and operated restaurant has been using for the past five years to promote Chick-fil-A's catering options during the holidays," says Steve Robinson, Chick-fil-A's executive vice president and chief marketing officer. "It was simply a play on words referring to the traditional holiday food, and the restaurant had no intention of offending anyone whatsoever. We regret the flier may have been taken out of context."

Are you swallowing the explanation they've cooked up?

Mmm... nutty. Meanwhile, read what queer chefs like Art Smith and Yigit Pura are saying about the Chick-fil-A controversy here.

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