“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 comments that came after their statement are mostly supportive but there are a few gems from conservatives like Marilyn Gillespie Chapman who posted (note the multiple spelling errors, hers not mine), “The muppets will no longer be a part of my families lives. Whoever is running the Muppet franchise isn’t very smart. They just turned away their audience – you know – families that have morals. Chick-Filet would not treat a gay customer differently or refuse to serve them – they simply support marraige between a man and woman. It is the left that has no tolerance for diversity of views.”
And there is Catherine O. Snow who writes, “I’m saddened by your decision. I will continue to support God’s only design for marriage, which is a reflection of Christ’s love for the Church, as well as for Chick-fil-A.”
Wait, what? God’s only design for Chik-fil-A?
Then there are those showing support, granted through sarcasm, like Jason Beyer who wrote, “For those of you planning to boycott the Muppets you should also try boycotting the library for the books they carry and the LGBT community members they employ. Then you wouldn’t have to feel pressured to read a book ever again making it much easier for you to maintain your close minded beliefs. Thank you Muppets! Love to you forever and always!”
And Jacob Hamann, who writes, “Huzzah! I don’t really understand the logic behind those who believe they are constitutionally warranted the ability to tred on the fundamental rights of others. This is the same argument used by bigots in the 1950s-60s during the civil rights movement. What if the shoe was on the other foot? It is great to see corporate powers siding with empathy and compassion rather than bigotry and hatred. “
Thank you Henson and company for all you do and for standing on the side of good in this ridiculous battle that I cannot believe we have to face. I have no ill will toward anyone else’s belief. If you don’t believe I should be allowed to be married, fine. Just don’t try to stalwart my attempts to be happy. It is embarrassing that, in 2012, we can’t simply accept and appreciate the differences in everyone.