Chick-fil-A received huge backlash after Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy came forward with his feelings towards homosexuality. However, his opposition towards gay marriage acted as a double-edged sword.
At the same time, there was a backlash against his anti-homosexual views; there was also a national Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day. It was a record sales day for the company as people around the country came out to show their support for Cathy’s views.
Along with that record-setting day came an opportunity for satirical sites to make a quick buck as well. On April 11, 2012, The Free Wood Post decided to write an article titled, “Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy – ‘We Don’t Like The Blacks Either.‘”
Snippets of the article have made numerous appearances on social media and other sites over the years. In the original story, The Free Wood Post claims that Cathy made a quote about using racism to spawn another customer appreciation day.
“Let’s milk this for all its worth. Let’s wait until this gay thing dies down a little, then I will release another statement that says that we don’t like blacks either. Now, they’re protected by those stupid discrimination laws so we’ll need to be careful, but I think it will work. I mean hey, it’s not like it’s a lie. We’ll have another Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day before you know it!”
The article then claims that Cathy defended the racial comment.
“We are a private company with a deeply personal belief system. We are lucky to live in a country where we are allowed to practice those beliefs. We abide by all of the discrimination laws and we welcome colored folk in our restaurants. I even hire them to work in my restaurants. We do not discriminate against anyone because of their color. However, if I’m being honest, we really don’t care for them. That is my opinion and I have a right to express it.”
The Free Wood Post is an openly satirical site. Their slogan is, “News that’s almost reliable.” In fact, right at the top of the site, there is a link to the satire disclaimer, which reads as follows.
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Any resemblance to the truth is purely coincidental, except for all references to politicians and/or celebrities, in which case they are based on real people, but still based almost entirely in fiction.
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