Showing posts with label Homophobia/Commerce. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Homophobia/Commerce. Show all posts

October 20, 2019

First Chik fil-a Restaurant in UK, Told to Pack Up because Their Connection to The Anti Gay Evangelicals

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Note: Last week a Preacher was kicked out of Rwanda. This same preacher and others like him come from mainly the US and they need lots of money to go to an African Country tohelp the local governments with legislation for executions for those that are Gay. The money comes from companies ...
such as Chick-fil-A and they have rouse the anger on the LGBTQ community, at least those that care about people threatened with death, not that jail with no end is any better, but a couple of African countries have taken us to the Spanish inquisition in which the same was being done but including those that did not abandon their beliefs and pick up Jesus Christ.

For some of us even in todays Trump ( I'll do what I want no matter who gets hurt) there are things
 that simply is not acceptable.

In the US the fight for this type of company is been almost a draw except when they try to open in Universities and public owned places. Then you see the resistance to this Christian money. Wouldn't it be nice if it helped people here? Ministers go out to expand to where there are new territories and potential for millions of new converts. The right kind of converts they like, those in political upheaval and money being short and religion is a hope in God they need. These people are friendly and their restaurant is run. You could see a long line but it won't last for long. Enough order takers, at least 3 expediters and then3 in the kitchen wich everything is automated. Mc D's is tried but with the wrong type of worker or the wrong training. Where an McD does it that way they run great. Starbuck's started doing it this way too. No one has to be told to go to a register or do this or that they know what might be getting behind and they go there. When I was younger I wanted to own a Restaurant and no matter to what restaurant I went to, wether Europe or Canada, San Francisco, NYC. Etc., I took mental note about how they were doing their thing and what was the wait time before and after the customer placed the order.
Adam Gonzalez

The U.K.'s first and only Chick-fil-A restaurant will close it was announced Friday—just eight days after it opened in Reading, south England.
LGBT+ groups expressed concerns about Chick-fil-A's views on LGBT+ rights and the company's donations to perceived anti-LGBT+ organizations.
The Oracle shopping mall said it would not renew Chick-fil-A's six-month lease, telling the BBC it's the "right thing to do."
"We always look to introduce new concepts for our customers, however, we have decided on this occasion that the right thing to do is to only allow Chick-fil-A to trade with us for the initial six-month pilot period, and not to extend the lease any further," an Oracle spokesperson told the BBC.

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LGBT+ rights groups in Reading, including the organizers of Reading Pride, have been critical of the new Chick-fil-A branch in recent weeks. A planned protest on Saturday will go ahead.
"The chain's ethos and moral stance towards #LGBTQ people goes completely against our values, and that of the UK," Reading Pride tweeted earlier this week.

Reading Pride said its concerns about Chick-fil-A's position on LGBT+ views included 
comments made by the company's CEO Dan Cathy in 2012 opposing 
same-sex marriage.
In an interview with the Biblical Recorder, Cathy said: 
"We are very much supportive of the family—the biblical definition of the family unit.
We are a family-owned business, 
a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. 
We give God thanks for that ...
We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families."

In a radio interview the same year, Cathy said that by redefining marriage,
 "I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation."

In March, the website ThinkProgress reported that, in 2017, the Chick-fil-A Foundation 
gave just over $1.6 million to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, which requires
 employees to adhere to a "sexual purity" clause that forbids "homosexual acts."
Reading Pride organizers said Friday they felt it was "reasonable" to allow Chick-fil-A to 
see out its six-month lease at the Oracle shopping center, which would allow
 "re-settlement and notice for employees that have moved from other jobs."
The U.K. Pride Network, a group that brings together organizers of Pride events
 around the U.K., tweeted Friday: "Cluck off @ChickfilA you are not welcome!" 

It also said it would show solidarity with Reading Pride organizers at a 
protest planned at the
Chick-fil-A restaurant on Saturday. 
Reading Pride organizers said that Saturday's protest will go ahead as planned—
despite the store closing—"to advise where their money should go" as they believe
 Chick-fil-A will be "profiting from unsuspecting patrons" over the six-month 
tenure of its lease.

BY , Newsweek

April 16, 2019

Chick-fil- A Wants Their Homophobia and Chicken in Commerce Too

 , Cincinnati Enquirer
A public protest took place at the center of the Cincinnati Cyclones' game Saturday night at U.S. Bank Arena where people held "Chick-fil-A is ANTI-GAY" signs.
The hockey team, in the midst of a playoff series, has threatened seven people with criminal trespassing if they ever return, spokesman Everett Fitzhugh said Sunday. Signs will be banned on the "Fan Zam" Zamboni from now on, too, Fitzhugh said.
"Moving forward, we have adopted a 'no signage' policy on the Fan Zam, and we will be monitoring all riders to make sure something like this doesn't happen again," he said.
The Cyclones were hosting the Kalamazoo Wings in Game 2 of the first round of the ECHL's Kelly Cup Playoffs. The Cyclones, tied with one win apiece with the Wings in the best of 7 matchup, will have to win in Kalamazoo, Michigan to bring the playoffs back to Cincinnati. Game 6 against Kalamazoo, if needed, will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23 at U.S. Bank Arena. People snuck the signs aboard the "Fan Zam" Zamboni during the game's first intermission, according to the Cyclones' Twitter account.
The "Fan Zam," labeled for sponsor Chick-fil-A, carts people around the rink.
The signs were hidden inside a birthday sign, according to the Twitter post. The people, who are seen on Reddit riding with the signs in the "Fan Zam" with Chick-fil-A's cow mascot, were tossed by the Cyclones from the game.
The fast-food chain continues to be criticized for anti-gay marriage statements made in years past by the company's CEO, according to a recent USA Today article. The family-owned chain is also facing protests for donations to organizations reported to oppose LGBTQ rights, according to an April 12 USA Today article. LGBTQ is an acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (or queer).
The Cyclones continued to publicly rebuke the protesters' actions in the comments section of the hockey team's own tweet with the following statement:

During the first intermission a group of protestors riding the Chick-fil-A Fan Zam displayed unacceptable messaging that was hidden inside of a birthday sign. The Cincinnati Cyclones & U.S. Bank Arena do not condone this type of behavior or the messaging expressed. 1 of 2

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Cincinnati City Councilman Chris Seelbach took to social media Sunday afternoon in response to Cincinnati Cyclones having Chick-fil-A as a sponsor.
"Can’t have it both ways Cincinnati Cyclones," Seelbach said. "You can’t pretend to be LGBT friendly by hosting a pride night, but also have anti-gay Chick-fil-A as a sponsor."
The Cyclones have no further comment on the matter, Fitzhugh said in response to being asked about Seelbach's comments.

March 24, 2019

San Antonio City Council Votes to Keep Anti Gay Chick-fil-A Out From Opening at The Airport

"They are not giving as much to anti gay groups but they are still giving/supporting them"


The San Antonio City Council narrowly voted to prevent Chick-fil-a from opening a restaurant at the city's airport on Thursday due to the company's alleged bias against LGBT rights.

The council voted, 6-4, for excluding Chick-fil-a from the overall restaurant and concession space operated by Atlanta-based airport concessionaire Paradies Lagardre. Chick-fil-a has been accused of anti-LGBT behavior for years. CEO Dan Cathy first drew condemnation from LGBT groups in 2012 when he said he supported "the biblical definition of the family unit" -- marriage only between a man and woman.

The agreement with Paradies Lagardre was for 10,000 square feet in food and concession space, including not only the Chick-fil-a, but also a Smoke Shack, San Antonio Spurs retail store and coffee shop and bar. The Chick-fil-a would have replaced Raising Cane's, also a chicken restaurant chain.

The Chick-fil-a was set to fill just 658 square feet of the deal, according to the agreement.

Sen. Ted Cruz blasted the vote on Twitter Saturday, saying, "San Antonio City Council voted to ban @ChickfilA from the airport bc the company gave to...the Fellowship of Christian Athletes & the Salvation Army?!? That's ridiculous. And not Texas."

The Chick-fil-a would've paid $366,507 annually in rent to the city as part of a guarantee of $2.165 million in annual rent from the company, according to the concessionaire agreement. Chick-fil-a also would've paid 10 percent of annual gross receipts to the city.

The lease would've begun Jan. 1, 2020.

"With this decision, the City Council reaffirmed the work our city has done to become a champion of equality and inclusion," District 1 Councilman Roberto Trevino, who voted against Chick-fil-a, said in a statement Friday. "San Antonio is a city full of compassion, and we do not have room in our public facilities for a business with a legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior.

"Everyone has a place here, and everyone should feel welcome when they walk through our airport," he continued. "I look forward to the announcement of a suitable replacement by Paradies."

Chick-fil-a said in a statement to San Antonio ABC affiliate KSAT that they were disappointed by the vote.

"This is the first we've heard of this. It's disappointing," the statement said. "We would have liked to have had a dialogue with the city council before this decision was made. We agree with Councilmember Treviño that everyone is and should feel welcome at Chick-fil-A. We plan to reach out to the city council to gain a better understanding of this decision."

Just this week it was reported by ThinkProgress that Chick-fil-a had donated $1.8 million to conservative groups that advocated against homosexuality, mostly the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, in newly released 2017 tax filings.

Chick-fil-a, founded in 1946 by Cathy's father, S. Truett Cathy, operates more than 2,000 restaurants around the country

July 13, 2018

Homophobic Papa John's (J.Schnatter) Resigns After More Racist Comments

In  2074 at 3am a pedestrian spots Papa Johns pizza dough exploding on a dumpster. If you have been buying pizza from this nazi, the same might happen to you. Picture: Independent


Papa John’s founder John Schnatter resigned as board chairman from the pizza company after he apologized for using a racial slur on a conference call that was set up to teach Schnatter how to not say offensive things.
This is the latest in the fallout for Schantter, who faced increasing pressure after he admitted using the n-word and described a scene of violence against African Americans on a conference call in May. 
Forbes first reported the call, which was set up to help take Schnatter through a “role-playing exercise” to help him deal with racially sensitive situations. Schantter stepped down as CEO from Papa John’s last year, after he blamed NFL leadership for failing to stop anthem protests, which he said had driven down the chain’s sales.
Schnatter confirmed to Forbes that he made those comments and apologized. “News reports attributing the use of inappropriate and hurtful language to me during a media training session regarding race are true,” he said in a statement. “Regardless of the context, I apologize. Simply stated, racism has no place in our society.”
Papa John’s said it had accepted Schnatter’s resignation and will appoint a new chair. Schnatter — under mounting pressure, including from the Louisville chapter of the NAACP— also tendered his resignation Wednesday from the University of Louisville Board of Trustees.
Schnatter was appointed to the Board of Trustees by Gov. Matt Bevin but has long been a fixture at, and financial backer of, the university. The football stadium bears the name of the company he founded — Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium — and he donated millions to found an eponymous Center for Free Enterprise at Louisville. 
Another city also responded: The mayor of Jeffersonville, Indiana — Schnatter’s hometown — ordered his name removed from its local field house on Wednesday. Schnatter had donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to renovate the aging facility last year. 
The pizza chain itself was also dealt a blow after Yahoo reported that the MLB had suspendeda promotional deal with Papa John’s. The NFL incident had brought repercussions on the company; the NFL replaced Papa John’s with Pizza Hut as the official pizza of the league, and Papa John’s faced slowing sales
Schnatter created controversy even before his NFL remarks last year. The Papa John’s founder got slammed in 2012 for saying that the cost of insuring his employees under the Affordable Care Act would raise the cost of pizza, which led to pushback from customers.
Schnatter, who notoriously featured himself in lots of commercials, had dialed back his public-facing role with the company after the NFL debacle. But according to Forbes, the founder wanted to stage a comeback. The conference call was an attempt to avoid future PR disasters — and ended up seriously backfiring.
Source Vox

May 21, 2018

Gay Coupled Kicked Out of Lyft Ride by Driver~~A Kiss~

 Ben Martella and Alec Jansen had no reason to believe their ride from Butler University in Indianapolis was going to be anything out of the ordinary earlier this month. But about a mile into the ride, the Lyft driver ordered the pair to get out of the car at a red light. Why? They had dared to share a brief kiss in the back seat of the car, the couple told the Indianapolis Star.
“We basically pecked, nothing out of the ordinary,” Martella, who is a student at Butler, told the paper. “He looked in his rear view mirror. He was yelling. We were stunned. We didn’t know the reason for it. He said, ‘I’m going to end your ride. I can’t have that in my car. I don’t have that here.’ … I was really upset. It was a big reaction for such a small display of affection between two guys.” Jensen agreed on the entire surreal nature of the sequence of events: “We gave each other a short kiss on the lips. … I was just surprised the whole thing happened. It just didn’t seem like it was real.” Martella tweeted about the incident, saying he felt “unfairly judged by this service.”
Lyft refunded their money and said it took “the appropriate and necessary actions.” It was only after the paper contacted the company that it confirmed the driver had been “deactivated.” Considering the discrimination they suffered while using the company’s service though, the couple seems a bit dissatisfied with the company’s response. Martella said that his communication with the company was all “very impersonal. It’s all been half-way responses to the answer I was looking for.” Now he says he’s considering taking legal action. 

September 23, 2017

Judge Rules Against Justice Dept on The Anti Gay Cake Story " Same as Just Serving Whites Only"


A Minnesota couple skirmishing on the front lines of the culture war over a business’s right to say no to same-sex marriage clients suffered a setback this week.

In December 2016, Carl and Angel Larsen, owners of videography company Telescope Media Group, targeted the state in a lawsuit challenging a provision in Minnesota’s Human Rights Act outlawing discrimination. This week, Chief U.S. District Court John Tunheim dismissed the case, ruling that the Larsens’ wish to turn down same-sex clients was “conduct akin to a ‘White Applicants Only’ sign,” according to the Star Tribune.

Despite the ruling, the issue is not likely to fade away soon. The St. Cloud couple’s attorney has indicated that the Larsens plan to appeal the ruling. But on a larger scale, the same powerhouse conservative group driving the litigation has a similar case at the U.S. Supreme Court.

The couple’s original suit challenged the constitutionality of the state statute. The Larsens, according to their complaint, were trying to break into the wedding videography business, but the Christian pair wanted to work only with heterosexual couples. To do otherwise would be “promoting a conception of marriage that directly contradicts their religious beliefs,” the lawsuit argued.

But due to an update to the state’s Human Rights Act, it is illegal for businesses to treat people differently because of “race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation,” according to the state’s website. The civil penalties for violators can be as much as $25,000.

In interviews and statements at the time, the Larsens shoehorned their legal argument into terms of artistic freedom.

“Imagine, if you can, government officials sitting down with Alfred Hitchcock back in the day, to tell him that, despite his commitment to making great films of suspense, political correctness demanded that he start making musicals, too. Or else,” Carl Larsen wrote in a December 2016 commentary in the Star Tribune. “Or maybe they’d crack down on Steven Spielberg. If he’s going to make a monster hit about a shark, he’s going to have to do films about dolphins, too. Again, or else.”
(Washington Post Co.)

“Creative professionals don’t surrender their freedom of speech and freedom from coercion when they choose to make a living with their art,” the couple told CNN.


CEO's Neighbor of Kathy Griffin Lost 25%of Bonus for His Anti Gay and Griffin Tirade

 Kathy Griffin, fighter for LGBT Marriage and Jeffrey Mezger, Real Estate Mogul

 You can be a Republican and you can be an anti LGBT Republican, as a matter of fact it usually makes news when someone with a regonisable name for being a republican says they believe in equality for Gays and Lesbians. Jeffrey Mezger is probably a Republican and anti gay. It is his right to be both. What is not his right according to the people that allow him to earn lots of money is to be a loud mouth against any particular group (LGBT)or well kown person(Griffin) with a following . Why? Self explanatory, it cost money with people who follow the famous person when they refuse to buy from you and your company. Jeffrey's tirade against Kathy Griffin and Gays was professionally unjustified no matter how much this guy loves Trump and has contributed to his campaing. If he was hurt he should have given the billionaire more money or stay at the Trump Tower more. He could not do that; You see it seems Jeffrey has a bigggg😆 mouth with a big softie heart for the billioniare on a tweeting war with the other billinaire head of North Korea(with the bomb💣) I call this story the bomb. The details are very interesting:    adamfoxie*

The bonus of Jeffrey Mezger, one of the most powerful people in real estate, will be slashed by 25% after he went on an anti-gay tirade against his neighbor, comedian Kathy Griffin.

Mezger, the CEO of homebuilder KB Home, used multiple homophobic and sexist slurs against Griffin and her partner. The tirade was caught on a security camera and a two-minute clip was published on Tuesday by HuffPost.

"Let's declare war, ass---- ... Let's bring it on, you b----," Mezger said during one of the tamer parts of the security camera audio recording.
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The verbal outburst occurred last weekend after Griffin and her partner called the police to report a noise disturbance on Mezger's property.

KB Home (KBH) revealed on Thursday that its board of directors decided to cut Mezger's 2017 bonus by 25%. It warned him that a similar incident will result in his firing.
"Mr. Mezger's recent behavior in his personal dealings with a neighbor is unacceptable and a negative reflection on KB Home," the directors wrote in a filing. 

But KB Home's board, which is responsible for holding its CEO accountable, stopped short of firing Mezger, its chief executive since 2006.
The board said Mezger "has always conducted himself in a professional manner" during his tenure at the company. It also said Mezger has the "full and complete confidence" of the board.

KB Home's board is led by Dorene Dominguez, who serves as its chair. It also includes Melissa Lora, president of Taco Bell, and BET founder Robert Johnson.
Some think the board didn't go far enough.

"Any CEO who goes on that kind of a tirade deserves to be fired," said Sandra Davis, chief executive of MDA Leadership Consulting. She called the 25% bonus cut a "small slap on the wrist."
Davis, who advises companies on management issues, said KB Home's board had an opportunity to show a commitment to inclusion and diversity.

KB Home did not respond to a request for further comment.
In a statement provided to HuffPost, KB Home said Mezger apologized for "losing his temper over a supposed noise complaint involving his three young grandchildren in his swimming pool around 8 p.m. on Saturday, while they were being supervised by their mother and grandmother."
"He apologizes for the language he used," the statement said, "as it does not reflect who he is or what he believes."

Griffin was fired by CNN in May after posting a photo of a bloody head resembling that of President Trump. During the tirade, Mezger alluded to Griffin's firing from CNN, which occurred after she posted the bloody photos resembling Trump. Griffin has apologized for the incident, which Trump said the comedian "should be ashamed of herself" for.

Mezger called Griffin a "bald" anti-gay slur who Trump "kind of put the heat on."

CNNMoney (New York)

September 22, 2017

Chefs Show Free Speech as Court Decision Nears

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Bedecked in fondant and flowers, modern wedding cakes are the centerpiece of the marriage feast – an edible form of art. But are they also an expression of free speech?
This defiant creation by Tressa Wiles of Bayou Bakery features a fist.
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That's the question the Supreme Court will consider this fall, when it hears the case of a Colorado baker who refused to make a custom wedding cake for a gay couple because he said it would violate his religious beliefs.
"You'd think cake would be apolitical, and yet here we are," muses baker Catherine George of Catherine George Cakes.
She was among the Washington, D.C.-area pastry chefs who crafted 18 elaborate, tiered wedding cakes to show their support for marriage equality. Their creations were on display Tuesday night at the sixth annual Chefs for Equality in D.C., a fundraiser hosted by the Human Rights Campaign. Some 140 chefs, pastry chefs and mixologists participated in this year's event. The theme: "Who Can Resist?"
George said her cake – three tiered and adorned with white fondant molding and columns meant to echo the neoclassical architecture of the Supreme Court building – was definitely intended as a political statement.
Catherine George of Catherine George Cakes crafted this Supreme Court-inspired design.
Kelly Jo Smart/NPR
"I wanted to reference the Supreme Court case that's coming up," George says. "Which is funny, because the idea of cakes as art is part of that." She adds: "[I] strongly believe that gay people shouldn't be discriminated against when buying their wedding cake."
Public accommodation laws in Colorado and elsewhere are designed to prevent discrimination by businesses that interact with the public. Five years ago, same-sex couple David Mullins and Charlie Craig asked Colorado baker Jack Phillips to make them a custom wedding cake. Phillips refused, saying he didn't want to be compelled to use his artistic talents — his cake creativity — to celebrate an event that violated his deeply held religious beliefs. So Mullins and Craig filed civil rights charges against the baker. 
The Justice Department, under President Trump, is backing the baker. In a brief filed with the court this month, it argues that the wedding cake case is at heart about the First Amendment and the right to free expression. Acting Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall wrote:
"The government may not enact content-based laws commanding a speaker to engage in protected expression: An artist cannot be forced to paint, a musician cannot be forced to play, and a poet cannot be forced to write."
A creation from Derkje Steenblik from Bourbon Steak to symbolize "love ascending."
Kelly Jo Smart/NPR
Some of the cakes on display Tuesday were overtly political. Tressa Wiles of Bayou Bakery crafted a blue and yellow cake – the colors of the Human Rights Campaign – with a giant fist sticking out of the top in defiance. "If you like cake and dessert and want to get married or celebrate anything, you should be able to get it — as long as you pay for it, right?" Wiles told The Washington Post. She told the paper she was 100 percent in support of the Colorado couple.
Others took a more romantic approach. Derkje Steenblik, pastry chef at Bourbon Steak, in D.C.'s Four Seasons hotel, says she spent two days crafting her white-tiered cake festooned with hearts, in the colors of the rainbow, ascending to the top. "The hearts ascending," she says, "symbolize love ascending" – and presumably, conquering all.
The wedding cake displays have been a part of Chefs for Equality since the first event was held in 2012, to benefit Maryland's Question 6, the state's same-sex marriage law. The cakes were such a hit that "we decided to do it every year and theme it," says Simone Rathle, who's on the event's host committee. "And this year, because of what was happening with the Supreme Court hearing, the cakes were much more important than anything."

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