You sent me a message in the middle of the night. I fell asleep and forgot about it. I still could be an asshole in regards to this discussion, but at least I’ve posted your side.
All that said… I feel like you completely changed your argument and I’m not sure how to respond. You said they were harassing the employees. Now you are talking about public etiquette. You are annoyed by public displays. A lot of people feel that way, but I still see no evidence of harassment.
Some have said that they are wrong because they are giving money to Chick-fil-A. But boycotting is an inactive form of protest. In order for it to be truly effective it needs to be sustained over a long period of time. That means you must add an active element. If you do not, the issue will be forgotten and those few weeks you went without chicken sammiches will have accomplished nothing.
There need to be visible acts of protest to build and sustain awareness. You must keep the issue in the spotlight for as long as possible. These actions you take must be noticeable.
Blog post: “Hey guys. Chick-fil-A doesn’t like gay people. Let’s all boycott them.” 4 notes
Blog post: [A picture of a bunch of gay men feeding each other waffle fries at Chick-fil-A.] 2800 notes
What is the price of awareness?
The truth is, I don’t think much will be accomplished if you aren’t willing to rustle a few feathers. This was a peaceful protest. No one was harmed. There was no hate. There was no trauma. The workers were not impeded from doing their job. It took a few people out of their comfort zone, which I think is the very base of this issue. People are uncomfortable with gay people holding hands, kissing, or god forbid… eating french fries. They use their bibles and religions to justify that feeling. Maybe we need to keep making them uncomfortable until they aren’t anymore. I’m wondering if a man wearing a neon pink thong in a pride parade is less about being gay, and more about immersion therapy for the masses.
There is also the possibility that I’m completely wrong and you are right. It’s really hard to tell until after the fact. Currently, I am of the opinion that those guys did something funny and bold and even a little brave. So I’m gonna stick up for them.
If you want to discuss this further and call me an asshole some more, then you’ll have to come off anonymous and talk to me in private.