Did you hear the one about the dude who made delicious fried chicken and hated gay people? That would be Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy, who said (basically) “Gays getting married angers God. Nanny nanny boo boo. Come at me bro,” thus igniting a national controversy, or at least a national internet yell session. Highlights include: the mayors of Boston and Chicago being all, “Get the fuck out of here, you prejudiced pieces of shit. We don’t want your kind here”; some free speech advocates being all, “Um, you know it’s sort of deeply disturbing to say you don’t want a company in your town based on their political or religious views”; the Boston mayor going all, “Oh yeah, um, I actually can’t deny the chicken homophobes permits”; some Chick-fil-A PR person pretending to be a girl on Facebook; and Rick Santorum going to Chick-fil-A and being all, “Mmm, fuck yes I love this chicken and I’m eating it just because I hate gays so much, you guys.” The conservative chicken fryers have been in the news before for being aggressively Christian (among other things, they’re closed on Sundays), but this gave everyone another reminder of the reactionary views of the company’s higher-ups. We know what everyone on the internet thinks about this, because they told us, but what about the normal people who go to Chick-fil-A to eat chicken? What do they think? We went to the only Chick-fil-A in New York City to ask around, but it was on the NYU campus and closed for the summer, so we ended up chatting with some passersby at random.
VICE: Hi, could I ask you a question about Chick-fil-A?
Moira: Sure, what is it?
Wait, you’ve never heard of it? It’s a fried chicken chain. Have you ever had a Chick-fil-A sandwich?
Do you know about the anti-gay controversy surrounding Chick-fil-A?
What? Do they hate gays?
They’ll hire and serve gay people, but the owner supports and gives millions to anti-gay marriage organizations. Do you think people have the right to run it out of NYC?
That’s horrible, but I don’t know if it should be run out of NY. He has the right to an opinion, even if it is ignorant. I think he has a lot of issues he needs to work out to help him as a businessman and as a person.
Hi. What do you think about Chick-fil-A?
Kenneth: Chick-fil-A is delicious. It’s closed for the summer, though.
Where do you eat when Chick-fil-A is closed?
Have you seen anyone protesting the restaurant outside of NYU?
No, why would they protest it? That chicken tastes so good. Love that chicken.
The owner supports anti-gay organizations and people want to shut it down.
I don’t think it should be shut down. Everyone is gonna say what they’re gonna say. Everyone has an opinion, but the owner not liking gay people doesn’t affect the food you’re eating, so just eat it!
Do you have an opinion about Chick-fil-A?
Angel: No, I don’t know what that is.
It’s fast food chicken. Even though the owner doesn’t discriminate directly against his employees or customers, he openly supports anti-gay organizations.
You look really hot.
Yeah, it’s 95 degrees out.
No, I don’t mean temperature.
Are you a lesbian?
I don’t know. I’ve kissed a girl and I liked it. (Begins to sing Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl and I Liked It”) I’ve never eaten someone out though. I only like the taste of my own sushi.
Yeah, you know. (Points to vagina)
Do you taste your… sushi often?
I rub it and smell my hand, or I’ll let someone eat me out and I taste it on their lips after.
Let’s get back to Chick-fil-A.
Oh, yeah. Shut it the fuck down. No room for homophobes! Did you know that eating marigolds produces the same high as cocaine?
No. See you later.
Hey, can I ask you about Chick-fil-A?
Gabriel: I don’t even know what Chick-fil-A is.
Angel: [Was nearby, interrupts] You must get a lot of pussy with that golden retriever.
Gabriel: I get a lot of cock with it.
Chick-fil-A supports anti gay causes without directly discriminating against workers or customers. Should it be run out of NYC?
Yes, Fuck the homophobes! Fuck the homophobes! Who needs em? The gay community needs to stick together.
Hey, do you like Chick-fil-A?
Brian, left: I’ve never had Chick-fil-A. What is it?
It’s a fast food chicken place that first opened in the Georgia. The owner doesn’t discriminate directly against gay customers or employees, but he does support anti-gay marriage foundations. Do you think Chick-fil-A should be shut down in New York because of this?
Yes, this is New York, it’s not the South where you can do things like that. There’s a lot of gay people here and it’s discrimination no matter how you look at it.
Can I talk to you about Chick-fil-A?
Vanessa: I’m from Salt Lake. Chick-fil-A just opened there.
Do you like their sandwiches?
I like their nuggets.
People want it out of New York because the owner is homophobic and donates millions to organizations like Focus on the Family. Do you want to see Chick-fil-A gone?
I feel like I don’t know enough about the subject to give a well-informed answer, but I think as long as he treats his employees well and he’s not out there saying slanderous things about gay people, it’s fine that he has his own opinions.
So you think it’s an issue of freedom of speech?
Yes, and you never know, the media could be making up things about this man. The media can put, dot, dot, dot between his sentences to leave out certain information to make him look like an asshole.
Do you guys like Chick-fil-A?
John: Do I like Chick-fil-A? It’s OK, but—
David: I love Chick-fil-A. It’s awesome.
Have you heard about the owners anti gay stance?
John: Yes, I’ve heard about it.
Should we kick it out of NY?
John: No, anything that’s a good business shouldn’t be driven out of a city.
David: I still think it’s awesome.
Hey, can I talk to you about Chick-fil-A?
Damini: That’s funny you’re asking me about Chick-fil-A. I’m about to film a news story on it right now. I’m the cameraman.
Sorry to tell you this, but it’s closed for the summer.
You serious? I’ve never had Chick-fil-A. What is it, a salad place?
No, it’s a chicken place. Chick-fil-A.
I take it you know about the gay controversy?
Yes I do. I think it should be allowed to stay. It’s a freedom of opinion matter and he has the right to say what he wants to say. You can’t knock a person for his beliefs, but at the same time, he should’ve been more discreet about being anti-gay, for business reasons.
Have you ever had Chick-fil-A?
Is it good?
Apparently, the owner has an anti-gay agenda. Some people want Chick-fil-A out of NY now. What do you think?
Are you a lesbian?
People should be able to do what they want without other people caring. Why does this guy care if people are gay? If I was gay I’d want to be left alone. Get him outta here.
Hey, can I ask you about Chick-fil-A?
Davia, left: Chick-fil-A? Is that a restaurant? Like, filet mignon?
It’s like KFC, but better, but also anti-gay.
How heavily does the restaurant endorse anti-gay foundations?
They’ve donated millions of dollars to anti-gay organizations.
Can gay people eat there?
Yes, the guy in charge will hire and feed gay people, since that’s the law, even though he pays organizations to abolish homosexuality.
Gay people go in there and spend their money, then that money gets donated to anti-gay organizations? So, gays are, in a way, supporting anti-gay causes?
If they eat there, yeah. But I think most gay people wouldn’t want to spend their money there.
People should keep protesting this.