The president of Chick-fil-A apparently issued a message consistent with the fast-food chain’s notorious controversial opposition to equal rights to his 40,500 followers yesterday, Speakeasy reports. Following yesterday’s historic Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage, Dan Cathy tweeted the message: “Sad day for our nation; founding fathers would be ashamed of our gen. to abandon wisdom of the ages re: cornerstone of strong societies.” The tweet was quickly deleted, and meanwhile, the flub drew attention to the fact that the chain is now looking to open its first bona fide New York City location.
It’s looking a lot like Chick-fil-A may be headed downtown.
The chain has been trying to scrub its public image following reports it has funded groups that oppose gay marriage. And while it was deleted, the chain did not deny its president had written the unambiguously hateful tweet. “Dan Cathy, like everyone in this country,”a spokesperson told The Wall Street Journal, “has his own views. However, Chick-fil-A is focused on providing great tasting food and genuine hospitality to everyone.”
Update: A rep for Chick-fil-A sends Grub Street a statement indicating that Cathy deleted the tweet on purpose: “He realized his views didn’t necessarily represent the views of all customers, restaurant owners and employees and didn’t want to distract them from providing a great restaurant experience.”