Passing The Blame And Scapegoating Over The Chick-Fil-A Epic #Fail
August 6, 2012
So the ALP (another losing protest) analysts are licking their wounds and passing the buck and blame around as to why the angst and consternation protest of Chick-Fil-A owner Dan Cathy and his view regarding same-sex marriage not only was a huge fail but a double barrel backfire upon all things gay.
As I previously wrote it amazes me how a segment of our society which demands such things as Equality and respect and tolerance can become themselves intolerant of others for their personal views, and yes it is about the First Amendment. So it is that now scapegoats are being sought for the failure of the great Chick-Fil-A protests and even the kiss-in at some restaurant locations, all of which were doomed from the start.
First up Mikey Signorile of “you want to hear de gay ya gotta pay for it” radio and head queer socialist over at Huff Post’s Gay Voices who wrote in very small part, So yes, our enemies distorted our message and reframed the story. And we allowed them to do it.
How did we allow it to happen? Because there was no coordinated effort on our side. The controversy was largely driven by blogs, social media and very loosely organized grass-roots activists, with no coordinated leadership.
In the piece at Pam’s House Blend which the above was taken from, Mikey goes on to blame HRC and its new Queer-in-Chief, Chad Griffin for not taking a more active stance in regards to the Chick-Fil-A protests and the apparent silence, including but not limited to, perish the thought, not granting Mikey an interview, At the largest LGBT group, the Human Rights Campaign, the new president, Chad Griffin, who took over in June ( an appointment I praised), hasn’t said a word about Chick-fil-A since offering a quote responding to Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy’s anti-gay comments weeks ago.
Actually, HRC has clammed Griffin up entirely. I was told by Fred Sainz, HRC’s media flack, that Griffin has “no time to waste” doing any interviews with gay media, including with me for my SiriusXM radio program and for HuffPost Gay Voices, until two and a half months into the job (September), while he’s “trying to wrap his hands around” the job (though Griffin gave puffy interviews to the AP and the Washington Post ”Style” section).
Lesson to be learned for you queers who have the desire to be part of the public domain either in politics or social action, it’s one thing to piss off a regular reporter by offering “no comment” or not being available for an interview but never, ever, piss off a broadcast drama queen. You’ll definitely be taken off the Christmas card list and be burned in infamy in rhetorical commentary.
The website EDGE put up an article about the protest which went down in flames and was because of the said attempted action a great success for Chick-Fil-A and its supporters headed up by Mike Huckabee.
“You’re not going to change a guy’s religious point of view with a boycott,” Fred Taub, president of the Cleveland-based consumer advocacy group Boycott Watch, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “The backlash more than proved that.”
So after all is said and done what exactly has been accomplished by trying to take on Dan Cathy and his alleged anti-gay corporation. Well I thinks cows can continue to rest easy as folks aren’t going to give up their chicken sandwiches and yet again de gay have themselves become their opposition incarnate.
Chose your battles wisely children and before looking for scapegoats take a look first in the mirror.