As many of you have seen, popular political pundits called for a Chick fil A day yesterday. And so it was.
I don’t intend to jump on the political commentary bandwagon. There are a few important things I need to address since my last post on the subject linked here.
1. The PR dude died. I don’t know or care about the cause but I am sympathetic. You see, good PR guys care very deeply about the organization they represent. Often their bosses and organization members do things to tarnish the reputation of the brand, despite our [PR guys] advice or tireless preparation. We take the organization’s reputation personally because it’s our job to and we believe in it. If PR guys don’t care and believe in their brand, they should leave- good PR is real.
2. My family attended CFA day. Not because we are opposed to same sex marriage, because we are in favor of non-government agencies being able to represent their own values. I don’t want to live in a country where values that are in opposition to the accepted norm are forced into silence by the government or anyone else. Yeah, I got the thousands of comparisons in retort… bottom line, if you are personally opposed to the beliefs of a product or company, just don’t buy it.
Unfortunately, if I was their PR guy, I would have advised the President not to make that statement. I would have coached him to dance around the issue; my best bosses never listened to that advice.
Anyway, I hope the people that waited in the lines today explained to their kids that it’s a lot less about disliking gays than it is about everyone being allowed to have a belief and practice that within the law and their rights- without the fear of government intervention.
…and it’s a little bit about the shakes too.
Another good Wiki read here, outline the issue and some local government’s illegal response.