(Mirror Daily, United States) – A tweet from Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey boasting about getting a 10% discount to a Chick-fil-A food meal triggered a tidal wave of controversy on the website about promoting the conservative company during the Pride Month.
On Saturday, Dorsey informed his Twitter followers that ordering a meal at the fast-food restaurant chain via a new app triggered a 10% discount.
The tweet was innocent in its intention, but it has somehow triggered LGBT members across the platform as the restaurant’s chief executive is known for his anti-LGBT views.
In 2012, the company’s CEO Dan T. Cathy, who happens to be the successor of the chain’s late founder, opposed gay marriage publicly. The company is also known for its many donations to conservative groups that oppose LGBT rights.
Chick-fil-A’s stance on gay marriage is spurred by the owners’ deeply held Christian views. This is why the locations are closed on Sundays.
While Dorsey has tried hard to stay away from any political controversy, his Saturday tweet was perceived as a problematic endorsement.
Journalist Soledad O’Brien was one of the first people to remind Dorsey that he just endorsed an anti-LGBT company during the Pride Month. Dorsey acknowledged that he “forgot about their background”.
Another Twitter user “kindly” asked Dorsey to “boost your head out of your ass,” while another user urged him to delete the tweet and stop it with the “free advertising.”
“Hate chicken never tasted so homophobic,” wrote Twitter user Sarah Burris, while other users accused the Twitter boss of “bigotry” and “homophobia”.
However, not everyone overreacted to Dorsey’s tweet. Other users reminded offended LGBT supporters that everyone is entitled to their own views and that following God’s principles is not a bad thing to do. “Relax, it’s just a chicken sandwich,” user TheCONNtrarian wrote.
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