Latest Chick-Fil-A Scandal Smears the Berenstain Bears' Good Names
New Kids' Meals Offer Book Promoting Company's Christian Agenda
Turns out when you act inappropriately political and preachy, no one wants to be your friend. That's the lesson fast food chain Chick-Fil-A is learning in the wake of its public stance against same-sex marriage.
The Jim Henson Company, you see - makers of the Creature Shop Toys Chick-Fil-A used to pack in its kids' meals - recently announced it was boycotting the corporation due to its homophobic attitude. (Chick-Fil-A's classy response? It was they who were cutting ties with the Jim Henson Company based on the fact the toys were "a safety hazard.")
The toys have now been replaced with another childhood favorite: A Berenstain Bears book. But not just any book, one that promotes the bible's Golden Rule of "Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do To You."
Harper Collins, publisher of The Berenstain Bears, says the partnership with Chick-Fil-A had been in the works for over a year and it was never their intention to get caught up in the company's current controversy or promote their conservative agenda. They even issued a statement urging the public not to blame the book's beloved authors.
"The Berenstain family does not at this time have control over whether this program proceeds or not," the statement read. "We hope those concerned about this issue will direct their comments toward HarperCollins and Chick-Fil-A."
Sounds like these days, Chick-Fil-A's kids meal program is finding a lot less people in the sandbox willing to play with them - maybe, just maybe if they subscribed to the golden rule ...