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On Ald. Moreno, Chick-fil-A, and being angry on the Internet

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July 25, 2012|Ernest Wilkins | RedEye

(Before I go forward, let me address something. There are a lot of people on the Internet with nothing to do. Thus when something happens in the news, they feel the need to make broad sweeping tweets and craft rambling-ass blog posts about "their take" on whatever is going on. These people are the worst and shoud be shot from cannons. This post is a very calculated attempt to not be that.)

I love me some Chick-fil-A.

Seriously, it used to be a bonafide treat for me when I visited my grandma down south. I ate it in college and when I lived in Atlanta regularly. I was at the Chick-fil-A Bowl two years ago when the CEO of the company played the Star-Spangled Banner on a trumpet (as he is want to do, apparently). I've written in this paper about my love for Chick-fil-A and vigorusly defended it to people who say it's just a chicken sandwich. It's f**king delicious.

Sadly, it's over for all of that.

It would be straight disrespectful if I willingly gave dough to someone who made active steps to harm people I care about. My gay homies and les-bros are all quality human beings, and I love them. Is a spicy chicken combo with waffle fries worth hurting that? Nope.

Simple, right? I'm not the only one who feels this way apparently, as my alderman puts his foot down and says Chick-fil-A isn't coming to our neck of the woods anytime soon. While it's the right thing to say and do, it's also kinda corny to do now that every public official and their third cousin is decrying Chick-fil-A, but, whatever, he's on the side of right. I just wish more politicians took stands on things before they needed to. 

Here's what I'm annoyed about. This will be another in a long line of Internet anger. We're going to get riled up on this particular issue, Chick-fil-A will hire a crisis PR firm and do a bunch of videos and photos of gay people making out in their restaurants (I SINCERELY hope someone takes me up on that idea) and we'll move on to a new dragon to slay, like a comedian being an a-hole or some old guy saying he doesn't believe that the moon is real. Or maybe another KONY? That was a fun 3 1/2 days.

Can I make a suggestion? Don't let this be it. Do research on what you're buying. If someone is funding something immoral, then stop giving them your money. Start here. Or here. It doesn't make you a hipster to make conscious spending choices.

Also, instead of making a snarky Facebook post when someone is being a hateful dick, use that public school education and have a discussion with someone who doesn't agree with you. You may not change their mind but you did something. There's nothing more annoying than someone crowing to a bunch of people who already agree with them. Shake it up.

Now if you need me, I'll be over here learning to cook. 

Ernest Wilkins is Chicago's wingman.

erwilkins@tribune.com | @ernestwilkins

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