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The Jim Henson Company Breaks Its Rainbow Connection With Chick-fil-A

Above: Kermit the Frog expressing disbelief at Chick-fil-A's political beliefs.
Above: Kermit the Frog expressing disbelief at Chick-fil-A's political beliefs.
Via: Fernando de Sousa/Flickr

After a week of high-profile condemnation for Chick-fil-A's CEO's public stance on gay marriage, the hits just keep on coming. The most recent defection is the Muppet's own Jim Henson Company, which announced via Facebook that it would be forming no new partnerships with Chick-fil-A because of the company's stance on gay marriage. As an added twist of the knife, the message said that Jim Henson Company CEO Lisa Henson, Jim Henson's own daughter, was a strong supporter of gay rights. She has directed her company to send any future payments received from Chick-fil-A directly to GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) as a donation.

A Muppet fan website indicated that the Jim Henson Company had previously partnered with Chick-fil-A to run a promotion called "Jim Henson's Creature Shop Toys." All mention of this promotion has since vanished from the Chick-fil-A webpage.

The Jim Henson Company's defection comes after The Office star Ed Helms tweeted his own disapproval: "Chick-fil-A doesn't like gay people? So lame. Hate to think what they do to the gay chickens! Lost a loyal fan." Shortly after that, Boston mayor Thomas Menino also came out against Chick-Fil-A, saying that he would refuse to grant business permits to the company until the company changed its public stance on the matter. Menino previously has used a similar tactic to block a Walmart expansion into the city.

At the same time, several groups are joining ranks behind Chick-fil-A and its public anti-gay stance. Radio personality and former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has used his radio show to rally people to eat at Chick-fil-A on Wednesdays in response to the boycotts. National Eat at Chick-fil-A Day is set to kick off on July 25.

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