Getty ImagesI guess the saturation of the Chick-fil-A controversy/reaction is about as thorough as it can get now that we'll be discussing it on an NFL blog. Lions linebacker Justin Durant made it so.
How, you ask? He said on Twitter that he'd still eat at Chick-fil-A even if the owner said he supported slavery.
Now, I know that "Chick-fil-A" and "slavery" were just in the same sentence on the Internet, but please, try to keep the contents of your brain inside your cranium. It'll be OK. We'll go through a string of Justin Durant tweets from Wednesday, one by one, and see how we got here.
What happened w/ Chick-Fil-A?
So evidently, Justin Durant is not a regular watcher of the news. That's OK. News is overrated. Someone filled him about the fast food chain's chief operation officer's comments condemning gay marriage, so Durant, now armed with information, was ready to comment.
Chick-Fil-A not even open on Sunday how people shocked that the owner feels that way?
A perfectly reasonable question.
So people not gon get the best chicken sammich and lemonade on the planet because of a personal belief? Word?
Word. That's exactly what people are doing. Some people see it as one COO's personal belief, some people see it as hate speech, but yes, there's been quite a reaction. Many people are, in fact, giving up the much-heralded sammich.
And then someone compared the situation to slavery, because this is the Internet, and that's what people on the Internet do. Here comes the money tweet.
Chicken too tasty RT @ThatStatBoy: @JDurant52 Would you boycott Chick Fil A if the owner came out and said slavery was a good idea?
I'd urge patience with Justin Durant. Don't get mad at him. He doesn't really value the taste of fried chicken sandwiches more than he does a human being's right to be free. I promise you, he doesn't.
If you want to get mad at someone, get mad at the guy who brought slavery into a Twitter/chicken conversation. Maybe it's just me, but I'm going to say that it's asking a lot of a guy to be able to close his eyes and imagine, accurately, what it would be like if slavery existed in 2012 and the world's favorite purveyor of chicken sandwiches embraced it with all his heart.
Get mad at the guy who thinks this controversy equates to slavery. Get mad at the guy who thinks it's productive to hash these issues out 140 characters at a time. Justin Durant is just a young dude who likes chicken and Twitter. Maybe he's not as socially conscious as some would like him to be, but is that a crime?
Durant took a day off of Twitter, then came back Friday morning with these tweets, which I think were just about perfect:
*looks left* *looks right*
Is it safe for me in these streets?
Logged on to like 50 mentions n my heart dropped lmao
People always looking for something to be mad about
Stress will kill you so just relax sometimes, it's not that serious
I wouldn't dream of telling you who you should back in the conflict between the chicken-hustling, anti-gay COO and the people who think restaurant chains should be shut down because some dude can't wrap his head around the idea of a couple of dudes kissing. That's your call.
If you do care about gay rights and marriage equality, though, you can probably find a more productive way to spend your time than yelling at chicken sellers. Asking linebackers to imagine how they'd react if the same chicken seller supported slavery might also not be a great use of your time.
Gracias, Sportress of Blogitude.