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‘New Yorker’ Columnist: Chick-Fil-A Is Evil And Must Be Banned From Our Holy City

On Friday, The New Yorker honed in on a serious threat to the lives of all New Yorkers: the arrival of Chick-Fil-A in their homey little corner of the universe. In a 1400-word diatribe titled “Chick-Fil-A’s Creepy Infiltration of New York City,” one Dan Piepenring wrote that New Yorkers should not accept the intrusion of a popular restaurant serving chicken because the owner happens to be a religious Christian. “The air smelled fried,” Piepenring wrote, ominously.

“New York has taken to Chick-fil-A…And yet the brand’s arrival here feels like an infiltration, in no small part because of its pervasive Christian traditionalism.” What signs are there of this incipient theocracy? Its Atlanta corporate headquarters – not its New York store or any of its other stores – has Bible verses and a statue of Jesus, and its stores close on Sundays. That’s it.

But the mere whiff of Jesus means that New York must cast out Chick-fil-A like a leper, and that those who refuse to do so have succumbed to the blasphemous entreaties of the Midianites. “When a location opened in a Queens mall, in 2016, Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed a boycott. No such controversy greeted the opening of this newest outpost. Chick-fil-A’s success here is a marketing coup. Its expansion raises questions about what we expect from our fast food, and to what extent a corporation can join a community,” Piepenring rants.

And insultingly, Chick-fil-A seeks to build community, using the word in its marketing, he complains. “This emphasis on community, especially in the misguided nod to 9/11, suggests an ulterior motive. The restaurant’s corporate purpose still begins with the words ‘to glorify God,’ and that proselytism thrums below the surface of the Fulton Street restaurant, which has the ersatz homespun ambiance of a megachurch.”

Are workers forced to sing hymns as they work? Are they required to worship while they work? Not at all. No, the problem is that Chick-fil-A’s VP of restaurant experience told BuzzFeed that they want their employees to be efficient but “feel like you just got hugged in the process.”

The horror!

But the real gods of Chick-fil-A are – no joke – “The Cows.” According to Piepenring:

It’s impossible to overstate the role of the Cows—in official communiqués, they always take a capital “C”—who are displayed in framed portraits throughout the Fulton Street location. If the restaurant is a megachurch, the Cows are its ultimate evangelists. Since their introduction in the mid-nineties—when they began advising Atlanta motorists to “eat mor chikin”—they’ve remained one of the most popular, and most morbid, advertising campaigns in fast-food history, crucial to Chick-fil-A’s corporate culture. S. Truett Cathy, the chain’s founder and Dan Cathy’s late father, saw them as a tool to spread the gospel of chicken…It’s worth asking why Americans fell in love with an ad in which one farm animal begs us to kill another in its place.

Um, because it’s kind of funny, and acknowledges a basic truth? And because every company in America has some sort of slogan or marketing gimmick? Will Piepenring next go after the Hamburgler or Ronald MacDonald, or the lady from the Progressive commercials?

But no, it’s more sinister:

Most restaurants take pains to distance themselves from the brutalities of the slaughterhouse; Chick-fil-A invites us to go along with the Cows’ Schadenfreude. In the portraits at the Fulton Street restaurant, the Cows visit various New York landmarks. They’re in Central Park, where “eat mor chikin” has been mowed into the lawn. They’re glimpsing the Manhattan Bridge from Dumbo, where they’ve modified a stop sign: “stop eatin burgrz.” They’re on the subway, where the advertisements . . . you get the picture. The joke is that the Cows are out of place in New York—a winking acknowledgment that Chick-fil-A, too, does not quite belong here.

Yes, it doesn’t belong here because New York restaurants ought not be chain restaurants, either. The dirty sidewalk shops must never bear a corporate brand, serve fast food, or be cleaned regularly by staff:

No matter how well such restaurants integrate into the “community,” they still venerate a deadening uniformity. Homogeneous food is comfort food, and chains know that their primary appeal is palliative. With ad after ad, and storefront after storefront, they have the resources to show that they’ve always been here for us, and recent trends indicate that we prefer them over anything new or untested.

But what of the fact that Chick-fil-A donates literally tons of food to the New York Common Pantry and employs hundreds of people? That’s just because they’re trying to cover for their evil capitalism:

The more fatalistic will add that hypocrisy is baked, or fried, into every consumer experience—that unbridled corporate power makes it impossible to bring your wallet in line with your morals. Still, there’s something especially distasteful about Chick-fil-A, which has sought to portray itself as better than other fast food: cleaner, gentler, and more ethical, with its poultry slightly healthier than the mystery meat of burgers. Its politics, its décor, and its commercial-evangelical messaging are inflected with this suburban piety.

Want to know why Trump won? Because not only will he eat Chick-fil-A, but because he doesn’t scorn companies just because their owners happen to believe the crazy Biblical notions that undergird Western civilization.

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36 Comments

36 Comments

  1. paulette

    April 15, 2018 at 1:45 am

    SOME PEOPLE HAVE JUST FLAT OUT LOST THEY’RE MINDS

    • Charlene

      April 15, 2018 at 6:39 am

      AMEN!!!

      • Karen

        April 16, 2018 at 5:28 pm

        TRUE!!

    • Randall Spores

      April 15, 2018 at 8:20 am

      They can’t lose what they didn’t have in the first place. All that we can do for them now is Pray that some how that they can find a path to JESUS and from there to GOD before it is too late. Amen.

      • Shelba J Holmes

        April 15, 2018 at 3:32 pm

        Amen

      • Victor Chamoun

        April 16, 2018 at 1:30 am

        You got that so right brother!!

      • Karen

        April 16, 2018 at 5:28 pm

        AMEN!!

  2. Rebecca Mitchell

    April 15, 2018 at 2:42 am

    Wow, just wow, I can’t believe what I just read. What an idiot, just because they are Christian and let their employees off every Sunday they don’t deserve to be in New York City. I say New York is lucky to have them, nice clean restaurants with good food instead of nasty grimey looking hole in the wall restaurants. If you don’t like don’t eat there but quit with the Christian phobia crap…..sheesh……

    • Karen

      April 16, 2018 at 5:29 pm

      AGREED!!

  3. Michael T

    April 15, 2018 at 3:01 am

    New Your is a ‘Holy City’? In what universe?

    • Shelba J Holmes

      April 15, 2018 at 3:34 pm

      Have you ever heard anything more insane in your entire life?

    • Linda Bethel

      April 16, 2018 at 4:19 am

      New York is the least Holy city in the world.

  4. Bill

    April 15, 2018 at 3:02 am

    I am 100% atheist and I am absolutely dumbfounded by this idiocy

  5. Barbara

    April 15, 2018 at 3:32 am

    Chick Filet does have good food. I used to eat at the one in North Charleston, SC when I lived down there. The Holy City is Charleston, SC, Mr. Communist DeBlasio, not New York City. I now live in NY where I was born and raised and wish they’d build one up here near Newburgh, N.Y. Beats eating McDonald’s slime. And yea, they are Christians !!

  6. Barbara

    April 15, 2018 at 3:34 am

    Chick Fil A

  7. Ron

    April 15, 2018 at 3:47 am

    New York Politicians are “freakin” crazy, almost as bad as California’s one of the reasons I left NY almost 50 years ago. Along with the pot holes, snow fall and taxes ! I do miss it and would go back there to retire, where I grew up, up state, if it weren’t for the politicians.

  8. John Campbell

    April 15, 2018 at 3:51 am

    LOL
    Is this stuff for real?! Do we actually have mental cases who want to subscribe an air of a secret society connected to Chick-Fil-A? An undertow pinning of the Knights Templar perhaps weaving a web of deception to convert people to eating more chicken than beef? Oh, the humanity. Someone call PETA! :oD

  9. Al

    April 15, 2018 at 4:10 am

    God doesn’t need to perform a miracle in New York, just give them a flipping clue…

    • Deplorable Me

      April 15, 2018 at 2:01 pm

      That WOULD require a miracle. lol

    • Karen

      April 16, 2018 at 5:30 pm

      You would have THOUGHT that 911 would have done it, but NO!!

  10. Rahn Lawson

    April 15, 2018 at 4:29 am

    Eating Chick-Fil-A every day will put a song and a smile in your heart 🙂

  11. Henry Sammy

    April 15, 2018 at 4:51 am

    Aside from the good food, I find workers at Chick-Fil-A are really happy & treat their customers as family

  12. Charlene

    April 15, 2018 at 6:45 am

    See … the thing is … there’s nothing distasteful at Chick Fil A.
    The food is excellent, from the sandwich to the salads. The service is top notch, not because employees are told to be Christian like, but because they’re taught to smile, and say, “My pleasure” to customers they’ve served.
    I worked at Chick Fil A, and I can tell you they never told me to go to church on Sunday, only that they are closed on Sundays to provide the opportunity for those who do.
    That store has a gay manager now.
    I had never even eaten at a Chick Fil A before I worked there, but I’m a customer for life now. When others are going through McD’s, I’m in line at Chick Fil A!
    Oh, and not only do I love the cows, I’ve been one of those cows! ♥

  13. Larry S. Buchanan Jr.

    April 15, 2018 at 8:06 am

    New Yorkers need to get over themselves. New York is a cesspool, and a symbol for what’s wrong in our nation. They should be applauding positive influences, and prove their claims of ‘tolerance’, instead of stupidly revealing their actual intolerance!

    • Victor Chamoun

      April 16, 2018 at 1:37 am

      NYC Is what’s wrong with our country. And calling it a cesspool would be a complement! Living under communist rule must make most people in that state sick.

  14. tony

    April 15, 2018 at 8:09 am

    The best service of Fast Food anywhere – bar none! Wonderful homey feeling and the pleasantness of the staff – and this has been true in any number of States where I’ve eaten a meal – are exceptional. That Chic-Fil-A closes on Sunday and still thrives is proof that success need not come as the expense of one’s convictions. They guy who wrote this negative article is the real fanatic and source of evil!

  15. Andre

    April 15, 2018 at 9:32 am

    GO TO HELL NY….SOON ….AND DEBLASI-HO BITCH !!

  16. Jim Bello

    April 15, 2018 at 10:37 am

    OMG ,NEW YORK A HOLY CITY ? Dan Piepenring A COLUMNIST? Bill de Blasio a MAYOR? Where did this clown Piepenring come from? Piepenring should be fired from “New Yorker” magazine, and the magazine should be BOYCOTTED.This misfit is starving for a stage to perform on, in hopes of gaining recognition, a name in lights or some type of badge for his ignorant sarcasm.Bill de Blasio idea of running NY city, are nothing more than a compilation of his pathetic brainstorms.Both these men somehow slipped through Rudy Guiliani’s major cleanup of derelicts, scumbags, and lowlifes.Articles written by real columnist are be about the uplifting success story of Chic-Fil-A. Their pure product of non processed chicken, and their brilliant advertising, not the founders’ religion. GO CHIC-FIL-Aall the other chains are FOLLOWING!!!

  17. Tony Taylor

    April 15, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    I’m still dumbfounded that they believe their city to be “Holy”.

  18. Deplorable Me

    April 15, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    Can’t wait to visit family in Oklahoma this summer. Chick-fil-A is on the top of my list of must eat at places! I support them! If the democrats were so upset by brutality, then they would NOT support planned parenthood, blm, the welfare state that they have shoved down the throats of the poor in this country (there has to be a better way to help) nor putting the safety of the American public behind the needs of the illegal (Yup you heard me right – ILLEGAL) invaders to this country.

  19. Stuart Nuss

    April 15, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    Just more evidence that Liberalism IS a mental disease.

  20. SBaker

    April 15, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    Are you folks sure that DEE BLAZING SADDLE did not author this idiot article. Give him credit, he got elected because of his inclusiveness no doubt. Stupid is as stupid does!!!

  21. Nick

    April 15, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    Deep State is everywhere!!! The liberal demoncrat Nazi’s party at work here!!!!!!!!!!!!Don’t forget the RINOs they’re just as bad! Drain the rat infested Swamp ASAP, President Trump!

  22. Karen Krasneski

    April 15, 2018 at 9:04 pm

    I didn`t know that New York city was HOLY,WOW.

  23. Louise

    April 15, 2018 at 10:35 pm

    Dan Piepenring is crazier than an outhouse rat. He needs to join Satan in the very depths of Hell, and stay there. What a moron! And anyone who buys into that crap should go with him

  24. Mandy

    April 17, 2018 at 2:38 am

    Another unhinged Lefty. Please remember to get out and vote at every election so we don’t have nuts like this dictating to us their craze hatred of Jesus as well as you.

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