Famous internet person Antoine Dodson (“Hide Yo’ Kids, Hide Yo’ Wife“) is unfazed by Chick-fil-A’s anti-equality stance. “I don’t care about one person’s, you know, opinion or how they feel. If that’s they way they feel, that’s fine,” Dodson said while sipping from a polystyrene Chick-fil-A cup—presumably filled with diet lemonade—in a youtube video uploaded July 25. “Chick-fil-A makes good meals and I eat there quite frequently,” continued the openly gay internet celebrity. “If I want to have a Chick-fil-A sandwich, I’m gonna have the Chick-fil-A sandwich. So, you can run and tell that.” Cue the uproar.
In an attempt to clarify his thoughts Dodson later posted another video to his youtube account. “I did not know that this subject hurt, you know, was like heartfeeling for people because they have like beliefs and things,” he began, “But let me tell you about beliefs, sweetie. When you have your beliefs you’re supposed to follow your beliefs, you’re not supposed to follow what somebody else think or what their beliefs is because you’re not focused on your beliefs.” True enough.
After schooling his 100,000 YouTube followers as to what constitutes a “belief,” Dodson reiterated his rights as a gay American, claiming the matter doesn’t affect him personally. In addition to his freedom to do “this and that,” he claims his rights as a gay man to buy a car and live wherever he chooses.
Unfortunately, Dodson failed to mention that most states do not not factor sexual orientation or gender identity into housing non-discrimination laws. And while Dodson can’t get married where he currently resides, he’s willing to take a trip. “If I wanted to get married in the U.S., there are plenty of states I could get married to. It doesn’t have to be the one that I’m living in,” he said. “I like to travel anyway.”
“The people at the restaurants are sweet, and they greet me kindly,” said Dodson, “If we stop coming, them hardworking employees in that building no longer have jobs.” Dodson may have found the answer to America’s unemployment crisis, but it seems he falls short in terms of grasping the impact certain beliefs—like those held by those like Chick-fil-A president and COO Dan Cathy—have on gay americans. Yet Dodson maintains he’s “not supporting the hatin’ man in charge,” but rather “them hard workers in the kitchen.”
Also surely supporting the workers, former governor and failed presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has declared August 1st National Eat Chick-fil-A Day. In response, activists declared August 3rd National Same-Sex Kiss At Chick-fil-A Day.