New York Magazine effectively pushed a boycott of local Chick-fil-A restaurants Friday, suggesting that New Yorkers get their chicken sandwich fixes from a list of other eateries.
Good grief. What brought this on?
The magazine's move comes on the heels of the San Antonio International Airport announcing that it would not permit a Chick-fil-A to operate for patrons inside the facility.
The San Antonio City Council announced that it would not move forward with an airport-based Chick-fil-A because of what the council called the restaurant's "legacy of anti-LGBTQ" behaviors.
The airport based their decision, in part, on a Think Progress report which released the company's tax documents. The report said that the Christian-based company's business foundation donated more than $1.8 million to organizations considered "controversial" because of their stances on biblical marriage. Chick-fil-A issued a response after the reports were released, and condemned the spread of untruthful and biased reporting.
So, what is New York Magazine proposing?
On Friday, New York Magazine tweeted one of their articles, saying, "Here are 17 chicken sandwiches you can eat without fear that you're also, however indirectly, supporting our nation's hate-mongers."
Here are 17 chicken sandwiches you can eat without fear that you’re also, however indirectly, supporting our nation… https://t.co/k9rTWNXSyY— New York Magazine (@New York Magazine)1553239935.0
The tweet linked to a write-up titled, "The Great New York Chicken Sandwiches That Aren't From Chick-fil-A." The article, of course, listed the promised 17 chicken sandwiches that are not, in fact, from Chick-fil-A.
New York Magazine's Chris Crowley began by discussing the Think Progress report detailing the company's donations.
"A few years back, the chicken-sandwich overlords at Chick-fil-A said they were done donating to anti-LGBTQ groups," Crowley wrote. "This was welcome news to fans of the chain's food who did not also love its politics. Alas, a new report shows that as recently as 2017, the chain donated nearly $2 million to organizations with anti-LGBTQ stances."
Crowley went on to point out the organizations that received donations from the restaurant had biblical stances on sexuality and marriage.
"Though the chain is largely seen as southern, New York City also happens to be home to the chain's largest location," Crowley added. "Will the uproar affect the demand there, or at other locations in NYC? Probably not, but you have no reason to go there."
He ended by pushing other restaurant options when it comes to buying chicken sandwiches — unless, of course, you want to support "our nation's hate-mongers."
"If you're the type who likes a squishy bun with juicy chicken, you can find better sandwiches all over New York — and without the lingering aftertaste of discrimination," Crowley concluded. "Here are 17 options that you can eat without fear that you're also, however indirectly, supporting our nation's hate-mongers."
The sandwiches in Crowley's write-up range in price anywhere from $6 to $16. Just for the sandwich. The average price of all the sandwiches on the list is about $11.79.
Chick-fil-A sells their legendary chicken sandwiches starting around $3. With all the money you'd be saving by purchasing a sandwich at Chick-fil-A instead of spending a small fortune on one overpriced city sandwich, you could splurge for the waffle fries and maybe a frozen lemonade, too.