Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Money | By Ralph Mccoy

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Blasted For Patronizing Chick-Fil-A

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Blasted For Patronizing Chick-Fil-A

The outcry began after Dorsey, 41, shared in a Twitter post that he received a 10 percent discount by making a payment through Chick-fil-A's app.

Journalist Soledad O'Brien, whose show Matter of Fact with Soledad O'Brien is nationally syndicated, pointed out in a tweet that Dorsey's support for the restaurant chain was particularly ironic during Pride month.

Dorsey issued an apology for the purchase at the restaurant, telling O'Brien: "You're right".

"Please delete this or follow up with how much free advertising you're going to give GLAAD", tweeted @EricaJoy.

Dorsey made a payment to a Chick-fil-A restaurant on Saturday
Dorsey made a payment to a Chick-fil-A restaurant on Saturday

Plucky users on his own social media site were quick to remind Dorsey that Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy is a known critic of gay marriage, saying in 2012 that his eatery supported "the biblical definition of the family unit" and that marriage equality was "inviting God's judgment" on the US. Wrote one user: "Their background". You mean their late CEO being a Christian?

Another user also responded to Dorsey, telling him to relax - it's just a sandwich. The Twitter CEO responded to O'Brien expressing regret. The company has made great efforts to engage urban audiences, doing remarkably well in New York City even against the mayor's call for a boycott. Many accused Dorsey of aiding Chick-fil-A's alleged bigotry.

"Why is Twitter boosting a notoriously anti-gay company during #PrideMonth?" another person wrote. Some also tweeted links to an article written by a campus gay rights activist about the "respectful, enduring communication and built trust" between he and Cathy in recent years and complained about the hyper-politicization of today's world. "Not everything is about politics or religion or someone else's overly sensitive feelings".

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