Twitter CEO Forced To Apologize For Eating Chick-fil-A During Pride Month

June 14, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Story

Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey ignited a backlash online after revealing that he ate at Chick-fil-A this month.

On Saturday, Dorsey posted a photo on Twitter with the caption “Boost @ChickfilA,” showing he had saved 10% on a $31.58 order at the fast-food chain. A “boost” is a cashback reward Square users can earn when using a Cash Card, which is a debit card from the payment platform.

Critics immediately seized on Dorsey’s support of Chick-fil-A — whose CEO has come under fire for his views on same-sex marriage in the past — during Pride Month.

“You must love the taste of bigotry!” one person wrote in response.

“Why is Twitter boosting a notoriously anti-gay company during #PrideMonth?” another person wrote.

“Why is Twitter boosting a notoriously anti-gay company during #PrideMonth” 

“Did your meal come with a side-order of homophonic bigotry or did you pay extra for it?”

Among the critics was the former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien, who said, “This is an interesting company to boost during Pride month, @jack.”

Dorsey responded: “You’re right. Completely forgot about their background.”

The backlash shows Chick-fil-A still has lingering problems with its brand image following remarks six years ago by the company’s CEO, Dan Cathy, regarding his views on same-sex marriage.

Cathy set off a fury among gay-rights supporters in 2012 that led to nationwide protests after he told the Baptist Press that the company was “guilty as charged” for backing “the biblical definition of the family unit.”

Dorsey replied to O’Brein’s tweet stating he had forgotten about the fast food chain’s controversial statement:

“You’re right. Completely forgot about their background.”