By Katelyn Baronne.
The opening of the much-anticipated Chick-fil-A was an exciting moment for what seemed like all Northwestern State students. However, in the Current Sauce issue released on January 30, Vice President of PRIDE Elliot Davis states that NSU opening a Chick-fil-A is “a slap in the face to LGBTQ+ students.”
In response to Davis’ statement, Chick-fil-A is no more a slap in the face to LGBTQ+ students than Starbucks is to pro-life students.
Café Demon, a coffee shop on campus that sells Starbucks products, opened in April of 2016. Starbucks is known for its progressive views, especially on same-sex marriage.
The company has also received some mixed responses for its open support of Planned Parenthood and multiple accusations of racism.
NSU students of all political affiliations and backgrounds still choose to buy coffee there on a regular basis.
Davis is correct that Chick-fil-A supports anti-LGBTQ+ groups. They are far from the only company that supports a certain political or social issue, though.
Another example of this is Nike’s recent advertisement of Colin Kaepernick. Some consumers were inspired by the campaign and others chose to not invest in Nike products anymore.
What’s amazing is neither side is wrong. Just as people have a right to boycott Nike, Chick-fil-A has a right to not support LGBTQ+ people and Starbucks has a right donate to Planned Parenthood.
Most importantly, this shows that consumers should stay informed about what their favorite companies support so they can choose whether they wish to support that as well.
Students should be aware of what their money is going to, but no one can tell them not to eat their waffle fries.
Photo by Cassandra Phillips.