Target: The Jim Henson Company’s CEO, Lisa Henson
Goal: To thank the Jim Henson Company for taking a stand against intolerance and encourage its leaders to make similar future decisions.
If Chick-fil-A was banking on the support of Ms. Piggy and Kermit the Frog, it had better start looking elsewhere. The Jim Henson Company, which started in 1958 when a certain puppeteer named Jim Henson created The Muppets, has officially ended its partnership with the homophobic fast food chain. Tell CEO Lisa Henson and the leaders of this company that this move is surely a step in the right direction.
Due to a large outcry from LGBT blogs, the Chick-fil-A controversy has been a heated topic in recent months. And it just keeps getting worse for the restaurant: Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy told the Baptist Press that same-sex marriage will result in “God’s judgment on our nation.” He is a self-proclaimed proponent of “traditional marriage.”
According to gay and lesbian news website LGBTQNation, Cathy has donated millions to organizations opposed to LGBT rights. LGBTQNation reports that the Jim Henson Company formerly allowed Chick-fil-A to include Creature Shop toys in its kids meals.
Now, the Jim Henson Company, in a brave show of support for the LGBT community, will make a donation to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).
“We have notified Chick-Fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors,” read a statement on the Jim Henson Company’s Facebook page. “Lisa Henson, our CEO, is personally a strong supporter of gay marriage and has directed us to donate the payment we received from Chick-Fil-A to GLAAD.”
By signing the petition below, you will stand strong with the Jim Henson Company’s support for human rights.
Dear Jim Henson Company CEO Lisa Henson,
We applaud your recent decision to end your business partnership with Chick-fil-A. At the helm of this fast food chain sits President Dan Cathy, who has claimed that same-sex marriage will incite “God’s judgment on our nation.” This stance is misguided, hateful, and potentially harmful to impressionable LGBT youth.
Gays and lesbians deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. However, Chick-fil-A’s homophobic attitudes hinder progress and hurt the LGBT community.
Thank you for your efforts to ensure that your company is on the right side of history. Please continue your support in the future.
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