Hollywood Chick-fil-A Owner on Anti-Gay Comments: 'Those Were His Personal Views'
The nationwide backlash from Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy's controversial comments regarding homosexuality and same-sex marriage has been particularly strong in Los Angeles and especially in the entertainment industry. Celebrities, like The Office's Ed Helms, have denounced the Georgia-based fast food chain's comments, and the Jim Henson Company publicly severed all ties with Chick-fil-A. Now, the company is feeling the heat from the actual neighborhood of Hollywood.
Jeremiah Cillpam, the owner of the Chick-fil-A Hollywood location on the corner of Sunset and Highland, issued a letter on Facebook today attempting to create some distance between him and the company. He writes:
We strive to ensure that every guest receives amazing food and service regardless of belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender... I know that some of our guests are upset by comments made by Dan Cathy, president of Chick-fil-A Inc. He has made it clear to me those were his personal views, and that his intent was not to speak on behalf of every Chick-fil-A owner. We hope those who are upset will look at their relationship with our restaurant, The Hollywood Chick-fil-A, and allow us to continue to serve them.
Is Cillpam's letter a genuine olive branch to a neighborhood that's long been hostile to his company's anti-gay outlook? Or is it a cynical move to placate protestors into putting down the signs and picking up the chicken strips? Let us know in the comments section!