Chick-fil-A cow portrays anti-gay message on sign
Published: Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Updated: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 00:02
An unknown person has placed signs on telephone poles near Chestnut Street depicting the Chick-fil-A cow mascot as anti-gay.
The signs parody the fast food chain's motto "Eat Mor Chikin," with the cow holding a sign saying "Hate Mor Gay People."
The messages could be a response to recent media attention in which an affiliate of the restaurant made donations to organizations with anti-gay stances.
Julia Hall, vice president of the Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Mountaineers, said the group had no idea of the signs prior to Monday, and she was not sure if the fliers sympathize with anti-gay or pro-gay movements.
It was announced last summer that West Virginia University signed a contract with the company for the installation of the restaurant in the Mountainlair, which will be opened sometime in February or March.
Hall said BiGLTM members have discussed the issue of boycotting the company, but their opinions are divided on support or opposing the addition in the Mountainlair.
"While we're against
anti-gay statements, there isn't enough support among us to oppose them on campus," Hall said.
The Morgantown Police Department was not previously aware of the signs and sent officers to inspect them Monday. Police dispatchers said the signs could be considered hate crimes depending on charges made by the court, if the company or a person who made the signs is found.
Representatives from Chick-fil-A were not available to comment at press time.
WVU chose to put Chick-fil-A in the Mountainlair after a survey taken three years ago indicated students liked it.
Some universities have had student groups rebel against the presence of the chain on campuses since a Pennsylvania Chick-fil-A outlet lent support to pro-heterosexual marriage seminars.
The president of Chick-fil-A, Dan Cathy, released statements in which he said the company was not endorsing the seminars, merely providing food to them.
A student group at Indiana University's campus in South Bench successfully persuaded their university to ban Chick-fil-A products briefly, according to a New York Times article.
On Feb. 1, the university's chancellor invited Chick-fil-A to return to campus.
New York University's student gay advocates group decided not to boycott Chick-fil-A because it would be "hypocritical" to not look at other companies, the article said. NYU student's also voted for Chick-fil-A in a taste test to be put into a dining hall.