Daily Show takes on Chick-fil-A’s ‘million mouth march’

By David Ferguson
Friday, August 3, 2012 8:40 EDT
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Jon Stewart on Chick-fil-A
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Thursday night on “The Daily Show,” host Jon Stewart examined the controversy around “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.” The national day of fast food consumption, which Stewart called a “million mouth march,” was inspired by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s decision to support the controversial chicken chain’s stance on LGBT issues.

“What better way to stand up and say ‘I oppose gay people’s right to get married’ than to head down to a Chick-fil-A, grab a-hold of two buttery buns, split ‘em open and gobble down some of that hot, greasy cock?” Stewart quipped.

“Finally,” he said, “a form of activism that Americans can embrace, affecting social change by eating a fast food sandwich.”

Which, to Stewart’s ears, sounded like a fairly conventional culture war skirmish, until three liberal mayors decided to ban Chick-fil-A from their cities. The host pointed out that if mayors are going to block Chick-fil-A on the basis that its anti-LGBT values aren’t compatible with your city’s, then you’re going to have to kick out all the churches, too.

In the end, though, he said that if this is the culmination of the culture war, “Maybe everybody walks away a winner.” Conservatives get to have their say by way of an ultimately meaningless gesture of protest and LGBT people get same sex marriage, while all their opponents get is Type II diabetes.

Watch the clip, embedded in two parts via Comedy Central, below:

Part One:

Part Two:

David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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