Chick-fil-A Recalls Jim Henson Company Toys Amid Gay Marriage Squabble
The southern-fried fast food chain is in a war of sorts with the puppet studio and production house, which objected to its anti-gay marriage stance.
This is no mere game of chicken.
Last Friday, The Jim Henson Company announced that it was severing its relationship with Chick-fil-A over the fast food chain's activist opposition to same sex marriage, writing on its own Facebook page that it would donate any profits from its Creature Shop Puppet Kids Meal toy partnership to GLAAD. Now, Chick-fil-A is striking back -- kind of.
Earlier this week, the restaurant pulled the toys outright, but instead of citing the political friction, Chick-Fil-A framed it as a safety issue.
"We apologize for any inconvenience but as of 7/19/2012 Chick-fil-A has voluntarily recalled all of the Jim Henson's Creature Shop Puppet Kids Meal toys due to a possible safety issue," the company posted in counter-top signs at its various locations. "Please be advised that there have not been any cases in which a child has actually been injured, however there have been some reports of children getting their fingers stuck in the holes of the puppets. We are offering a substitution of a complimentary kids Icedream cone in its place until a replacement toy is available. Thank you."
When asked, a rep for Chick-fil-A told Business Insider that the recall had nothing to do with Friday's Henson announcement.
The Jim Henson Company declined comment when contacted by The Hollywood Reporter.
Meanwhile, Boston mayor Thomas Menino has vowed to keep his city Chick-fil-A-free, while radio host and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is holding a Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day to show support for the chain's anti-gay marriage stance.