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D.L. Hughley Pens Letter to Chick-fil-A

America’s social climate — and it’s fast-food industry — were rocked last month after Chick-fil-A’s unapologetic president, Dan Cathy, took a public stance against gay marriage and called any of its supporters “arrogant” in the face of God. In the wake of his comments, fans, critics and stars alike have rallied in droves to either support the chicken chain or burn the proverbial coop. But a surprising voice has now come forward to share his personal story of disappointment in Chick-fil-A — D.L. Hughley.

In a witty and candid open letter posted on the Huffington Post, Hughley delves into the origins of his love for Chick-fil-A, comparing his love for the chicken franchise to a long-term relationship with a woman. But in the letter, Hughley explains that Chick-fil-A’s bitter, anti-gay marriage stance has soured the relationship and that they must now part ways.

“But baby, lately you’ve been doing me dirty. You’ve been speaking with a forked tongue, spewing hate instead of frying love. Who would have thought that a chicken sandwich would become a symbol for both free speech and intolerance at the same time? It brings a whole new meaning to the question, ‘Do you it want light or dark?’ ” writes Hughley.

The actor then calls into question Chick-fil-A’s religious morals as he quotes texts from the Bible.

“You say that gay marriage is a sin, like in Leviticus 19:22. But a preceding verse, Leviticus 17:14, says, ‘You must not eat the blood of any creature, because the life of every creature is its blood; anyone who eats it must be cut off.’ You don’t cook your chicken in a kosher way. On what grounds are you picking and choosing which edicts to follow?”

Hughley then criticizes Chick-fil-A for mixing business with politics, cleverly joking about other franchise’s lack of political involvement.

“When have fast food and politics ever intermingled before? Arthur Treacher’s has never impressed sailors into the British navy, not even once. Burger King didn’t send his royal troops to support us in Iraq. Long John Silver has left his pirating days behind him, and now is a peaceful member of our community. Pizza Hut did not try to declare itself a Habitat for a Humanity. It’s not the gay community that is freaky, outspoken and different. It’s you, baby.”

Hughley concludes, tearfully, that his relationship with Chik-fil-A is now over as he reminisces about their happier times together.

Read Hughley’s full letter here and check out some other celebrity reactions to Chick-fil-A’s scandal below.  –nicholas robinson


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  1. SherriEtienne on August 10, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Whatever, DL might also stand for Down Low, so who cares… Everyone in this world is entitled to their beliefs. The fact that Chik-Fil-A doesn’t support gay marriage is their right. Reality TV shows make Ninjas look like damn fools, but they still watch it, so are you saying its okay for black folks to look ignorant and rabid as hell for all the world to see, but not ok that chik-fil-a opposes the new age agenda and instead opts to believe in the bible? I’m confused. I thought this was America, land of the free, home of the brave, not Russia in its communist days.

    If we all have to like the same things and agree on everything, then the principles of which this country were founded need to be banished and burned. And if and when that ever happens, watch out now! Oppose and find your azz going to a concentration camp or the gas chamber somewhere.

    I support gay marriage, but I also respect Chik-Fil-A for their position. Matter of fact, me and my gay friends are still gonna eat there! They didn’t say they wouldn’t serve gays, or gays weren’t allowed, they merely believe in the word of GOD and choose to uphold that word as truth, until proven otherwise and that’s okay with me. You know how many tv networks and movie studios and other establishments are against black people, but you still working for ’em, buying from ’em, wearing ish, give me a break man!

    Another reason to jump on the band-wagon for relevance! Some of his jokes could be deemed offensive, but he still tells ’em, I mean really! Seriously dude, come on, come out or shut the hell up!

    That’s all…

    • Eervin44 on August 10, 2012 at 8:49 pm

      I Agree! DL just looking for attention:( I never thought he was funny:( Thanks for your comment:)