Customers going to Chick-fil-A in search of a Muppets-inspired toy along with their Chick-n-Strips will be greatly disappointed.Â The toys are no more.Â The Jim Henson Company, founded by the creator of The Muppets, has severed all ties with Chick-fil-A and announced on its Facebook page that â€œwe do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors.â€
The Jim Henson Company had formed a partnership with Chick-fil-A at the beginning of summer in order to feature Jim Hensonâ€™s Creature Shop toys in kidsâ€™ meals from July until Aug. 18. Then, Chick-fil-Aâ€™s president, Dan McCarthy, announced his support of Christian organizations that oppose gay marriage.
In an interview with The Baptist Press earlier this month, McCarthy was upfront: â€œWe are very much supportive of the familyÂ â€” the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that,â€ said McCarthy.
A report from the LGBT advocacy group Equality Matters said that Chick-fil-A donated more than $3 million from 2003 to 2009 to Christian groups that oppose homosexuality. The company then escalated its donations, giving $2 million to such causes in 2010 alone, according to Equality Matters.
On its Facebook page, The Jim Henson Company mentions its CEO, Lisa Henson, as a â€œstrong supporter of gay marriage.â€
The Jim Henson Company says it will be donating its final residual check from Chick-fil-A to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation