LOS ANGELES, July 23 The Muppets are ending
their relationship with fast food restaurant chain Chick-Fil-A
in a show of support for gay marriage, the creators of the
puppet troupe said on Monday.
"The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced
diversity and inclusiveness for over fifty years and we have
notified Chick-Fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on
any future endeavors," the company said in a statement posted on
their official Facebook page.
The Henson company, named after the creator of lovable
characters like Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, supplied their
Creature Shop Muppet toys to Chick-Fil-A for children's meal
packages but decided to sever ties after recent statements by
the fast-food chain's Chief Executive Dan Cathy.
Cathy told the Baptist Press in a recent interview the
company supported the "traditional family," and "the biblical
definition of the family unit."
The Henson company, whose Muppet characters are hugely
popular, said its Chief Executive Lisa Henson is a "strong
supporter of gay marriage and has directed us to donate the
payment we received from Chick-Fil-A to GLAAD," the company said
in their statement.
GLAAD is the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
Representatives for Chick-Fil-A were not immediately
available for comment on Monday, but the company posted on their
Facebook page last week that their restaurants "treat every
person with honor, dignity and respect - regardless of their
belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender."
They added that they wanted to "leave the policy debate over
same-sex marriage to the government and political arena."
(Reporting By Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte and