Chick-fil-A had some serious backtracking to do after Black Twitter let all hell break loose on the fast food chain for a response tweet that appeared to many to be racist in nature.
It all started when a Twitter user, Don @Kanyeismydad,” tweeted to the company “grilled spicy deluxe but still nooooo spicy nuggets…..@ChickfilA.”
— Don (@KANYEISMYDAD) September 9, 2022
Whoever is handling the Chick-fil-A account then responded, “Your community will be the first to know if spicy items are added to the permanent menu, Don!”
The reference of “your community,” sparked a nerve -or two- or three – and, after that, the viral call-outs began.
“Your community? I’m gonna need explanation for that comment. ‘Our’ community wouldn’t wanna think that there was some racial undertones behind that,” one user wrote.
Other comments included:
“wdym by your community???”- @jaxmostwanted
wdym by your community??? pic.twitter.com/0hFx5U376A
— jaxmostwanted (@jaxmostwanted) September 10, 2022
“oh we going to popeyes tonight.” – @ScOOpisHIGH
oh we going to popeyes tonight pic.twitter.com/p8ccXy5vX8
— RIPPING THE BONG WHILE I TWEET (@ScOOpisHIGH) September 10, 2022
As of Monday, the company’s response remained online and garnered more than 1,600 comments and more than 8,000 retweets.
“8 hours later and this racist tweet is still up. Damn I am in shock, actually no I am not it’s
@ChickfilA , I shouldn’t expect anything less.” – @myjerome76
8 hours later and this racist tweet is still up. Damn I am in shock , actually no I am not it’s @ChickfilA , I shouldn’t expect anything less.
— Jerome (@myjerome76) September 10, 2022
Another user pointed out that this is not the first time Chick-fil-A has replied in that manner.
All jokes aside, they reply like this frequently. pic.twitter.com/RWmEyGDpud— FixItJesus (@FactsinatedbyTV) September 10, 2022
This is not the first time the chain has come under scrutiny, with past issues involving the LGBTQ community. As for the latest controversy, Chick-fil-A said it was all a big misunderstanding.
In a statement to NBC News, the company stated that the use of the word “community” was meant as a reference to areas where its restaurants are located.
“The response was a poor choice of words but was not intended in any way to be insensitive or disrespectful,” a company spokesperson said. “We often use the term ‘community’ in a broader sense to talk about places where we operate restaurants and serve the surrounding community.”
So what do you think. Are we too sensitive? Was it just a poor choice of words? Or was the person handling the account taking jabs at Blacks from behind the avatar?
Chick-fil-A finna come back like pic.twitter.com/vJNQlOCA3F
— 🇭🇹Louie Thee Kabrit (@305ALLtheWAY) September 12, 2022
He says, she says, and the interpretations that follow will – seemingly – forever be an issue in the America we live in and the social media accountability standard that is keeping everyone “woke” on “word choices.”
— Zeeti (@DJZeeti) September 10, 2022
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