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Say What? for Aug. 23, 2012

August 22, 2012 

  • Friends before politics, religion and chikin Here’s the deal. I know some local franchise owners of a Chick-fil-A, and they are amazing people. My niece is BFF with their daughter, and I would trust them to watch my daughter any day of the week. I have been torn, because of this. I don’t know where they stand on this whole issue; I would never ask. It doesn’t matter. Similar to 90 percent of my relationships, we have never discussed politics, family values, or religion...Relationships work better that way. I did not support the CFA appreciation day because, my goodness, you have no idea how many lesbian and gay people I love. It felt so much less than a "freedom of speech" issue than an anti-gay issue. I cried. Seriously, I cried. A lot. I graduated with a theatre degree. I am drawn to people who love without judging and who appreciate me. (God forbid they have an anti-you-don’t-look-like-a-model day.). I have friends in every single circle of being: old, young, skinny, fat, white, black, gay, straight, Christian, atheist, loud, quiet, introvert, extrovert, funny, smart, geek, alcoholic, sober, working, unemployed, sad, good, bad, and happy. Just good ol’ happy. I love all of them. My mom did, and I do. It’s inherent to accept. I am tempted to say my gay friends have my back more than my straight ones, minus my sister. I didn’t want to "like" the new Chick-fil-A page, because it would hurt my friends. I didn’t want to NOT like the page because it would, well, hurt my friends. What’s that quote? “I don’t necessarily agree with what you say, but I agree, til death, your right to say it?” We as a society screwed up. We gave into this huge hype and used freedom of speech to disguise it. I wonder, a LOT, who went (to Chick-fil-A) yesterday to support freedom of speech and who went to be hateful. I don’t want to know. As a marketer by trade, I claim, "Genius!" Talk about free advertising. Talk about making the marketer’s job easy. But my gay and lesbian friends were hurt, so hurt. I felt for them. I realize there are other issues with other businesses. I just think this was a bad call, all around. That picture of Sarah Palin, thumbs up, with her Chick-fil-A bag yesterday made me want to vomit. Literally. Throw up. The thoughts I had for my friends that own a franchise and just open their doors made me sad too. I will not ask, and my opinion is unchanged about how great they are. I will still eat “chikin”...I will. But not in any realm that will help or hurt my friends. - Wimberly Hubert, Myrtle BeachWant to get something off your chest? We’ll put it in print. Write to Weekly Surge at with the subject line “Say What” or send to Weekly Surge, P.O. Box 406, Myrtle Beach, S.C., 29578.

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