Beware! Beware! The end is near! Chick-Fil-A is opening a fourth restaurant in New York City!
That is the tone of a flabbergasting piece in The New Yorker Friday, which goes to great lengths to find creepiness and religious extremism in every aspect of the popular chicken restaurant chain.
Writer Dan Piepenbring, in a column that looks like satire but isn’t, warns ignorant New Yorkers who are flocking to Chick-Fil-A in droves that they’re falling into an Evangelical trap. Here are some of the highlights from his lengthy work:
“The brand’s arrival here feels like an infiltration, in no small part because of its pervasive Christian traditionalism.”
“The restaurant’s corporate purpose still begins with the words ‘to glorify God,’ and that proselytism thrums below the surface of the Fulton Street restaurant, which has the ersatz homespun ambiance of a megachurch.”
“If the restaurant is a megachurch, the Cows are its ultimate evangelists.”
“S. Truett Cathy, the chain’s founder and Dan Cathy’s late father, saw them as a tool to spread the gospel of chicken.”
“It’s worth asking why Americans fell in love with an ad in which one farm animal begs us to kill another in its place. Most restaurants take pains to distance themselves from the brutalities of the slaughterhouse; Chick-fil-A invites us to go along with the Cows’ Schadenfreude.”
“Today, the Cows’ 'guerrilla insurgency' is more of a carpet bombing. New Yorkers are under no obligation to repeat what they say. Enough, we can tell them. NO MOR.”
A couple conservative commentators have added their two cents to the piece.
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