Growing up in the south, we are taught to neither speak ill of the dead nor to take pleasure in the death of your enemy no matter how much they were against you in life. Imagine the surprise at the comments made by some of media and LGBT community about recently deceased Don Perry, Chick-fil-A VP of Public Relations.
The comments made by Chick-fil-A CEO, Dan Cathy, in a recent interview done by the online media The Baptist Press, against gay marriage, demonstrated that Don Perry was not on top of his game. If Don Perry’s job was to make sure the relationship between Chick-fil-A and the public is a good one, let’s just say, all the hard work he put into maintaining that positive image just when into the grave with him.
That one comment created an extraordinary firestorm that is consuming the reputation and once good name of the company. Talks of boycotts and flash-mobs have already diminished the sales of the chicken giant not to mention members of the LGBT community are demanding political officials all over the country to ban Chick-fil-A from creating any more new establishments in their areas.
All actions were to be expected as a response to the recent offense made by Dan Cathy but the response to Don Perry’s death is somewhat of a surprise. Being the proud alternative people the gay community is, the comments made to various online media is shocking. On TMZ.com some of the readers posted:
DAZEDFACE: Karma is a bitch. I love when the universe rights itself.
ZEEKOSBOURNE: KARMA?…….or just blame it on the Devil!
LISA: Gee…Must have been God’s plan.
RODNEY: Eating too much of his own product? Literally and figuratively…
CARL: Maybe God is sending a message to Chick-Fil-A. Something along the lines of “I am the one who will judge what is right and wrong, not you”.
Yes, the battle we are fighting takes no prisoners but that doesn’t mean the war is no holds barred. One of the reasons this article is now being published is to show respect for the dead. Who wants to be like some vulture picking at the bones of a dead carcass trying to grab onto the bandwagon of this man’s death?
Speaking for the gay community, there is no doubt we all disagree with Chick-fil-A’s display of opposition and there will be more show of force but does that mean we can’t show compassion? Don Perry is dead, so let his family and the ones who knew him mourn his death so the LGBT community can get back to winning this fight against the real adversary.