Bo Muller-Moore is a folk artist in Vermont who hand-screens tee-shirts as part of his strategy to eek-out a living. One of his better sellers is a collection of shirts that declares this healthy sentiment: "Eat More Kale." Nobody, one could suppose, would take offense at a positive message like that.
Nobody, that is, except the folks at Chick-fil-A who seem to think that it is usurping their message of "Eat mor chikin." The gigantic corporation told the Vermont working man in a recent cease-and-desist letter that his tee-shirt slogan "is likely to cause confusion of the public and dilute the distinctiveness of Chick-fil-A's intellectual property." (Can it get any more intellectual than "Eat mor chikin?")
So once again in America we see the ugly reality of one of these obscenely big corporate "people" running around trying to stomp a little guy into the ground. This is a perfect example of why Americans have taken to the nation's streets and parks in an angry rebuke over the disparity of wealth.
Chick-fil-A, if you remember has been in the news before for its support of anti-gay activities. Searching the terms "Chick-fil-A" and "homophobia" in a reputable search engine will produce thousands of hits. In fact, Chick-fil-A's financial support of many Christian fundamentalist organizations and activities has led some wags to refer to their main product, a delicious chicken sandwich, as "Jesus Chicken." To underscore the devout faith of management, all of their stores close on Sundays so that their employees can go to church and spend time with their families.
I love the sandwiches at Chick-fil-A, even if their corporate attitude and policies make them hard to stomach. But if company sees fit to maintain its air of intolerance, I may just have to pass on the "chikin" and begin eating more kale. God knows it would be better for me!