Kelly Tyko, Axios, May 31, 2023
Right-wing activists have called for a boycott of Chick-fil-A based on misinformation related to the company’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.
Why it matters: The calls to boycott the Atlanta-based, conservative fast-food chain come as right-wing blowback to corporate DEI efforts nationwide intensify.
- Anti-LGBTQ activists have helped to recently tank stock prices for companies like Anheuser-Busch InBev and Target, Axios’ Dan Primack and Sara Fischer report.
Driving the news: Chick-fil-A has been trending on Twitter after political strategist Joey Mannarino tweeted on Monday that “Chick-Fil-A just hired a VP of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.”
- The next day Mannarino tweeted out a poll asking “are we boycotting Chick-Fil-A over this or no?”
Meanwhile, Erick McReynolds has been working as Chick-fil-A’s VP of diversity, equity and inclusion since November 2021, according to a LinkedIn profile.