By Jeremy Kinser
Originally published on Advocate.com August 21 2012 6:30 PM ET
Actors Kristin Bell and Dax Shepard say they respect the first amendment rights of antigay Chick-fil-A COO Don Cathy, but his is a "homophobic, terribly outdate, wrong-side-of-history opinion."
"The Ku Klux Klan should have the right to open a pizza parlor," Shepard jokes. Bell agrees, adding, "We as citizens have the right to unite and share our opinions and go, 'Hey guys, let's not go to Chick-fil-A.'"
The couple, both of whom are longtime equality advocates, appeared on Larry King Now to promote their new action comedy Hit & Run. The film which opens in theaters tomorrow contains a surprising —or perhaps not so surprising considering Shepard co-wrote and co-directed—a huge amount of pro-gay content. Their characters even have a discussion about the repercussions of using the three-letter f-word to mean "lame."
In an interview with The Advocate last February, Bell discussed the reason she and Shepard have no plans to marry. "To be honest with you — and this is the first time I’ve ever said this to a journalist, but it feels like the perfect time and place — the reason we’re not rushing to get married is because I don’t feel appropriate taking advantage of a right that’s denied to my best friends," she revealed. "That’s why we’ve been so hesitant. Dax and I have talked about it a lot, and this issue is very important to both of us. We’re just standing up for what we believe in. Period."
Watch them discuss the Chick-fil-A controversy below.