The fast-food chain Chick-fil-A has a long anti-LGBTQ history.
Now Donald Trump supporter Kanye West has paid homage to the chicken sandwich chain that continually donates large sums to anti-LGBTQ organizations in a song called "Closed on Sunday," off of his upcoming album Jesus Is King: A Kanye West Experience. And LGBTQ activists have said that the song has taken an "anti-LGBTQ stance."
Snippets of “Closed on Sunday” have been posted online from listening parties where West has been promoting the upcoming album, according to Business Insider. West, who recently announced he will only make gospel-themed music moving forward, praises Chick-fil-A for closing on Sunday to honor God, thereby linking the fast-food chain to his brand of Christianity.
"Closed on Sunday, you my Chick-fil-A. Closed on Sunday, you my Chick-fil-A. Hold the selfies, put the ’Gram [Instagram] away. Get your family, y’all hold hands and pray," West says in the chorus for the song.
The song goes on to instruct on some tenets of Christianity West seeks to promote.
"When you got daughters, always keep ’em safe. Watch out for vipers, don’t let them indoctrinate. Closed on Sunday, you my Chick-fil-A."
"This ain’t game day, get your house in shape. Train your sons, raise them in the faith. To temptations, make sure they’re wide awake. Follow Jesus, listen and obey. No more livin’ for the culture, we nobody’s slave,” the chorus ends.
"We’re clear on where Chick-fil-A stands and where they put their money when it comes to the human and civil rights of LGBTQ+ folks,” Dana White, who’s on the board of Collective Action for Safe Spaces, said in a statement, according to the New York Daily News. "We’re clear that the Trump administration is currently targeting LGBTQ+ folks."
"Kanye’s lyrics here are an anti-LGBTQ stance with strategic timing," White said.
The fast-food chain has been under fire for a few years over tax returns revealing that the company, whose CEO, Dan Cathy, is openly antigay, has continued to contribute money to anti-LGBTQ organizations in spite of pushback and boycotts.
Responding to revelations that Chick-fil-A continued to donate to anti-LGBTQ organizations after it tried to rehabilitate its image in light of boycotts over Cathy’s anti-equality statements in 2012, the company asserted that the media was painting “an inaccurate narrative about our brand.”
There’s no glossing over the findings that Chick-fil-A's charitable arm gave $1.8 million to three anti-LGBTQ organizations in 2017, including the Salvation Army. It also donated to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, which enforces a "sexual purity" policy that bars "homosexual acts." Finally, it donated to the Paul Anderson Youth Home, which provides housing for troubled youth and "teaches boys that homosexuality is wrong" and that same-sex marriage is a "rage against Jesus Christ and his values."