Chick-Fil-A Recalls Muppet Kids Meal Toys, Declaring Them Unsafe

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According to a photo published to the 'Wipe Out Homophobia" Facebook group, Chick-Fil-A has announced a voluntary recall of Jim Henson's Creature Shop Puppet Kids Meal toys, and is blaming it on safety issues. There's no information on when the notice was allegedly put up, but the "recall" is backdated to one day before the Jim Henson Company cut ties with Chick-Fil-A for its donations to anti-gay groups.

The notice says "Willow Bend Mall" which is in Plano, Texas.

Says the notice:

"We apologize for any inconvenience but as of 7/19/12 Chick-Fil-A has voluntarily recalled all of the Jim Henson's Creature Shop Puppet Kids Meal toys due to a possible safety issue. Please be advised that there have not been any cases in which a child has actually been injured, however there have been some reports of children getting their fingers stuck in the holes of the puppets. We are offering a substitution of a complimentary kids icedream cone in its place until a replacement toy is available."

Coincidence? Perhaps they're worried the kids might touch something gay-friendly.

Comments

  1. says

    Chick-Fil-A should recall their food. They have racked up several health violations over the year including storing “Raw dog food with Ready-to-eat Food” The rest will turn your stomach: markatlarge.com/chick-fil-a-ala-cockroach/

  2. Michael says

    What happened to….

    Thou shall not lie?

    Thou shall not bare false witness against thy neighbor?

    It’s amazing how so called Christians will break any of the top ten sins when justifying their hatred of homosexuals. Disney should sue the crap out of them for defamation since this is obvious bullshite.

  3. John in Houston says

    Dan Cathy made his statement on 7/18 and the PR machine started spinning and issued a damage control statement on 7/19.

    Chick-Fil-A stores are entirely/almost entirely franchisees. They pay royalty fees to Chick-Fil-A to use their name and use their processes. I’m wondering how long it’s going to take for the franchisees to sue Chick-Fil-A for damaging their business and future revenues. As a franchiser, you can’t simply go around saying things that alienate the customer base.

  4. says

    “We at Chick-Fil-A dont’ want your children playing with a toy that might make them compassionate to diversity, so instead we’re going to substitute it with something to help make your kids fatter”

    thanks?

  5. Doug says

    My guess? This is fake.

    Either photoshopped, or somebody printed this out, put it into place at the store, and took a picture.

    This announcement would open them to a lawsuit from the Henson company, and really, if they simply wanted to announce that the toys weren’t available any more, simply saying that would make much better business sense.

  6. says

    “…reports of children getting their fingers stuck in the holes of the puppets.” Is Chik-Fil-A accusing the muppets of encouraging child on muppet sodomy? Priceless!

  7. Michael says

    I just wrote Disney informing them of this bullshite. Obviously nothing will probably happen but it irritates me how this is such an outright lie but an organization that prides itself on its so called morality. I contacted Disney Consumer Products and here’s the general contact link if anyone else is interested. It would be a semi miracle if Disney didn’t put up with this.

    http://thewaltdisneycompany.com/contact-us

  8. says

    Let’s recall that Bigot-Fil-A is a franchise business and this is likely the work of a lone conehead. Still, a defamation claim from the manufacturer is indeed a viable response.

  9. brandon h says

    “Fingers getting stuck in the hole” Is that a veiled anal sex joke?! Wow, now the true colors are showing.

    I can’t believe people actually eat food made by these massive assholes.

  10. Michael says

    Here’s the contact information for The Henson Company. I would call myself but I was already in a bad mood today and this just made it worse. Don’t think I would be a very level headed LGBT representative at the moment.

    Hollywood: Company Headquarters 1416 North LaBrea Ave. Hollywood, CA 90028 Phone: 323.802.1500 Fax: 323.802.1825

    New York office 37-18 Northern Boulevard, Suite 400 Long Island City, NY 11101 Phone: 212.794.2400 Fax: 212.439.7452

  11. Paul says

    This is obviously a hoax.

    1) Only one of these pics have shown up, from a store supposedly in Texas.

    2) Since no official word has come from company headquarters, this would open them to a legendary lawsuit.

    3) It’s not hard to run off a fake statement on fake letterhead, run into a store, place the sign, snap a pic, and then run away.

    4) The cause of the “defect” is too vague, and seems to be worded for comic effect.

    5) I don’t think the toys have been released yet, anyway, they hadn’t been finished.

    It’s still funny, though.

  12. Michael says

    Hey guys, I called the CA number and as soon as I started thanking them for their support they transfered me to a statement line where I was able to leave a message, thanking them for their support and expressing how frustrated I was with this lie. If you feel like it, just call that number and tell them you’d like to make a statement and you’ll be transfered. I feel so much better now.

    @ Larry… Who else do we call?

  13. Jeffrey in St. Louis says

    Looks like a whole bunch of Chick-fil-A stores have issued the same “voluntary recall”, Paul.

    Google this:

    site:facebook.com chick-fil-a voluntary recall

  14. says

    They are getting it bad! This is what happens when businesses decide to get social. Hopefully, businesses will learn to keep their mouths shut or just suffer the consequences from their views. Good job, Muppets! The chicken isn’t that damn good anyway.

  15. Paul says

    @Jeffery: that Facebook link for Hull street also appears to be back-dated to the 19th. Nobody bothered to comment on the recall for 5 days, until this pic showed up?

    The national Chick-Fil-A Facebook page has no announcement of a recall. Just of their Best Cow Costume Contest.

    And now that the news is spreading around the net, no new pics have shown up. It’s just this same one, again and again.

    I’m still calling BS.

  16. Jeffrey in St. Louis says

    @Paul: Call it however you like. I believe you are mistaken. The main Chick-Fil-A.com site has no mention of the Creature Shop puppet toys, and there is a gap between now and August 20th regarding which toys are featured in their kid’s meals.

  17. Francis says

    *deep breath* The fresh smell of a lawsuit against an anti-gay company sure is good. Hopefully Jim Henson and the Henson company put Chick-Fil-A in their place.

  18. Doug says

    Paul, I don’t know that Facebook lets you backdate entries at all.

    That said, the FB entry doesn’t mention a safety issue so it’s not quite as offensive (to our intelligence) as the version in the picture, and it’s also quite likely that they deleted any comments that they didn’t approve of.

    I had this pegged as a hoax too, but if it’s showing up on CFA facebook pages then maybe not? (Or maybe the managers/owners of some stores saw the picture and thought it represented the company’s official position and they just hadn’t gotten the memo yet? If so that, would qualify as some seriously epic trolling …)

  19. LARRY says

    Well, you weren’t very clear as to why you wanted people to call the Henson Company…to complain or to give support. Now that you have clarified it makes sense. I didn’t want people calling them to complain over a “recall” that they have nothing to do with. That’s all.

  20. LARRY says

    That was for MICAHEL btw. You original post made it sound like you were angry at the Henson Company.

    Side note: @Francis. Jim Henson is dead…if he put Chick-Fil-A in their place it would be a miracle…literally! Lol

  21. cadence says

    Despite the people at Chick-fil-A lying about how this all came about a few months ago, and lying about the things that equality bloggers and activists have said, I was willing to believe that this is a hoax. Unfortunately, I was wrong. Here’s a statement from Tiffany Greenway, a PR flack for the company:

    We can confirm that it is true that Chick-fil-A voluntarily withdrew the Jim Henson kids meal toys nationwide because of a potential safety concern. This is unrelated to the Jim Henson announcement.

  22. cadence says

    I don’t understand what’s wrong with this company. Why can’t they just tell the truth. Recalling the toys is stupid, but the least they could do is give the real reason for why they are doing it.

  23. Ricco says

    The ten commandments does not say anything about homosexuality, but one thing that is VERY clear, stated quite succinctly, that “Thou shalt not bear false witness against the neighbor” . . . so why is it that so MANY-MANY christian’s dissemble or outright lie?

    It is difficult to respect people’s religious beliefs when they pick and choose, and the picking and choosing serves only to heighten their obvious human bias, rather than any true obedience to the precepts and commandments of their religion.

  24. Steve says

    It’s impossible to become a Chick-Fil-A manager without having almost the exact same opinions as the company owners. They are heavily vetted and undergo intrusive “background checks” to ensure that they all have the same religious convictions

  25. says

    Somebody should tell these Chick Fil-A people about the Florida Orange juice debacle in the 1980’s or was it the 90’s? I’d love to say I’ll never go back there but I’ve never been there. Even a rentboy has his limits of decency.

  26. Icebloo says

    Wow these right wing people are getting more and more insane !

    I hope they get sued by whoever makes these toys for them.

    It seems to me the idiots running this company are not going to stop until their stupidity bankrupts the company !

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