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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.

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  1. @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.

    Posted by: Paul | Jul 24, 2012 4:43:12 PM


  2. @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.

    Posted by: Jeffrey in St. Louis | Jul 24, 2012 4:53:35 PM


  3. *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.

    Posted by: Francis | Jul 24, 2012 4:56:26 PM


  4. The lawsuit is going to be entertaining, particularly if it reveals internal communication.

    Posted by: Randy | Jul 24, 2012 5:04:26 PM


  5. 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 ...)

    Posted by: Doug | Jul 24, 2012 5:14:36 PM


  6. for the record. I made a short term screen cap of the "official" Bigot-Fil-A facebook page making the spurious claim. you can see it here:
    http://awesomescreenshot.com/0c6bd4s67
    I also have a softcopy file in case Henson Co. or their lawyers need a copy.

    Posted by: Dego | Jul 24, 2012 5:21:01 PM


  7. I have been getting an advertisement for coupons to eat at Chick-Fil-A on...'Towleroad'...now to me thats weird.

    Posted by: VDUFFORD | Jul 24, 2012 5:22:20 PM


  8. Silly faggots...

    it's a hoax.

    Posted by: ImStraight | Jul 24, 2012 5:40:25 PM


  9. except for the, y'know, official facebook posts...

    Posted by: Dego | Jul 24, 2012 5:42:25 PM


  10. The official Facebook page, where the only one mentioning anything about it are the silly little faggots.

    Y'know - that page?

    Posted by: ImStraight | Jul 24, 2012 5:51:50 PM


  11. The Hull street CFA Facebook page STILL has their "recall" post up. Looks like the pics are legit.

    Posted by: CBinKY | Jul 24, 2012 5:52:21 PM


  12. 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.

    Posted by: LARRY | Jul 24, 2012 6:13:47 PM


  13. 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

    Posted by: LARRY | Jul 24, 2012 6:17:54 PM


  14. I'm really tired of hearing about this stupid so-called restaurant.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jul 24, 2012 6:45:18 PM


  15. 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.

    Posted by: cadence | Jul 24, 2012 6:50:57 PM


  16. 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.

    Posted by: cadence | Jul 24, 2012 6:53:44 PM


  17. 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.

    Posted by: Ricco | Jul 24, 2012 6:57:58 PM


  18. 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

    Posted by: Steve | Jul 24, 2012 7:38:22 PM


  19. Steve: is that even legal? Can they discriminate like that?

    Posted by: WHAT? | Jul 24, 2012 8:16:00 PM


  20. Disney products are unsafe? Major lawsuit should follow...

    Posted by: Alan Brickman | Jul 24, 2012 8:25:31 PM


  21. Did Dan Cathy get HIS finger stuck in the WRONG HOLE? Just asking...

    Posted by: michaeld89119 | Jul 24, 2012 8:55:36 PM


  22. 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.

    Posted by: Chris | Jul 24, 2012 10:05:33 PM


  23. 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 !

    Posted by: Icebloo | Jul 24, 2012 11:46:20 PM


  24. Can CFA claim a tax deduction for losses they accrue from a recall?

    Posted by: JJ | Jul 25, 2012 1:31:45 AM


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