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Tucson Man Fired After Video Critical of Chick-fil-A Goes Viral: VIDEO

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Adam Smith, Chief Financial Officer of medical supply company Vante, was fired after a video he made criticizing Chick-fil-A went viral, KVOA reports:

Vante's CEO Roger Vogel was quick distance himself and his company with Smith because "the social media aspect of this has created a very fast viral response." Vogel inists that Vante has a diverse workforce with a diverse range of opinions surrounding the Chick-fil-A controversy.

Says Smith in the video, to a Chick-fil-A employee at the drive-thru window: "You know why I'm getting a free water right now? Because Chick-fil-A is a hateful group...I don't know how you live with yourself and work here...I don't understand it. This is a horrible corporation with horrible values. You deserve better...I’m a nice guy, by the way … totally heterosexual. Not a gay in me, I just can’t stand the hate. It's gotta stop.”

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In related news, graffiti at a Chick-fil-A in Torrance, California is being investigated:

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Here's his full video:

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  1. Chik-fil-A is not just anti-gay, they're anti-small Vermont farmer and anti-kale!

    http://tinyurl.com/c6dtlr5

    Posted by: Dan J | Aug 3, 2012 2:48:24 PM


  2. Good. That's guy a bullying turd.

    And for the record, both he and the guy who started glitter-bombing are straight.

    Posted by: endo | Aug 3, 2012 2:52:16 PM


  3. Apparently speech is free if you're an anti-gay corporate leader, but not if you're speaking on your own behalf against said anti-gay corporation.

    But that's always the way, isn't it?

    Posted by: Randy | Aug 3, 2012 2:57:30 PM


  4. He's an idiot and a jerk, and deserved to be fired. I have friends who work for CFA and in this job market can't just quit. Besides, it's not their decision, and they shouldn't be punished for Dan Cathy's hate.

    Posted by: JT | Aug 3, 2012 2:58:35 PM


  5. And we're off!

    I don't feel too bad for him because he surely has a skill set to find a job that pays well and shares his values. For the millions of unskilled low wage workers, that's not really an option. The economics of the labor market makes it easy for someone like him, presumably with a college degree, to have greater choice in employers. It's unfair to demonize the employees who you know nothing about.

    Posted by: John | Aug 3, 2012 2:59:40 PM


  6. So much for their "free speech" claim. This was pushed through Breitbart- what else need be said?

    Posted by: Jeff | Aug 3, 2012 3:01:05 PM


  7. I also find it interesting when so-called straight "allies" feel the need to assert their heterosexuality, lest someone mistake them for gay.

    Posted by: John | Aug 3, 2012 3:01:16 PM


  8. Free speech should be taken in moderation. Go too far in either direction and bad things happen.

    Also WTH is a "cupply"?

    Posted by: Sam | Aug 3, 2012 3:05:16 PM


  9. JT, you always have a choice to participate in hate or not. There were 4 million jobs created in the last two years (as of Feb). They weren't all at Chick-Fil-A.

    What have your friends done within the company to end the funding of hate?

    Posted by: Randy | Aug 3, 2012 3:06:14 PM


  10. My sympathies are with the woman, completely.

    Self-righteousness is not a good color on liberals or conservatives.

    Conservatives will watch this and be more emboldened about their backwards beliefs.

    Gross.

    Posted by: Cinesnatch | Aug 3, 2012 3:07:09 PM


  11. I totally salute and appreciate Adam Smith's support!

    Vandalizing a Chick-Fil-A? Not cool.

    Posted by: Oz in OK | Aug 3, 2012 3:09:50 PM


  12. My god, the number of people on BOTH sides of the issue who don't know what free speech means is heartbreaking.

    Posted by: endo | Aug 3, 2012 3:10:05 PM


  13. Ha, I was on the Breitbart site when it broke, it took a grand total of 15 minutes between them uploading it and his name, address, job contact info, and job resume posted there. Dumb a-hole.

    Posted by: MarkUs | Aug 3, 2012 3:14:52 PM


  14. He's now getting death threats.

    I trust you're pleased, ENDO.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Aug 3, 2012 3:15:57 PM


  15. Randy, you must have a fundamental misunderstanding of how the economy works. Just because 4 million jobs were created doesn't mean that 4 million jobs are accessible to Chick-Fil-A employees. Because of the unequal bargaining power between employers and labor, you can't compare searching for, applying for, interviewing for, and being selected for a job to choosing where to buy a fast food chicken sandwich.

    You understanding of the economy and labor market is on par with that of Republicans...

    Posted by: John | Aug 3, 2012 3:16:17 PM


  16. Not sure why you'd think that, David (other than you're not much of a deep thinker).

    Posted by: endo | Aug 3, 2012 3:17:46 PM


  17. Why would Endo be pleased? All he said is that no one seems to understand what free speech is.

    And he's right. Free speech shouldn't even be brought up since it's completely irrelevant, unless the topic is the mayors that said they want to ban Chick-Fil-A.

    Posted by: John | Aug 3, 2012 3:21:19 PM


  18. Whoa! This guy did nothing but voice his opinion about hateful Chick-fil-a to one of their representatives. I saw nothing extreme, aggressive or inappropriate about his action. Rather, I'm grateful for his expressing a supportive opinion amidst a sea of destructive, "Christian" ignorance. WTF, he deserves the Medal of Honor!

    Posted by: Modern Meet | Aug 3, 2012 3:21:36 PM


  19. He lost me with his idiotic non sequitur, "I'm totally heterosexual." What does that have to do with his argument against giving money to hate groups? What was he afraid that the employees were going to do? Take down his license plate number and report him to the Secret Police as a suspected homosexual or bisexual? This guy strikes me as both self-righteous and extremely uptight, regardless of what he does in bed. I did, however, like his mention of the group of college students nearby who might hold a protest. Hopefully, most of the college students wouldn't be stupid enough to shout about their exclusive heterosexuality while they were protesting Chick-fil-A.

    Posted by: Artie_in_Lauderdale | Aug 3, 2012 3:27:12 PM


  20. Yes. We have no CFA in Vermont and are not likely to have one anytime soon. Our Governor (the pro-gay one) came out against their corporate bullying of the Eat More Kale guy last year.

    Eat more kale!

    Posted by: KevinVT | Aug 3, 2012 3:28:54 PM


  21. Yes. We have no CFA in Vermont and are not likely to have one anytime soon. Our Governor (the pro-gay one) came out against their corporate bullying of the Eat More Kale guy last year.

    Eat more kale!

    Posted by: KevinVT | Aug 3, 2012 3:28:56 PM


  22. If the Chik fil A president said what he said about intteracial marriage, every store across the country would rioted. Every single one would be attacked if he said it about intterracial marriage and thats the truth. Somehow denying 1,250 rights to gay people should completely be tolerted by gays with no reaction

    Posted by: TellerHu | Aug 3, 2012 3:30:39 PM


  23. I also agree with the notion of how violent this whole situation would have gotten if Chik Fil A's president donated millions to groups opposed to interracial marriage, or latino marriage or religion. They would have to shut down every store due to the physical altercations and threats. We boycott and voice our disdain and they cry foul and plat victim

    Posted by: Dynex | Aug 3, 2012 3:33:02 PM


  24. I am so attracted to that man right now.

    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Aug 3, 2012 3:34:40 PM


  25. this guy is a total jerk. not helping at all. poor girl.

    Posted by: James | Aug 3, 2012 3:35:33 PM


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