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


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.”


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


Here's his full video:

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  1. This actually infuriates me. This man did NOTHING wrong or unlawful in this video. He's literally being threatened with an inch of his life all over the net. These homophobes are TRULY the new Nazis and would round us up and put us in concentration camps first chance they could. We need to start fighting back. They are trying to silence us and we need to now get cowardly and hide but infact come out even stronger.

    Posted by: Art Smith | Aug 3, 2012 3:35:39 PM

  2. @Modern Meet,

    He wasn't talking to a "representative." A minimum wage employee is not a representative of a corporation. Kudos to that girl for maintaining professionally in the face of a bullying jerk.

    Posted by: BenR | Aug 3, 2012 3:38:18 PM

  3. If the roles were reversed and a homophobe went to JC Pennys and just stated their opinion on ther stance of gay supporting to an employee and got FIRED for it...... All the anti gay bigots, including the ones on this site who love nothing more than to side with the anti gay ilk, would be livid. They would start a fund for the homophobe with millions donating, but not before they sued her employer. The double standard of bigots needs to be called out by our side more often!!

    Posted by: Lipstick Diva | Aug 3, 2012 3:38:46 PM

  4. He got FIRED for that?!?!...?!!!!!

    He needs to hire himself an attorney. And fast.

    Posted by: Mark l. | Aug 3, 2012 3:39:42 PM

  5. There was a story not long ago about a waiter who didn't want to serve a gay couple at a restauarant. Almost every comment on various sites an shockingly most comments on here (by the trolls who pretend to be one of us) stated support for the waiter and said that the couple could have simply asked for another server. And the waiter shouldnt have been fired according to many. Yet this man in that video above should be fired? For that? This is the beggining of an INTENSE culture war kids. Prepare yourselves and prepare to fight back. In the courtroom or on the street.

    Posted by: Lazerlightbeams | Aug 3, 2012 3:43:30 PM

  6. A) I am trapped in Arizona (while the SigO finishes a degree)-and this is part of the reality of a Right To Work state, maintained by anti-union Republicans--which means this is more accurately expressed as a "Right to Fire At Will" state from the standpoint of employers. An excellent way to force employees to keep their mouths shut.

    B) I don't understand the confusion over a straight ally saying he's heterosexual. This is just like what used to happen in the early AIDS days--if someone entered the field or volunteered, he or she was considered by a fearful public as being gay themselves--because why else would a person have anything to do with gay concerns? Do you really believe if he had not self-stated his sexual orientation Chickahaters would not have just dismissed his comments as those of a pissed off gay? As a person of color, I see this as being no different from the fact a lot of Euro-Americans may be more influenced by seeing people similar to them are supporting a controversial issue, than those they perceived as being self-served. In other words, from that standpoint, it makes sense if something impacts you directly (e.g., homophobics and marriage equality)you'd do something about it--but a self-identified straight person is giving the message "I have nothing personal to gain from this-I'm doing it because I feel it's the right thing to do." Of course, this meant he got fired for acting out (however poorly he might have done so--it's not like straight guys (or for that matter, members of the LGBT community) are trained to do this sort of protest well.

    Posted by: Ty Nolan | Aug 3, 2012 3:45:14 PM

  7. Not only did he get fired. The homophobes are threatening his life and saying they will ruin his reputation and make sure he's unemployed for life.

    If you've ever questioned the evil of the other side, this is another example. This man exercised his right to free speech. Didn't threaten, curse or physically harm anyone. He boldly and proudly stated an opinion. Now there are death threats for his head. If you think the bigots won't want to have town witch hunts trying to drive gays out of town before killing them, you better open up your eyes. It's already happening.

    Posted by: USC Trojans Fan | Aug 3, 2012 3:46:43 PM

  8. And now I'm envisioning a threesome with Mr. Smith and Art Smith. Their use of their brains is so very hot ...

    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Aug 3, 2012 3:48:50 PM

  9. Was that the entire video? Because if he's getting attacked for what I saw in that clip, uhm- that's frightening. They claim they are not intolerant. Not only are they intolerant they are deluded to their own bigotry. He needs to get lawyered up

    Posted by: 2Dads | Aug 3, 2012 3:49:03 PM

  10. In my previous comment, I called this guy uptight for stupidly throwing in the line about how "totally heterosexual" he was. That detracts from his argument against Chick-fil-A and only makes people laugh, which trivializes the argument against Chick-fil-A. Having said that, he certainly doesn't deserve to be fired. Yes, he should hire a lawyer because his company had no reasonable cause to fire him. He was expressing his opinion on his own time, not on company time. Since when should you be fired for that?

    Posted by: Artie_in_Lauderdale | Aug 3, 2012 3:51:31 PM

  11. Conservatives want every LGBT or ally out of work (and actually away from society, and don't you think otherwise)

    They tried to get Ellen Degeneres, Chaz Bono, Carson Kressley and every other gay person FIRED from their jobs. They wrote thousands upon thousands of letters, created dozens of petitions and wrote networks to FIRE gay people from their jobs and feeding their families.

    The 'conersavtive' individual has no boundaries on the extent they'll go to put us in our place. This should all very eye opening to our people an community leaders

    Posted by: Scott Johanesen | Aug 3, 2012 3:54:56 PM

  12. I had a friend get fired the other day and the employer made it pretty obvious it was because he was gay an how his 'partner visiting made people uncomfortable'
    This is a state where he'a not at all protected and the employer was caulculating enough to throw in some false other reasoning just in case. When they found out he was gay, they made his working environment a living hell for him. Hoping he'd quote. It was unbearable he said, but he desperately needed the money as he was helping care for his boyfriends mom and paying the mortgage. He's an incredible employee. As soon as they found out he has a boyfriend they ALL switched a flip . He's naturally distraught. We're trying to financially help him as much as we can. But to gays out there, especially those of you living in your cozy accepting big cities surrounded by supportive family/friends/coworkers....
    Remember to think about the rest of us out here literally living day by day hoping we don't get fired, or worse, attacked for who we are. Remember us when you proudly defend Chik Fil A president donating millions toward groups that directly make our lives out here more miserable, even if you don't feel a drastic difference in your life.
    Compassion and championing equality is more than just looking at your surroundings and going "welp, I hardly experience homophobia here, so gays just need to get over it" that's what I sense at times from priviliged gays who's scope of homophobia is only determined by how homophobic their own surrounding is.

    Posted by: Meyers1975 | Aug 3, 2012 4:04:57 PM

  13. Let's give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he identified himself as straight so that the Chik-fil-A representative would understand that it's not only gay people who are upset with them. I'm sure CFA has already written-off the queers as their customers and have accepted that financial result; knowing that OTHERS might also stay away from CFA might, just might, cause them to reconsider things from a financial standpoint.

    Posted by: Zlick | Aug 3, 2012 4:06:59 PM

  14. @ Ty Nolan,

    This man was fired unjustly, and he's being unjustly threatened by Christianist idiots. However, I stand by my comment about his non sequitur, saying how "totally heterosexual" he is. You called that "confusion." I think not. I'm not confused; I just disagree with you. You mention that if he didn't declare his 100% hetersexuality, the Chick-fil-A people would dismiss his opinion as a pissed-off gay. Well, that doesn't sound like a very scary consequence to me. And if you're talking with people who will only take you seriously if you take an oath in blood that you're 100% heterosexual, then the people you're talking to are idiots in any case.

    You also reminisce about the early 1980's when straight people were afraid of being labeled as gay if they had pro-gay opinions. Today, when people hear this guy unnecessarily stating that he's 100% straight, most people are tempted to laugh. That's just human nature in the 21st century. You can reminisce fondly about the early 1980's if you want, but they are long gone.

    Posted by: Artie_in_Lauderdale | Aug 3, 2012 4:08:55 PM

  15. Pointless video of a non-story.

    Posted by: M. Scott Hernandez | Aug 3, 2012 4:17:52 PM

  16. He's done not a thing wrong in that video. GOOD FOR HIM FOR STANDING UP FOR WHAT HE BELIEVES IN!

    Posted by: cj | Aug 3, 2012 4:20:06 PM

  17. This man is a hero of mine. Anyone who stands up and sticks their neck out in a time where LGBT are being persecuted by modern day NAZIS is my idea of a brave soul. If I was friends with him, I'd give him a big hug and thank you for his courage and consideration.

    Posted by: Trootie | Aug 3, 2012 4:21:10 PM

  18. Considering how unjustly we are treated.

    How many RIGHTS are stripped from us.

    How many of our gay children die in vain.

    How many gay people are ATTACKED daily.

    I'm surprised we're not more angry. Up in arms and livid.

    All things considered, I believe our side is too weak. I'm certainly not. I will take to task anyone who feels I should be treated different for who I inately am. I've had many people tell me they didn't realize how much equality means to LGBT until they witnessed my passion and I'm SO proud of that.

    Posted by: Kurt | Aug 3, 2012 4:23:04 PM

  19. If the roles were reversed and a bigot lost their job for going on you tube and protesting gays.....The President would have to issue an apology on behalf of every gay person. The anti gay protestor would own the company they were fired from. And the entire country would have a dialogue about how "intolerant" liberals are. The culture war has certainly begun, and we need to come with ammunition, and be ready to win at all costs, because if they want to play clever, we can beat them at their own game.

    Posted by: Austine | Aug 3, 2012 4:24:57 PM

  20. He was fired for this? and is getting threatened online?

    That's heterosexual entitlement for ya.
    They want to beat us to the ground, tell us what we can and can't do, take away our freedoms, then get angry when we dare respond. Crazy bunch, who need a reality check. And more people need to give it to them.

    Posted by: Steve-ATL | Aug 3, 2012 4:26:02 PM

  21. John,

    Are you kidding? You're hardly working on gay rights issues. Who the heck are you fooling? Your comments on here have been some of the most homophobic garbage I've read on here. You're a plant. You come on here pretending to be gay all the while, consistently siding with the anti gay camps in every story, then lefturing gays on appropriate behavior when faced with extreme homophobia, and finally conveniently mention again how gay you are. Who are you attempting to fool? We've seen your kind on these pages so many times before, it's laughable how transparent it is

    Posted by: CollinsKielan | Aug 3, 2012 4:26:17 PM

  22. Reading the comments against this man on various blogs and it's so abundanetly clear these vile Christians truly DO hate gays. They truly DO have hate in that excuse for a heart. And they truly DO adopt a double standard.

    He's being attacked strictly because he's for gay rights. America has very clearly turned to 1954. Except instead of blacks, gays are the enemy and there is no telling what these homophobes will do next.

    Posted by: Hassan | Aug 3, 2012 4:34:22 PM

  23. Yes @John, interesting that while you're working on "gay rights issues," you keep arguing Chick-Fil-A's side, questioning any boycott etc., and then agree that this guy's employer had every right to fire him. For what? Being rude to a clerk? If you're not a troll, you're sure impersonating one well on these stories.

    Posted by: Ernie | Aug 3, 2012 4:41:04 PM

  24. You get into a pissing match, you're bound to get splashed.

    Posted by: Steve | Aug 3, 2012 4:48:25 PM

  25. John-
    You're about as gay friendly as Mike Huckabee. Actually, Huckabee on two occasions said something remotely positive about the gay community. I hate when homophobes can't just OWN UP to being a homophobe. That goes for both gay and straight homophobes. Just own it. MAN UP. Grab your man parts and stick with your convictions. Stop trying to role play an act just to "fit in" on both sides.

    You can claim to not be homophobic until you run out of energy, but actions are what counts. What's scary is I think you have yourself convinced you don't have a bias against gays. Your words and comments on here have proven you to be both mentally unstable, homophobic and now I'd add delusion to the mix. Please seek help.

    Posted by: USC Trojans Fan | Aug 3, 2012 4:51:08 PM

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