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Tennessee Chick-Fil-A Vandalized With Pro-Gay Message: VIDEO


A Cookeville, Tennessee Chick-Fil-A got a facelift last week after vandals spray painted a message on the brick exterior of the establishment. Sprawled across the drive-thru line were the words: "God [Loves] Fags & Chicken!" The perpetrators are unknown, and Chick-Fil-A did not file a police report; the restaurant simply had the words removed with a pressure washing treatment. Still, the message is troubling for some gay rights advocates in the state who believe it does more harm than good.

News 2 Nashville reports:

The Tennessee Equality Project promotes equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in Tennessee. 

Executive Director Chris Sanders said no one affiliated with the TEP was involved in the vandalism and the TEP condemns it. 

"It concerns us because our community has been the victim of that kind of violence and continues to be," he said. "What if during this act of vandalism someone was shutting down the Chick-fil-A or the cleaning crew was leaving and there had been a violent confrontation?"

Bias motivated vandalism and property damage is a relatively rare crime. 

According to the TBI, in 2012 there were a total of nine incidents, eight were anti-homosexual and one was anti-heterosexual. 

"We understand why people get angry about things in the news, things that happen and things that effect equality but there are very productive peaceful ways of dealing with them we think," Sanders said. 

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  1. You're making a bunch of unfounded assumptions, and since when is "f*g" considered pro-gay?

    Posted by: niles | Jan 14, 2014 6:26:50 PM

  2. It is entirely possible that an anti-gay vandal wrote it to implicate us. I agree with Niles, there is nothing pro-gay about that vandalism.

    Posted by: Seansie | Jan 14, 2014 6:46:34 PM

  3. "God [Loves] F*gs & Chicken!" is a "pro-gay message"? Oh Joey, say it ain't so!

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Jan 14, 2014 6:59:40 PM

  4. I think it's hilarious. It's not anti heterosexual and Chik Fil A supports fascism. So f*** tbem.

    Posted by: MaryM | Jan 14, 2014 7:21:01 PM

  5. I agree with SEANSIE. The image I had in my mind was from the movie "Mean Girls" when the meanest girls writes terrible things about herself in 'the book' and then turns it in to the principal crying about how hurt she is.

    Anti-LGBTs always have to straw-man LGBTs. Now they're vandalizing in our name and then crying foul.

    Posted by: kim | Jan 14, 2014 7:22:30 PM

  6. I think it's a fine message, myself. I love fags and chickens, too, after all. Both are good, aren't they?

    And there's no point in getting mad because all gay people don't act the same or protest in the same ways. That'll never happen, and extreme protests just make non-extreme protests seem not radical, which is good.

    That said, loving fags and chickens does not strike me as extreme, since millions of us love fags and chickens, too.

    Posted by: Edgar Carpenter | Jan 14, 2014 9:27:58 PM

  7. I'm with EDGAR CARPENTER on this one, though I personally really don't like that F-word.

    Posted by: David R. | Jan 14, 2014 10:55:49 PM

  8. That's the funniest vandalism statement I've seen, since someone spray-painted "SATIN RULES" next to a pentagram on the side of my hometown laundromat.

    Posted by: FFS | Jan 15, 2014 12:05:42 AM

  9. @David R. It seems that in England, that 'F' word means cigarettes. Maybe the vandal was a Brit who smoked and liked to eat chicken.

    Not that I really expect that to be the case.

    Posted by: Bill | Jan 15, 2014 2:52:21 AM

  10. It's frightening to think that somebody on staff @ Towleroad actually thinks "God loves f*gs and chicken" is a Pro-Gay message. That sure doesn't speak well of the State of Gay blogging in the early 21st century. Frank Kameny and Barbara Gittings must be twisting in their graves!

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Jan 15, 2014 9:27:38 AM

  11. It's such a strange thing to say.

    Posted by: anon | Jan 15, 2014 10:17:30 AM

  12. Hopefully the criminals responsible for this vandalism will be arrested and prosecuted.

    Posted by: andrew | Jan 15, 2014 1:14:27 PM

  13. why all the head scratching? clearly many homosexual men use "fag" regularly and it's also turning "god hates fags" on its head.

    also, this vandalism will be an important rallying cry of persecution on the right.

    juvenile leftists shooting our movt in the foot, once again. oh well.

    Posted by: jaker | Jan 15, 2014 3:21:04 PM

  14. Oh, if this could only be done to -every- Chick Fil A with a substance that you can power-wash off and with much more intelligence in the content. Act UP!

    Posted by: BrokebackBob | Jan 15, 2014 5:45:16 PM

  15. I meant "CAN'T" power wash off. DOH!

    Posted by: BrokebackBob | Jan 15, 2014 5:45:58 PM

  16. yeah, act up with it's juvenile anarchy gets a lot accomplished


    Posted by: jaker | Jan 15, 2014 6:12:09 PM

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