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04/19/2007


Chipotle Promotes Sodomy!

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Chipotle is receiving some religious right-wing outrage thanks to their show of support at Pride festivals this past weekend in Washington, DC and Philadelphia. "Chipotle Tex-Mex Chain, Founded by Open Homosexual, Promoting Sodomy in Pride Parades Nationwide," Christian News screams:

Chipotle2"During both events, the chain utilized a float upon which sat a man riding a giant burrito wrapped in tin foil. On the side of the float was a sign that read 'So big you can ride it,' with an image  of a rainbow-wrapped burrito in the center.

The Chipotle logo was also displayed prominently on the float as it made its way down the street while thousands watched and cheered."

Chipotle employees were also spotted wearing, “Homo estas?” t-shirts, "a pun of 'Como estas?' which means 'How are you?' in Spanish."

Chipotle has been vocal about its' support for gay rights. Back in March, the fast food chain pulled sponsorship of the Boy Scouts' Scout-O-Rama fundraiser event in Utah, citing the company's policy not to support organizations that discriminate against individuals based on their sexual orientation.

Christian News notes, "The Scout policy was reportedly brought to the company’s attention by homosexual advocates." You'll recall a Towleroad reader, along with Think Progress, reached out to Chipotle, expressing concern over their initial sponosorship of the Boy Scout event. Christian News also attributes Chipotle founder Steve Ells' sexuality, "as a likely a factor in the company’s activism."

(Flickr images via Adam Fagen)


Chipotle Cancels Sponsorship of Boy Scouts Event

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Chipotle has canceled its sponsorship of a Boy Scouts Event in Utah.

Think Progress reports:

In an email, company spokesman Chris Arnold wrote:

By way of follow up, we have terminated our sponsorship of this event.

As I mentioned yesterday, community support decisions like this are made in a decentralized way and this one was inconsistent with our own policy. We believed that terminating the sponsorship and remaining consistent with our policy was the right thing to do, and we have reinforced our policy with the team that makes these decisions to try to prevent similar issues in the future.

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Chipotle Does Not Support Companies That Discriminate Against Gays Unless They Are the Boy Scouts [tlrd]


Chipotle Does Not Support Companies That Discriminate Against Gays Unless They Are the Boy Scouts

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UPDATE: They canceled.

Yesterday I posted an item noting that donations to Utah Scout-O-Rama, the annual fundraiser for the Great Salt Lake Council, had fallen from $70,000 to $8,000 because of complaints over the BSA's anti-gay policies.

In that item was a note that Chipotle Mexican Grill was providing food for the event.

Towleroad received an email from a reader who complained to Chipotle about its decision to support the Utah Scout-O-Rama. The company said that it was ignoring its own policies against discrimination to support the event:

Paul,

Thanks for sharing your concern. Due to the strength of the Scouting community in Salt Lake, it's a chance for us to connect with customers in that community. It is our hope the the Scouts will be more inclusive soon.

In truth, our involvement with the fundraiser is inconsistent with our policy of not supporting organizations that discriminate against sexual orientation, race, and other personal factors. Our intention was not to express support of any Boy Scout policies but to support the children in the Scouts in Utah, many of whom are fans and customers of ours. We are sorry for how our decision to support this fundraiser affect you.

We will continue to support the LGBT community by sponsoring Pride festivals and other events. Chipotle would not be what it is today without gay people, and we are appreciative of our gay fans and gay coworkers.

We appreciate your genuine concern and hope that you will visit our restaurants in the future.

Sincerely,
Louisa

Louisa Nickel | Customer Service Consultant
Chipotle Mexican Grill

Think Progress reached out to Chipotle company spokesman Chris Arnold and he basically told them the same thing:

We have built our brand largely by reaching out to people on a grassroots level and have done that working with a variety of community groups around the country, including school groups, youth sports, pride events, music festivals, food events and farmers’ markets, among many others. Our intention in doing that isn’t to endorse the policies of those groups, but rather to reach individuals (in this case the scouts themselves) through groups that are important in a given community. These decisions are made by a team of people around the country with the intention of connecting our restaurants with people in those communities.

That being said, this decision is not consistent with our own values, and we have used this opportunity to reinforce those values with the team that makes those decisions for us.

How do you feel about Chipotle supporting the Boy Scouts?


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