Spicy nuggets have sparked a storm of faux outrage against Chick-fil-A, after the company informed a fan of the chain that he’d be “the first to know” when the item would be available in his area.
The tweet that inspired more than 1,600 comments from triggered users who slammed the oft-maligned eatery as racist was so innocuous, it boggles any sane mind, but the backlash that followed garnered headlines and forced the company to issue a statement to clarify what was already abundantly clear.
It started with a tweet last Friday to the Chick-fil-A account that read, “grilled spicy deluxe but still noooo spicy nuggets.”
The person working the Chick-fil-A Twitter account that day replied with a cheerful, “Your community will be the first to know if spicy items are added to the permanent menu, Don!”
Your community will be the first to know if spicy items are added to the permanent menu, Don!
— Chick-fil-A, Inc. (@ChickfilA) September 9, 2022
And… well, and nothing. That right there is the entire scandal.
Because “Don” is black, Chick-fil-A needed to be brought to its knees for something only a racist would think was a racist comment.
“wdym by your community???” replied one user.
His response has, so far, been “liked” nearly 21,000 times, making one wonder if woke Twitter has finally lost its collective mind.
wdym by your community??? pic.twitter.com/0hFx5U376A
— jaxmostwanted (@jaxmostwanted) September 10, 2022
From there, the race card was battered about like a virtual hacky sack, with others rushing to pretend they were offended.
As a publicist, Tenille must have seen an opportunity to appear relevant, so she jumped right in.
“[E]xplain yourself – QUICKLY,” she demanded.
explain yourself – QUICKLY. 🤨 pic.twitter.com/AaFeMqfuEn
— Tenille. (@tenilleclarke1) September 10, 2022
More absurd tweets followed.
What do you mean by that? pic.twitter.com/SCxq7xQ3wn
— ENNY🤎 (@FinesseEness) September 10, 2022
What community? I want specifics. pic.twitter.com/NxNwJITRtt
— Richard Freeman (@Durden112) September 10, 2022
“Your community” sounds like the 0 sugar version or niggas🤔😂 pic.twitter.com/IZdZC94N3P
— tray (@tray05759714) September 10, 2022
Even the user who tweeted the original response admitted it was a joke, but by then, it didn’t seem to matter. Everyone else, including Chick-fil-A, were determined to take him seriously.
it’s a joke bruh calm down mfs know what they meant 😂
— jaxmostwanted (@jaxmostwanted) September 11, 2022
For doing absolutely nothing wrong, Chick-fil-A caved to a non-existent mob and issued a public statement to NBC News.
“The response was a poor choice of words but was not intended in any way to be insensitive or disrespectful,” a spokesperson said. “We often use the term ‘community’ in a broader sense to talk about places where we operate restaurants and serve the surrounding community.”
And while @jaxmostwanted may have found the blinding display of virtue signaling that followed his “joke” hilarious, others were not amused.
“Most in these comments aren’t joking and you probably weren’t either,” one user replied. “But this is no joking matter. 1st a Duke volleyball player lies about racism and now this. All in a few days.”
“Fake racism weakens real racism,” the user wisely warned. “So not something to joke about.”
Most in these comments aren’t joking and you probably weren’t either. But this is no joking matter. 1st a Duke volleyball player lies about racism and now this. All in a few days. Fake racism weakens real racism. So not something to joke about
— Nonamee (@indicolt3434) September 11, 2022
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