IN SHORT ORDER, it’s become a foodstuff larded with sociocultural symbolism — meal as controversial metaphor, hot wing as hot-button issue. That’s right:
The Chik-fil-A chicken sandwich now doubles as a political pigskin.
The kerfuffle ruffled national feathers, of course, after Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy said on radio and in print that he supported a “traditional” Christian definition of matrimony and opposed same-sex marriage. After his words sparked calls to boycott the chain, several mayors — including D.C.’s Vincent Gray and Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel — said new Chik-fil-A eateries aren’t welcome in their cities; former guv/pundit Mike Huckabee helped stage a national Chik-fil-A appreciation day last Wednesday; and on Friday, “kiss-in” protests were held to oppose Chik-fil-A’s stance.
As the chicken-chain skirmishes burn on — over same-sex marriage and tolerance, over freedom of religion and free speech — artists, too, have turned up the rhetorical flame. Political cartoonists and “Mike du Jour” creator Mike Lester — who is syndicated by Washington Post Writers Group/News Service — posted pictures of himself eating at Chik-fil-A in support of the restaurants. Then came the return fire: The Salt Lake Tribune’s Pat Bagley told Comic Riffs on Saturday that in his latest cartoon on the issue, he depicts Lester himself chomping on a chicken — a sort of inside-baseball retort among cartoonists.
Amid all the debate, here are 10 Eye-Catching Chik-fil-A Cartoons: