Gonzo doesn’t have to worry about Camilla and his other chickens anymore, because the Muppets are officially going to be eating less chicken. In a Facebook note posted Friday evening, The Jim Henson Company, which currently offers toys in Chick-fil-A kids’ meals, announced that will no longer partner with the fast food chain on any future endeavors because of its anti-gay policies:
The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness for over fifty years and we have notified Chick-Fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors. Lisa Henson, our CEO is personally a strong supporter of gay marriage and has directed us to donate the payment we received from Chick-Fil-A to GLAAD. (http://www.glaad.org/)
It should come as no surprise that the Henson Company has taken this position, because the Muppets have long supported diversity in all its forms. Notably, Kermit and Miss Piggy’s interspecies relationship has always been a compelling allegory for non-traditional unions, like same-sex couples, and last year, Kermit even admitted that he had to “come out” as a mammal lover. If a group of entertainers as warm and inviting as the Muppets don’t want to affiliate with a company, that’s a very large indicator that its policies aren’t good for society.
It has been pointed out that the Jim Henson Company does not actually own The Muppets — The Walt Disney Company does, and has not made any comment about Chick-fil-A. Still, the Jim Henson Company is run by Henson’s children, who speak on behalf of his original vision for his beloved cast of characters.