The New Yorker’s Failed, Pathetic Attack on Chick-fil-A

By Rachel Alexander Published on April 14, 2018

Chick-fil-A stores are popping up in Manhattan, and one of the uppity liberals who writes for The New Yorker isn’t happy. Dan Piepenbring has written a vicious piece denouncing the popular chain for everything from its Christian ownership to its adorable cow ads. In “Chick-fil-A’s Creepy Infiltration of New York City,” he gripes that the fast-food giant is replacing mom-and-pop restaurants in NYC. But where was he when McDonald’s and Starbucks started replacing them?

The truth is, Piepenbring wouldn’t be attacking Chick-fil-A if its WinShape Foundation hadn’t donated to causes dedicated to the sanctity of marriage.

The truth is, Piepenbring wouldn’t be attacking Chick-fil-A if its WinShape Foundation hadn’t donated to causes dedicated to the sanctity of marriage. He uses it as a ruse to attack all kinds of things about the chain, absurd things. He exaggerates the Christian aspects of Chick-fil-A, portraying them as annoying, in-your-face features of the chain.

He refers to this derisively as “pervasive Christian traditionalism.” He cannot hide his contempt for Christians. But for the average person eating at Chick-fil-A, they likely wouldn’t notice much of a difference between the chain and a McDonald’s.

He is disgusted that Chick-fil-A’s headquarters in Atlanta “is adorned with Bible verses and a statue of Jesus washing a disciple’s feet.” But again, the average person eating at the chain would not see this.

He claims that “The restaurant’s corporate purpose still begins with the words ‘to glorify God,’ and that proselytism thrums below the surface of the Fulton Street restaurant, which has the ersatz homespun ambiance of a megachurch.” Yet there is no witnessing going on.

The interior doesn’t look like a megachurch. It looks like a McDonald’s. Piepenbring can’t cite one instance of the phrase “to glorify God” inside the chain.

Manhattanites Love Chick-fil-A

He claims that Chick-fil-A doesn’t fit in with Manhattan culture, jeering, “Its arrival in the city augurs worse than a load of manure on the F train.” Yet he grudgingly admits the popularity of the chain. “One of the Manhattan locations estimates that it sells a sandwich every six seconds, and the company has announced plans to open as many as a dozen more storefronts in the city.” Why does he get to decide what is Manhattan culture? Sounds like people in Manhattan are happy bringing Chick-fil-A into their culture.

He tries to portray the culture at Chick-fil-A as some kind of corporate Christian cult. But Chick-fil-A is the antithesis of cold corporate culture. It provides a family type of atmosphere for its workers. Parents love having their children work there. They are taught to say “my pleasure” in response to customers who thank them. Chick-fil-A provides tuition help up to $25,000 to help employees attend college. Its Christian ownership translates into treating employees and customers kindly.

Why does he get to decide what is Manhattan culture?

Piepenbring hates that the chain uses the word “community.” A plaque by some children’s books declares “our love for this local community.” What’s wrong with a company that tries to do good locally? He admits that Chick-fil-A “donates thousands of pounds of food to New York Common Pantry.”

He even faults Chick-fil-A for closing on Sundays, as if it’s a bad thing. The chain closes to recognize the Sabbath. But there’s nothing strange about that. Plenty of restaurants close over the weekend, when the Monday through Friday workday crowd disappears.

He Even Hates Cows

Incredibly, Piepenbring criticizes the funny Chick-fil-A mascot, the cow. The cute cows are featured in clever misspelled ads that instruct people to “Eat Mor Chikin.” Although they are wildly popular — people clearly like them — Piepenbring describes them in the worst way possible: “It’s worth asking why Americans fell in love with an ad in which one farm animal begs us to kill another in its place.” 

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The truth is, Piepenbring is an elitist who doesn’t represent the values of most Americans — or even Manhattanites. Chick-fil-A represents a cost-effective, healthy way for people to enjoy good food and happy workers. Piepenbring is so taken by his hatred of those who believe in the sanctity of marriage that his piece is delusional. Next up, we can expect to see the Christian satire site Babylon Bee penning an article on how Chick-fil-A requires its customers to sit through sermons given by workers while eating.


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  • lighthouseseeker

    Thanks for good laugh!

  • tz1

    Not merely a fail, an EPIC fail.
    I can only consider what happened when civilized men ecountered savages, e.g. Cortez and the Aztecs, or when encountering the Mauri in New Zealand or the Austrailian Aborigines.

    The left is beneath both. If they have a brain they aren’t using it.

    They are not reacting as G3 reacted to the US Declaration as much as a Vampire might react to a mirror or sunlight.

    The problem is rational people can see why a Natural Law bill of particular tyrannies can threaten a tyrant, but not how the mere presence of a fast-food franchise will destroy civilization as they know it. Well maybe it can, because they don’t know it, just feel it.

  • Chip Crawford

    Seems to be more of this lately. Glad for the push back; hope it keeps coming. They will try the limits. Like the outcry over some TV personalities’ slams and slurs, they must continue to be made to know it matters to a large and potent portion of the country.

  • Elizabeth Litts

    I am sure this clown is giving Chik-fl-a more business. People will go looking for all the lies he’s spewing and they will get good food and excellent service-with out a Bible in sight! Once again it blows up in their faces.

  • Steve

    It is good to see The New Yorker magazine is defining itself.

  • Ted Tedster

    The article was obviously sponsored by New York’s Halal foodtruck mafia.

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