As some gay activists are planning a “kiss-in” at Chick-fil-A franchises across the country today, the LA Times reports that a number of activists are “questioning whether such outward displays of affection will ultimately help or hurt their cause“:
But even among LGBT supporters, some wonder whether such an in-your-face act might be too provocative, or amount to taunting.
“I respect not patronizing their establishment … but by taunting them in their establishment is hate-filled and inciting anger and hate,” said one commenter on a Causes.com page urging people to participate in the kiss-in.
Suggested another: “Its okay to disagree but its not okay to confront a person on their views in such an aggressive and provocative manner. There are forums for that.”
Via Instapundit. Well, I did kiss a guy at Chick-fil-A Wednesday night and had he been more boyfriend, the kiss would have been, well, a little more affectionate. Anyway, I’m with Ed Morrissey (and Mike Huckabee!) on this one:
. . . there is nothing wrong with protesting over Chick-fil-A’s political connections or ownership’s political views, as long as protestors obey the law in doing so. That is a perfectly acceptable free-speech, free-market approach to disagreement within commerce. I’d rather see kiss-ins than lawsuits, for instance, and certainly more than seeing politicians extort businessmen to support their political agendas, as is exactly what Thomas Menino and Rahm Emanuel attempted to do in Boston and Chicago, respectively. Protests that don’t block customers from accessing the business or act violently are a good release valve for a free society.
Now, there is a difference between kissing someone out of affection and kissing someone to make a statement. And the latter seems to serve only to politicize an intimate gesture. So, the question we should ask is how will the kiss-in be seen?
And it may just be seen as a stunt designed to get attention. And that I why I doubt the kiss-in will do anything to promote a better image of gay people among social conservatives. This manner of protest does seem to be more, to borrow Ed’s expression, a “release valve” than anything else.
That said, those engage in this stunt should be free to do so, provided they don’t interfere with the freedom of individuals to buy a chicken meal at Chick-fil-A and enjoy it in peace.
FROM THE COMMENTS: V the K quips that, “The goal of the activists is to ‘shock the norms.’ I think they will he disappointed at how little the normies care.”