LifeHacker engages in culture war activism with cheap shot at Chick-fil-A

Over the past few years, Lifehacker has drifted into political waters.
Calvin Freiburger By Calvin Freiburger

Calvin Freiburger By Calvin Freiburger

August 19, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Far-left consumers may want nothing to do with Chick-fil-A over the Christian values of the restaurant chain’s owners, but that doesn’t mean they don’t still feel the pull of their popular chicken.

Lifehacker, a Gizmodo Media Group (formerly Gawker) website dedicated to technology tricks and lifestyle/convenience tips, published on Friday a post by food and beverage editor Claire Lower on how to replicate Chick-fil-A’s chicken nuggets at home, in order to “avoid involvement” with the company’s “wildly problematic politics.”

For years, LGBT activists have attempted to brand Chick-fil-A as “hateful” due to CEO Dan Cathy’s stated opposition to same-sex “marriage” and the company’s donations to social conservative groups such as Family Research Council and Focus on the Family. But while the chain has run afoul of the occasional college campus or city government, the complaints have largely fallen on deaf ears.

Chick-fil-A enjoys tremendous success (having recently been named the third largest restaurant chain in the U.S.) and an overwhelmingly positive reputation due to its service as well as its charitable bent and volunteerism during tragedies and disasters. Furthermore, for all the “anti-LGBT” branding, many homosexual employees and customers have attested to positive, welcoming experiences with Chick-fil-A.

Various social media users criticized Lifehacker for its editorializing on Chick-fil-A:

“The return of the Chick-Fil-A culture war (especially over donations to the freaking Salvation Army) is tiresome,” one commenter wrote. “I’m curious how a franchise has personally affected you,” another asked an anti-Chick-fil-A reader. “I grew up LGBTQ, in an LGBTQ family, and the only personal effect was a lack of delicious chicken (and craft supplies bc Hobby Lobby). Not that we were ever turned away, its [sic] just that eating out is expensive.”

Lifehacker was once a largely-apolitical oasis amid a sea of far-left Gawker/Gizmodo Media websites (such as the pro-abortion Jezebel). Over the past few years it has shifted more in line with its internet siblings, however, from promoting in 2017 a video packaging pro-abortion talking points as “correcting misconceptions,” to an article this May walking readers through “How to Divest From the Corporations Funding Abortion Bans.”

Finished reading? Want to make a difference?

You depend on our news reporting. We depend on you. Make an impact today.

Share this article