If you think political talk radio is a brutal place, you should try sports talk radio. In the world of news talk, you have a biased hosed with a political agenda attempting to spin current events to make you see them his way. In the world of sports talk, you largely have a field of minds so jammed with statistics and dates that they are unable to form a point of view on anything other than a simple Vegas line, let alone manage to try to find a way to spin the event for the mindless masses who tune it. This can make listening to channels like Mad Dog Radio on Sirius and XM Radio an exercise in frustration. Yet it is an exercise that I perform almost daily, and occasionally I call in to try to straighten some of these guys out. My latest beef? The New York Knicks.
Chick Fil A enters the world of Conspiracy Theories with it's American Idol upset.
Just how far can one organization go on a chicken sandwich and a full tank of hate? According to some gay groups, pretty damned far. It appears that they can even overcome the will of the general public and change the outcome of elections. They can vote multiple times, and keep the best man from winning. They can turn a singer who is barely qualified to sing at the Grand Opening of a Shopping Center into an American Idol. How? Read on, readers.
I went to my yahoo page, and saw this headline pop up, and of course it caught my attention. "How the Hate Filled Agenda of Chick-fil-A Failed to Defeat Adam Lambert." So of course, I'm curios as to who this Adam Lambert character is, and what in the world did the "Eat More Chicken" cows do to him. The story goes something like this...
What does Chick-fil-A have to do with Adam Lambert and American Idol? It is said that Dan Cathy is very particular about who he allows to purchase a Chick-fil-A franchise. The company looks for people who share Cathy's right winged religious beliefs. In my opinion it was anti-gay sentiments that motivated Allen Kiser, the Chick-fil-A franchise owner in Conway, Arkansas, to spend thousands of dollars to keep Adam Lambert from becoming the Season 8 American Idol winner.
Adam Lambert had not disclosed his orientation during his stint on American Idol, but his Rolling Stone announcement was no surprise. Chick-fil-A is appalled at local governments that have interfered with their right to open a business, but didn't they go way overboard when they intervened in a reality singing contest when votes determine the outcome? That is exactly what Allen Kiser did. I do not know whether he acted alone or with the blessing and financial support of Dan Cathy at Chick-fil-A headquarters.
While every measurable indicator favored an Adam Lambert victory around the nation, back in Conway, Arkansas Chick-fil-A mounted a campaign to change that outcome. Week after week people gathered to vote at Chick-fil-A sponsored events. It was not just ordinary voting, but power texting with multiple phones and after hour voting with West coast go-phones. Voters were encouraged to vote thousands of times each with free food and prizes. It was an appealing incentive in this sleepy college town.
Keep in mind that they could rack up an impressive number of votes. 10,000 votes from 2,000 people = 20 million votes, 3,000 people = 30 million votes. There were about 3,000 people at the Vote Party on the night of the final. Allen Kiser attended with his Chick-fil-A cows baring name tags that identified themselves as Vote Party "Staff". For weeks Kiser stuffed his take out sandwich bags with "Vote Party" fliers at his local restaurant, he fed the late night voters free sandwiches, he gave out hundreds of food coupons and Chick-fil-A toy stuffed cows. Kaiser made up gift baskets as prizes for the highest voters and a grand prize of free food for a year.
The result was that a very ordinary singer won the contest. It very well may have seemed like a victory for the haters, but forces in the universe have a way of correcting evil. Now, over three years later, Adam Lambert has a #1 Billboard hit with his sophomore album Trespassing. Lambert mesmerized the world with his European tour as the frontman for the iconic band Queen. Yesterday fans were trending worldwide begging Adam Lambert for a Trespassing tour. Lambert's star is on the rise, and the guy that a homophobic fast food restaurant supported to defeat gay Adam Lambert? He is opening outlet malls.
The lesson to be learned is expressed in Lambert's own words: Adam Lambert - "Love overcomes hate. Love has no color. Love has no orientation. All is love."
As you can see, I have included a picture of the very flyer that the chicken people used to try to defeat the gay singer, simply because he was gay. I can't think of any other reason why Chick-Fil-A and the people of Conway Arkansas would want him to lose. Well, except for maybe this one thing I found in an article linked at the bottom of that post.
Everywhere we've gone over the past 24 hours in Conway, there's Kris Allen. From the remarkably lifelike cardboard cutout created by one of the founders of the Kris Allen Kick Awesome Task Force to a flier for the "American Idol" viewing party tonight at the basketball arena at his alma mater tucked into a to-go meal at the local Chik-fil-A, Allen is everywhere in his hometown.
Yes, you read that right. His hometown. And herein lies the difficulty facing the gay community in this fight vs. Chick Fil A. You just don't understand marketing. So when you see a local businessman who seizes on the opportunity to ride the local enthusiasm all the way to chicken sandwich dominance, you instead see it as some rich guy going out of his way to screw a gay dude over. Newsflash. He was using the local excitement to get his product out there in front of the public.
Recently, this lack of marketing was evidenced by the gay community boycotting Chick Fil A, and the religious community supporting them. The supports got to spend $6 and get a delicious chicken sandwich. The gays spent $6 and got no sandwich and had to kiss a dude. See why you're losing this one, gay people?
You're not going to win this battle by posting half stories that can be easily debunked to try and further your cause. The only way to win this battle is simple and clear. What's up with that anyway? I thought you gays were supposed to be able to cook. You're going to have to make a better chicken sandwich. I think it was someone named Adam Lambert who said something along the lines of...
"Chicken Sandwich overcomes hate. Chicken Sandwich has no color. Chicken Sandwich has no orientation. Chicken Sandwich is love."
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