The Jim Henson Company, the creative force behind beloved shows such as “The Muppets,” “Fraggle Rock” and “Labyrinth,” has severed ties with Chick-fil-A due to the fast food chain’s CEO’s recent comments opposing same-sex marriage.
According to a “Muppets” fan site, The Jim Henson Company had partnered with Chick-Fil-A to feature Henson’s Creature Shop toys — “essentially a plastic tube with cut-out features for customizing your own puppet” — in their kid’s meals from mid-July until August 18th.
On Friday, the Jim Henson Company posted the following statement to their Facebook page:
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.
The Jim Henson Company joins Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, who has said Chick-fil-A is not welcome in his city, Office star and Atlanta native Ed Helms who tweeted that the chain had “lost a loyal fan,” and the countless individuals who have taken to social media to voice disapproval.