- Chick-fil-A has faced backlash after a tweet from her account sparked accusations of racism.
- The fast food chain apologized for the post, calling it “poor choice of words”.
Fast food chain Chick-fil-A has come under heavy criticism after a tweet posted from a corporate account sparked accusations of racism.
On Sept. 9, the restaurant chain responded to a tweet posted by a black Twitter user, username Don, about the chain’s Spicy Chicken Nuggets.
A business account for Chick-fil-A replied to the tweet, saying, “Your community will be the first to know if spicy foods are added to the permanent menu, Don!”
—Don (@KANYEISMYDAD) September 9, 2022
The response garnered nearly 9,000 retweets, with users accusing the company of using racially insensitive language with the phrase “your community”.
A commentator said: “You mean like the black community?”
The company apologized for the September 12 tweet.
A spokesperson for Chick-fil-A told Today: “The response was a poor choice of words but was in no way intended to be insensitive or disrespectful.
“We often use the term ‘community’ in a broader sense to refer to places where we operate restaurants and serve the surrounding community.”
Representatives for Chick-fil-A did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment made outside of normal working hours.
Chick-fil-A has faced backlash in the past for her stance on LGBTQ issues.
In 2019, the company withdrew its donations and support for three separate groups opposed to same-sex marriage. The move was aimed at ending protests against the restaurant and expanding its customer base.
In August of this year, a transgender woman told Insider that she was harassed, reported and fired while training as an operations manager at a Chick-fil-A franchise in Georgia.