Antoine Dodson, the man that shot to fame after his “bed intruder” interview video went viral in 2010, is openly gay and proud — but he is still sticking up for Chick-Fil-A on his YouTube channel, casually sipping from a cup bearing the controversial brand’s logo as he affirms his love for their offerings.
It’s not that Antoine Dodson is unaware of Chick-Fil-A’s recent social media skirmishes regarding their stance on the issue of gay marriage — but for a multitude of reasons, Dodson is not bothered about the issue and feels that his dollars are well spent to support the workers that treat him nicely in the Chick-Fil-A branches he visits.
This writer can agree with Dodson to a point — if Chick-Fil-A’s stance was limited personally to Dan Cathy’s stance I don’t think we would be having this conversation at all, much less on the national level. While cries of “thought policing” have been ringing across the US since the controversy erupted, it really boils down to the fact that Chick-Fil-A donates profits to charities that work to actively deny gay people rights, and worse.
Ergo, when I spend five bucks at Chick-Fil-A, some of that money could go to ship a kid off to a camp where they torment him in the hopes of making him less gay. And that’s not very cool.
But back to Antoine Dodson. Dodson makes a compelling case for the gay Chick-Fil-A customer, saying that he bases his decision to eat there frequently on how he’s treated in his local Chick-Fil-A:
“The people at the restaurant are nice, they greet me kindly…I’m not supporting the hatin’ man in charge, I’m supporting them hard workers in the kitchen. They treated me well, so how can I fault them?”
True… Dodson’s argument is not entirely without merit, and the decision to boycott is a personal one. He explains that he has been under pressure by the gay community to speak on the issue:
“A lot of people from the gay community have been coming to me and telling me that I shouldn’t eat from Chick-fil-A, and I’m thinking like, ‘Oh my God, that’s so crazy. Why? They try to explain it to me about the gay marriage thing and how certain people from Chick-fil-A doesn’t approve of it.”
But Dodson explains that there are people in his own family that are anti-gay-marriage, and they’re still nice to him.
“Let me tell you this: I have uncles and aunties who do not approve of gay marriages, but they respect me. I don’t care about one person’s opinion or how they feel. That’s fine. Chick-fil-A makes good meals, and I eat there quite frequently. No one is going to stop me from eating there. If I’m going to have a Chick-fil-A sandwich, I’m going to have a Chick-fil-A sandwich.”
Dodson is also effusively upbeat about gay rights in America, and says that people who feel the same way Dan Cathy does don’t really bother him all that much — he explains:
“As far as people talking about my rights and things, I can go anywhere in the U.S. and buy a house, buy a car. I can do this, do that. I have rights and I’m gay..If I want to get married in the U.S., there are plenty of states I can get married in. I like to travel anyway.”
You can watch Antoine Dodson’s two Chick-Fil-A videos below — do you think he’s right that Chick-Fil-A’s anti-gay viewpoints are no big deal?