The fast food chain Chik-Fil-A’s recent confirmation of a vehement stance against marriage equality prompted a fascinating response from The Henson Company earlier this week. In reply to the chain, the company’s CEO—Jim Henson’s daughter Lisa—declared the company’s support of equal marriage rights, making it known that every cent gained from the partnership between the food chain (Muppet toys were available in Chik-Fil-A meals) and the Henson Company would be donated to GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation).
Many are insisting that this could only be expected from the company that brought you a pair of roommates with almost-matching wardrobes. But while ruminating on Bert and Ernie’s potential love life may have the general public snickering—although that joke has been going for so long that it might actually no longer be funny—what doesn’t seem to enter the conversation are the places where Henson worlds and creations make a point of opening the doors to understanding.
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crossposted to Joak.