Chick-fil-A found itself in hot water for a tweet that allegedly called out a customer’s race.
On Friday, September 9th, a Black man that goes by the Twitter name Don tagged the fast-food chain in a post expressing his disappointment that the company has yet to bring back the Spicy Nuggets to its menu amid the recent return of the restaurant’s fan-favorite Grilled Spicy Deluxe Sandwich.
— Don (@KANYEISMYDAD) September 9, 2022
The official Twitter account for Chick-fil-A directly responded to the tweet, writing, “Your community will be the first to know if spicy items are added to the permanent menu, Don!”
Your community will be the first to know if spicy items are added to the permanent menu, Don!
— Chick-fil-A, Inc. (@ChickfilA) September 9, 2022
Reactions to Chick-fil-A’s ‘your community’ tweet
Several Twitter users called out Chick-fil-A’s for using the phrase “your community” in its tweet, wondering whether the chain was deliberately targeting Don’s race.
Do you mean like the black community?
— Dula Prep (@udontknowB) September 10, 2022
Chic…this aint a good look. What you meant by that specifically?
— Trey (@_SoyKalimbaa) September 10, 2022
explain yourself – QUICKLY. 🤨 pic.twitter.com/AaFeMqfuEn
— Tenille. (@tenilleclarke1) September 10, 2022
— Quashana (@QuashanaF) September 12, 2022
Some Twitter users, on the other hand, argued that there shouldn’t be an issue at all, as the phrase “your community” is a common response from the chain’s social media account regardless of the race of the customer it is talking to.
All jokes aside, they reply like this frequently. pic.twitter.com/RWmEyGDpud
— FixItJesus (@FactsinatedbyTV) September 10, 2022
Y’all hilarious! 😂 pic.twitter.com/67Z0f723yl
— DKG (@dennis_k_g) September 10, 2022
Do you not live in a community with a chick-fil-a? I live in a community with a chick-fil-a and that would be the “your community” being referred to
— Chris (@pinacolada04) September 12, 2022
Meanwhile, other Twitter users including members of the Black community just decided to make light of the situation by making jokes about the awkwardness of how the response appeared.
Chick Fil A said “We know how you people like spicy…”
— Naima Cochrane (@naima) September 11, 2022
“wdym by your community???” wrote a Twitter user alongside an image of a pensive Black Charlie Brown, staring outside of a window. For the uninitiated, editing a kente hat onto a meme is usually meant to evoke that serious (or unserious) conversations about race are occurring.
wdym by your community??? pic.twitter.com/0hFx5U376A
— jaxmostwanted (@jaxmostwanted) September 10, 2022
“Oh we going to popeyes tonight,” tweeted another user, who shared a photoshopped image of Abbot Elementary stars looking on in distaste with kente hats on top of their heads.
oh we going to popeyes tonight pic.twitter.com/p8ccXy5vX8
— RIPPING THE BONG WHILE I TWEET (@ScOOpisHIGH) September 10, 2022
“Now what community is that?!” replied another Twitter user with a kente edit of Tariq, the Corn Kid.
— 📿✨🔮Lovely🔮✨📿 (@lola_bluu) September 10, 2022
Chick-fil-A’s response to racism claims
After its tweet went viral, a spokesperson for Chick-fil-A sent a statement to TODAY, denying the racism allegations.
“The response was a poor choice of words but was not intended in any way to be insensitive or disrespectful,” read the statement. “We often use the term ‘community’ in a broader sense to talk about places where we operate restaurants and serve the surrounding community.”
Despite admitting that the controversial tweet contains poorly chosen words, the chain has yet to delete the post. As of press time, the tweet received 11,500 likes, over 7100 quote tweets, and more than 1800 retweets.
8 hours later and this racist tweet is still up. Damn I am in shock , actually no I am not it’s @ChickfilA , I shouldn’t expect anything less.
— Jerome (@myjerome76) September 10, 2022