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The Blurry Line Between Chick-fil-A and Chatty Cathy

Chick-fil-A President and COO Dan Cathy
Chick-fil-A President and COO Dan CathyPhotograph by William Plowman/AP Photo

Can an executive’s views be separate from his company’s? Dan Cathy, Chick-fil-A president and chief operating officer, took to Twitter earlier this week to comment on the Supreme Court’s ruling in two cases related to same-sex marriage. “Sad day for our nation; founding fathers would be ashamed of our gen,” he wrote. “[T]o abandon wisdom of the ages re: cornerstone of strong societies.” Cathy deleted the post from Twitter but it had already made its way into the news.

Chick-fil-A issued a statement about his “personal comment” the next day: “Dan recognizes his views do not necessarily represent the views of all Chick-fil-A customers, restaurant owners and employees, so he removed the tweet to eliminate any confusion.” A company spokeswoman wrote on Twitter: “Dan Cathy, like everyone in this country, has his own views.”