Petitions Urge Authors of Bernstein Bears to Break Ties with Chick-fil-A
Here we are again. The gay community is trying to urge Harper Collins, the publishers of the children’s books Bernstein Bears, to sever all ties with Chick-fil-A restaurants. The Bernstein Bears’ authors came in to take over the spot of The Muppets when they left Chick-fil-A. The Muppets ceased their business relationship with the restaurant because they agree with gay activists say Chick-fil-A is practicing bigotry by supporting anti-gay organizations.
What do The Muppets and Bernstein Bears have to do with Chick-fil-A? Well, The Muppets had a contract to provide toys for the kid’s meals. Once the Muppets from Jim Henson Company left, the authors of Bernstein Bears came in to take the place of providing toys for the children’s meals. The bad thing about this whole scenario is the children who look forward to collecting the toys are being impacted over adult issues. Also, if the authors of the Bernstein Bears are pressured into leaving the restaurant, the children will once again be disappointed. Our question is: Is all of this worth the negative impact on the innocent little ones? They will ultimately find out what is going on and they are not old enough to deal with such issues.
But the authors of Berstein Bears say (see photo above) they had a contract with Chick-fil-A some time ago and it sounds like they do not plan on changing their agreement. We will have to see how Harper Collins deals with the issue from here.
The publisher of the Berenstain Bears children’s books is being urged to cut ties with Chick-fil-A because of its president’s statements opposing gay marriage.
Three organizations said Wednesday they delivered petitions with 80,000 signatures to HarperCollins. The petitions demand the New York-based publishing house end the Berenstain Bears’ affiliation with the national fast-food chain and say the beloved bears teach the importance of standing against bigotry.
The petitions urge HarperCollins to follow the lead of the Jim Henson Co., which pulled its Muppet toys from Chick-fil-A kids’ meals. A similar campaign with Berenstain Bears is slated for this month.
The creators of the Berenstain Bears, who are based in southeastern Pennsylvania, say they don’t have control over whether the promotion proceeds. They have asked people with concerns to contact HarperCollins.