It is harrowing and unsettling that Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day was such a resounding success. Even before the reports, you could feel it via social media boasting.
The Internet is a cesspool of hatred, particularly Twitter — if you are a thinking and feeling person and want to despair over the state humanity, search any trending hashtag alongside the word "gay" or any epithet. Generally, these barbs of animosity feel tossed-off, but there was a unity and organization of Chick-Fil-A sentiment that felt crucial — a very concrete showing of what we're up against. It's not a million little monsters anymore; it's one big monster.
This week, people proudly and tangibly exhibited the staunch belief that damn it, an institution is more important than the quality of actual human lives that could benefit from equality, that the moral thing to do is to side with ideas and not people. We now know how gigantic the wall of wrongheadedness that casts a shadow over society is. And as with Sarah Palin, what's creepy is how palpable the glee is. Furthermore, it's morbidly fascinating to stare into the happy and placid faces of the Twitter avatars of those who tweeted their support of the company. These are faces that in another context would seem trustworthy, friendly, agreeable. Below are 15. Surface-level digging could reveal thousands.
Top photo credit: AP.