Fast food chain restaurant Chick-Fil-A pulls Jim Henson's Creature Shop Puppet Kids Meal toys, citing the action as a safety issue.
Last week, The Jim Henson Company announced that it was severing its relationship with Chick-fil-A over the fast food chain's activist opposition to same sex marriage, writing on its own Facebook page that it would donate any profits from its Creature Shop Puppet Kids Meal toy partnership to GLAAD. Now, according to Business Insider, Chick-fil-A is striking back.
Earlier this week, the restaurant pulled the toys outright, but instead of citing the political friction, Chick-Fil-A framed it as a safety issue.
"We apologize for any inconvenience but as of 7/19/2012 Chick-fil-A has voluntarily recalled all of the Jim Henson's Creature Shop Puppet Kids Meal toys due to a possible safety issue," the company posted in counter-top signs at its various locations, as the Business Insider reported. "Please be advised that there have not been any cases in which a child has actually been injured, however there have been some reports of children getting their fingers stuck in the holes of the puppets. We are offering a substitution of a complimentary kids Icedream cone in its place until a replacement toy is available. Thank you."
A representative for Chick-fil-A said the recall had nothing to do with Friday's Henson announcement.
Meanwhile, Boston mayor Thomas Menino has vowed to keep his city Chick-fil-A-free, while radio host and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is holding a Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day to show support for the chain's anti-gay marriage stance.
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.