I recently learned that "Martha Speaks," a children's show on PBS, is sponsored by Chick-Fil-A. As soon as I saw that, I changed the channel and sent PBS a strongly-worded email (to which I received an annoying canned response two weeks later). I told my son that we wouldn't be watching "Martha Speaks" anymore. He asked me why. I explained sponsorship, and said that we didn't like Chick-Fil-A because they're mean. I didn't get into why they're mean because he's four, and he doesn't need to learn about bigots yet.
The other day, we were at the supermarket, and he asked me again about Chick-Fil-A. I told him to wait until we got to the car. On the way home, this was our conversation:
"You know when when two grown-ups are in love, they can get married? Like me and your father..." and I gave three more examples- a straight couple we're friends with, his great-grandparents, and our lesbian cousins (who are, indeed, married- yay for Massachusetts).
"That's pretty cool, right? Maybe someday you'll get married."
"Do you see those two people walking down the street? Do you care if they're married?"
"Huh? Jenn, why do we hate Chick-Fil-A?"
"I'm getting to that. Whether or not they're married, it doesn't affect you, right?"
"Well, the people that run Chick-Fil-A- which, by the way, is a fast food restaurant, so we'd never go there anyway- they think there should be rules about who can marry who. They want to make a law that says you could marry Sally, but not Tommy. Is that fair?" (Not their real names.)
"That's right. It's not fair. That's mean, and it's none of their business who you marry. So that's why we don't support them."
"Maybe we should warn them that we won't go there."
"Well, there are different ways to protest something. Some people send letters. Some people stand outside with signs. What we're doing, is just not eating there, or watching 'Martha Speaks.' And if it ever comes up in conversation, we can tell our family and friends that we don't support them, and why. But I did email PBS. And there are plenty of people out there telling Chick-Fil-A that they're mean already."
"Where is Chick-Fil-A?"
"There aren't really any nearby."
"Well, I think we should we should go there and throw a hadouken at them."
If you would like to throw a digital hadouken at PBS, you can do so here.