After spending a year praising Days of Our Lives for the groundbreaking coming out storyline for Will Horton (Chandler Massey), The Advocate has taken a stance on Massey's on-screen aunt, Melissa Reeves', (Jennifer) support of Chick-fil-A — a company which has spent millions to fund anti-LGBT groups. Kudos to The Advocate!
Considering Reeves' "free speech" tweet was obviously a veiled, passive-aggressive attempt to support those who oppose gay rights—without having to come right out and do so—it is nice to see the leading LGBT publication in the country break it down as such:
Actually, the message that got somewhat lost in the Chick-fil-A controversy is not that company president Dan Cathy shouldn’t be able to state his opposition to marriage equality, but that the company is funding antigay organizations that have been designated “hate groups” — and LGBT people and their allies don’t want to be funneling money to them. A Daytime Confidential blogger makes this point, writing, “I guess Reeves sees absolutely nothing wrong with the chain working so hard to deny 10 percent of the population their civil rights.”
Ex-act-ly! Let's not play a game of Words With Friends. People who supported Jim Crow Laws in the 60's had a right to their freedom of speech too. Didn't make them any less bigoted. When Reeves tweeted what she did, on the day she did it—Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day—knowing fully well that the day was organized to support the company's "right" to support anti-LGBT organizations, she knew exactly what she was doing. She has her right to free speech, and so do all of us who oppose her bigoted, shameful beliefs.