Cracker Barrel is facing calls for a boycott from critics who object to the restaurant chain that shows support for LGBTQ+ people.
The restaurant, known for its down-home decor, rustic Southern-themed menu and reasonable prices, on Thursday posted a Facebook post celebrating June as Pride Month, with a photo of a rocking chair painted in the colors of the rainbow that has come to represent the LGBTQ+ community.
“We are excited to celebrate Pride Month with our employees and guests,” the restaurant wrote. “Everyone is always welcome at our table (and our swing). Happy Pride!”
Lauren Chen, host of conservative news outlet BlazeTV and a contributor to conservative youth organization Turning Point USA, urged consumers to avoid Cracker Barrel, pointing to the company’s Pride Day post.
“Luckily, that makes it easier than ever to skip this average restaurant whenever someone recommends it,” she said. chirp. “Everyone else should do their part and skip eating at Cracker Barrel, too.”
Cracker Barrel’s post also drew many responses from social media users cheering the company’s efforts to recognize Pride Month.
“My mom works at Cracker Barrel after retirement,” one Twitter user wrote. “My brother is gay. This will make her day. I’ll be sure to take my family. Thanks for sharing.”
Headquartered in Tennessee, Cracker Barrel opened It established its first location in 1969 and now operates 664 locations across the country and employs approximately 73,000 employees. In the third quarter, the publicly traded series mentioned It earned $16.8 million on revenue of $833 million, up 5.4% over the same period last year.
Cracker Barrel did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In 1999, former President Bill Clinton first specific June is Pride Month, which has its roots in the flurry of activity that followed. In 2011, the appointment was expanded under former President Barack Obama to include intersex and transgender people.
Recently, however, the LGBTQ+ movement has become another cultural battleground, with an array of companies and brands facing backlash in support of Pride.
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