‘Your community will be the first to know’: Chick-fil-A faces heat over racist tweet to Black customer query

'8 hours later and the racist tweet is still up. Damn I am in shock, actually no I'm not it's @ChickfilA, I shouldn't expect anything less,' said user

‘Your community will be the first to know’: Chick-fil-A faces heat over racist tweet to Black customer query
Chick-fil-A is being slammed as racist after a controversial reply on social media (Brandon Bell/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Chick-fil-A after facing heat for anti-LGBTQ stances last year, again got into trouble on the Internet. The fast-food restaurant chain got accused of being racist after telling a Black Twitter user that his “community” would be the first one to know when a new item gets stocked on the menu.
 
The alleged racist tweet was shared on September 9 via the official Twitter account of Chick-fil-A. Social media users quickly got into the action as they ripped apart the brand for being racist. The fast-food company then shared an official statement via NBC News saying it was a “poor choice of words.”
 
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The sign of a Chick-fil-A is seen July 26, 2012 in Springfield, Virginia. The recent comments on supporting traditional marriage which made by Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy has sparked a big debate on the issue.
The sign of a Chick-fil-A is seen July 26, 2012 in Springfield, Virginia. The recent comments on supporting traditional marriage which made by Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy has sparked a big debate on the issue. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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'Your community will be the first to know’

Chick-fil-A got brutally slammed on social media after a user tweeted the message “grilled spicy deluxe but still noooo spicy nuggets” to the fast-food giant’s official account. Reverting to this, Chick-fil-A said, “Your community will be the first to know if spicy items are added to the permanent menu, Don!” referring to adding spicy chicken nuggets to their menus.
 
It was also noted that the official Twitter account of the brand had been using the term “your community” quite frequently in some of their recent posts. Responding to the claims, Chick-fil-A in an official statement to NBC News, said, “The response was a poor choice of words but was not intended in any way to be insensitive or disrespectful.” The spokesperson added, “We often use the term ‘community’ in a broader sense to talk about places where we operate restaurants and serve the surrounding community.”

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‘Damn I am in shock’

Taking a dig at the fast-food company, one of the users asked, “Do you mean like the black community?” while another chimed in, “Chic…this aint a good look. What you meant by that specifically?” One user posted, “When I read this is a very clear they meant if the menu updates we will let everyone in the community where the store is located know. Why would spicy nuggets target only a single group of individuals? I for one love spicy nuggets.”
 
The next one tweeted, “Poor choice of words, but they mean the region where the customer resides.” Another shared, “8 hours later and this racist tweet is still up. Damn I am in shock, actually no I am not it's @ChickfilA , I shouldn't expect anything less.” Meanwhile, an individual asserted, “Still going for the lemonade now that you know Chick-fil-A is racist on top of homophobic? It's a bigot restaurant run by bigots who will use your money to support bigotry. Going in there is saying to the world "I'm a bigot!" And, one concluded, “Chick fil a can be racist as they want to it’s the price you pay for a spicy deluxe that warm your heart.” 

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A man passes by a Chick-fil-A July 26, 2012 in Springfield, Virginia. The recent comments on supporting traditional marriage which made by Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy has sparked a big debate on the issue.
A man passes by a Chick-fil-A July 26, 2012 in Springfield, Virginia. The recent comments on supporting traditional marriage which made by Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy has sparked a big debate on the issue. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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