In what has to be the most unintentionally ironic poster and event name ever, a local Chick-fil-A in the Charlotte area is hosting an “Over the Rainbow Family Night” in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.

As you might already be well aware, Chick-fil-A has been embroiled in controversy over its owner’s thoughts on marriage equality and the company’s past funding of anti-LGBT organizations (which decreased dramatically last year).

So, when a reader popped in and found this poster at the Afton Ridge Chick-fil-A in Concord, he couldn’t resist sending it to us.

To the average LGBT person, the rainbow-ed poster and words “Over the Rainbow” might immediately bring to mind visions of Judy Garland, LGBT equality or inclusion. (We’re not always fans of Wikipedia, but if you need a quick primer check out “Judy Garland as gay icon,” “Friend of Dorothy” and “Rainbow flag.”)

But, I’m more than certain that’s not what the poster’s creator exactly had in mind. I’m not entirely sure what local Chick-fil-A workers would do if they suddenly found their dining room full of LGBT parents and their kids.

Either way, happy St. Patrick’s Day, y’all!


Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.