Jane Lynch, a lesbian actress who plays gym coach Sue Sylvester on “Glee,” brought the eatery into her introduction of Roseanne at the Hollywood Palladium in California Saturday night.
With female celebrities including Carrie Fisher, Katey Sagal and Ellen Barkin participating in the roast of Barr, Lynch said, “This show is serving up more old spoiled hens than a Chick-fil-A. Oh, that reminds me … F— Chick-fil-A.”
The Huffington Post notes, “Judging from the riotous laughter and applause the joke received, there were few Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day attendees in the audience.”
Lynch, the roastmaster for the evening, is an outspoken lesbian who married her partner Lara Embry in 2010, and explained her coming out in her 2010 book titled “Happy Accidents.”
As WND reported last week, Americans flocked in massive numbers to Chick-fil-A restaurants Aug. 1 in a national show of support for the eatery after the company’s president publicly stated his support for the biblical definition of marriage between one man and one woman.
Some 600,000 people had signed up to celebrate Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day today, which former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee created to counter a boycott launched by same-sex marriage activists last week after Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy said he was “guilty as charged” for not supporting homosexual marriage.
“The goal is simple,” Huckabee wrote on Facebook. “Let’s affirm a business that operates on Christian principles and whose executives are willing to take a stand for the godly values we espouse by simply showing up and eating at Chick fil-A on Wednesday, August 1.”
Robin Minichino of Stuart, Fla., was eating lunch with some friends at a Chick-fil-A, and told WND, “I’m a Christian and I believe in the Christian values and this is just an awesome, amazing thing. I’m so proud to see so many people out here today supporting [Chick-fil-A]. The people in there are so accommodating. They’re helping out. Even the patrons are so kind enough to share tables with other people because it’s so packed in there, you can’t find a seat.”
Asked whether she was confident the restaurant chain would survive criticism from homosexual activists who are boycotting the company, Minichino said, “Oh, absolutely. God’s got his hand in everything, so His plan is the best plan and He’s got this all worked out already.”
A Chick-fil-A franchise in Stuart, Fla., was packed on Aug. 1, 2012. (WND photo / Joe Kovacs)
“The Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne” is scheduled to air this coming Sunday, Aug. 12, at 10 p.m. Eastern.
According to the Wrap, some dark comedy that was uttered at the roast for Roseanne will not make it into the Comedy Central Broadcast.
Producer Jeff Ross referred to the Batman massacre in Colorado last month when he told redheaded actor Seth Green: “Seth, you haven’t gotten this much attention since you shot all those people in Aurora. You’re actually not like (accused shooter) James Holmes. He was doing things in a theater that people remember.”