Chick-fil-A Public Relations Debacle Leads To V.P of Public Relations Fatal Heart Attack

Posted: Friday, July 27, 2012 | Posted by Chico Brisbane |

The public realtions debacle at Chick-fil-A caused by CEO Dan Cathy has taken a dark turn today by
Donald A. Perry, the vice president of corporate public relations for Chick-fil-A, dropping dead of a heart attack. If Mr. Cathy ever stopped to ponder his biblical wisdom as to WWJD. I think he just found out.
"Don was a member of our Chick-fil-A family for nearly 29 years," a company statement published in the Atlanta Journal Constitution read. "He was a well-respected and well-liked media executive in the Atlanta and University of Georgia communities, and we will all miss him."

News of Perry's death, which was picked up by a number of high-profile media outlets, immediately generated heated debate on Twitter, perhaps not surprisingly given Chick-fil-A's proclaimed anti-gay marriage stance, which has been the subject of countless headlines in recent weeks. "Okay, Chick-fil-A protesters, you win," wrote one user. "You killed their head of PR. They're for gay marriage now."

No doubt Perry was aware of what has become a public relations debacle for the Atlanta-based fast food chain, with both marriage equality supporters and opponents responding to the news in equal measure. In fact, he is credited at having released the company's Facebook statement in response to Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy's remark that the fast food company supports "the biblical definition of the family unit."

On July 19, Perry responded that "going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena."

Read more HERE at Huffington Post


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