'Tastes Like Hate' Painted on Wall at Chick-fil-A

The words "Tastes Like Hate" and an image of a cow are spray-painted on the side of a Torrance Chick-fil-A, across the street from Redondo Beach.

A Hollywood artist has taken responsibility for the image painted on a Torrance Chick-fil-A on Hawthorne Boulevard near the Redondo Beach border.

Manny Castro told the Huffington Post in an exclusive interview that he spray-painted "Tastes like hate" and a picture of a cow on the side of the eatery at 18200 Hawthorne Blvd. early Friday morning because of remarks Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy made in July against same-sex marriage.

"I'm against what these people stand for, what this company stands for," Castro, who is gay, told the Huffington Post. "They're trying to take away what little rights we already have."

What are people saying about this vandalism? Check out the Redondo Beach Patch Facebook page.

The black painted words—which play off the fast-food chain’s advertising campaign depicting cows encouraging consumers to eat more chicken by patronizing Chick-fil-A—were discovered Friday morning, and as of 9 a.m., police did not have a suspect, Torrance police Lt. Martin Vukotic told City News Service. A can of black spray paint was discovered near the wall.

Torrance police Sgt. Jennifer Uyeda said that the department had not heard about Castro’s interview until Patch contacted them. She said police would look into it.

Earlier Friday, she told LA Weekly that police were first tipped off to the graffiti by Fox 11 News, which had heard about the message from an anonymous caller.

Torrance police will be monitoring all the Chick-fil-A restaurants in the city throughout Friday, Vukotic told City News Service.

“We have extra patrol for all three of our locations in our city,” he said.

As Torrance police investigated the scene Friday, patrons showing up for breakfast snapped photos with their cell phones of the graffiti.

"I hate when politics get involved," said one man as he took a picture. "Those people are the ones filled with hate," he said, pointing to the graffiti on the wall.

In his comments to the Huffington Post, Castro seemed to disagree.

"It's paint on a wall," he said. "It got removed in less than an hour. It's not that much of a crime—it's a protest."

The Chick-fil-A CEO’s anti-gay-marriage comments last month sparked protests from gay-rights groups, as well as support from loyal restaurant customers and people against same-sex marriage, who showed up for a national “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” on Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Daily Breeze photos of another Torrance location showed a line to the restaurant stretching down the block.

A counter-protest dubbed "National Same-Sex Kiss Day" are planned for Friday night at Chick-fil-A restaurants across the country. According to the organizer's Facebook page, the protest encourages same-sex couples to kiss at Chick-fil-A at 8 p.m. Friday.

—City News Service contributed to this report.

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STOPTHEMADNESS August 04, 2012 at 02:53 PM
They are not trying to take away anyone's rights. He is not anti- gay, nor does he hate gay people he does notdiscrimate against anyone. This is a Christian man giving an interview with a Baptist newspaper and stating his own personal belief that he believes "marriage is between a man and a woman". PERIOD. Stop trying to make it into hate speech . Funny how you never see anyone protest the black churches or business that agree with this statement
Jim August 04, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Cathay gives bucks to organizations that fight gay civil rights,including marriage. I think he has the right to say anything he wants, but there are repucussions. I don't agree with defacing property, but I do agree with protest. People who don't agree with gay marriage shouldn't get married to people of the same sex. Why do they worry about what other people say and what rights they have? Why don't they do something that's really constructive instead of wasting time and money on an unconstitutional losing cause? Many say they are fighting for religious freedom, but it's their freedom to discriminate which they are trying to protect.
Gerry August 04, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Chick-Fil-A not only is homophobic they are also inhumane to their chickens. The chickens they use at their fast food outlets are kept in small cages where they can't turn around or spread their wings. Those are two good reasons to go elsewhere.
Arthur Christopher Schaper August 04, 2012 at 10:37 PM
"People have the right to protest." The nasty message painted on the "Chik-Fil-A" front was vandalism. "Vandalism" is not protest, but a perversion of the First Amendment. Essential to every right is the respect due to others to exercise their rights, including safety in their persons and effects. The outrage over one man's opinion is outrageous. There is a growing backlash in this country -- evident in the large lines that patronized Chik-Fil-A, against the growing grievance agendas, in which partisan partisans have felt justified walking over the rights of others to "protect" their own rights. "Peaceably assemble" was not an after-thought but an essential element to the First Amendment. When protest turns into unrest, then it is time to arrest those restless, restive protesters.
Dale Smith August 28, 2012 at 07:22 AM
Vandalism is not protesting, I hope the artist spends time in jail.


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