Chick-fil-A President's Comments Stir Debate

Chick-fil-A President's Comments Stir Debate

A TV moment is raising a political firestorm.

CNN is now apologizing for playing the song, "Stupid Girls" by Pink ahead of a report about Sarah Palin's support for the embattled Chick-fil-A restaurant chain.  

CNN said in a statement, "The music selection was a poor choice and was not intended to be linked to any news story. We regret any perception that they were planned together."

The CNN story was about a photo Palin tweeted of herself and husband Todd at a Chick-fil-A restaurant outside Houston, Texas, along with the message, "Stopped by Chick-fil-A in the Woodlands to support a great business."

Earlier, Palin had appeared at a rally near the restaurant and said, "We drove by a Chick-fil-A. We don't have that in Alaska. Love me some Chick-fil-A."

CNN's apology to Sarah Palin is the latest twist in the controversy over Chick-fil-A. Chick-fil-A supporters are urging customers to show up Wednesday to buy from the restaurant chain, while protestors are planning a boycott on Thursday.  

It all started when Chick-fil-A's President, Dan Cathy, blasted same-sex marriage during a radio interview.  

"I pray God's mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to try to redefine what marriage is about," he said on The Ken Coleman Show.

The comments have made Chick-fil-A Topic A in the national debate over same-sex marriage.

Even The Muppets have gotten involved in the controversy, with Jim Henson Productions saying it won't do business with Chick-fil-A.  

Jon Stewart joked, "The Muppets were partnered with Chick-fil-A? Did Big Bird know about that?"

Joking aside, Chick-fil-A has over 1,600 restaurants nationwide and $4 billion in sales.    

Now, some are wondering if entering the debate over same-sex marriage will be good or bad business for Chick-fil-A.

HLN Money anchor Jennifer Westhoven told INSIDE EDITION, "What they always teach you in business school is, you don't get your company involved in things like this for just this very reason. You don't want your company to become a flashpoint in a political argument."