So's I'm out driving through mall hell this morning and doing boring errands when I happen past my local Chick-Fil-A restaurant (previously mentioned here and here) which is kind of the center of my Chick-Fil-A universe, and guaranteed home of the no-homo chicken sandwich here in the 'Boro. There was nothing of note about the building or its traffic between 10 and 11 o'clock this morning, but this marquee on the sign did get my attention:
PRINCESS PARTY TUES AUG 21 5-8 PM
This seemed like something I should know more about, and after some quick reading, I discovered that this is part of a regular thing at Chick-Fil-A, Tuesdays where they get kids in and give away dead chicken. Tonight's special thing is Super Science Night with Mr. Rich! One can only presume that Mr. Rich will go over the times when men and dinosaurs roamed the Earth eating chicken together, and then move on to how being gay is an abomination to science, which is just another facet of God's infinite love we as people have yet to properly comprehend.
Next Tuesday, though, promises serious princess fun (according to the event's Facebook page), including
* Dress like a princess and receive a FREE Nuggets Kid's Meal (4-ct)!
* Meet your favorite storybook princess
* Mini-manicures by Pint Sized Pampering
* Disney sing-along by Bravo Performance Academy
* Decorate your own magic wands
* Goodie bags for each little princess!
First off, my favorite storybook princess is Anastasia Romanov, so I can't wait to meet her and solve the mystery at last. That'll go great with lemonade. The other thing about this that seems like it's worth exploring though is the assumption on the part of the CFA people that all of the pretty princesses who show up will be little girls. Those of us with minds not constricted by archaic thinking realize that little boys can be princesses, too. Probably especially if there's free chicken in it. And maybe bigger boys and girls, too.
I can't think of anything more potentially funnier than Chick-Fil-A Princess Night in Murfreesboro being overrun by every fabulous drag queen and lesbian I know, and then all of the ones they know, too. You know the 'Boro's not the only CFA restaurant that does this - there's lots of chances to subvert this event. Everybody done up like a pretty princess and hanging around waiting to decorate their own wand. No statements or signs, just physically making the simple point (with taffeta, make-up and feather boas) that anyone can and will be a princess, just as people can and will love those they fall in love with, and maybe, just maybe, it's time for Chick-Fil-A to catch up to the way smart evolved people think about things.
Not that I claim to be one - I just think it'd be funny as hell.