Early this Sunday, DeadState reported that the Chili’s restaurant chain planned to donate 10% of their April profits to a known anti-vaccine truther group.
The lede for the story called for a boycott of the chain, and it resulted in quite a bit of attention. A few hours later, Chili’s messaged DeadState directly on Twitter and informed us that they were canceling the event.
— Chili’s Grill & Bar (@Chilis) April 7, 2014
They then posted the following the statement to their website:
Chili’s is committed to giving back to the communities in which our guests live and work through local and national Give Back Events. While we remain committed to supporting the children and families affected by autism, we are canceling Monday’s Give Back Event based on the feedback we heard from our guests.
We believe autism awareness continues to be an important cause to our guests and team members, and we will find another way to support this worthy effort in the future with again our sole intention being to help families affected by autism. At Chili’s, we want to make every guest feel special and we thank all of our loyal guests for your thoughtful questions and comments.