Oct 2, 2019, 12:08 AM
As the world waits for West to release his new album, “Jesus Is King,” the rapper has been hosting listening parties for his new songs. Among the songs West has been performing is “Closed on Sunday,” which heavily references Chick-fil-A.
“Closed on Sunday, you my Chick-fil-A,” the song begins, according to recordings and reporting by people in the audience at listening parties. The phrase repeats again and again as the hook of the song.
The song goes on to preach against Instagram (“Hold the selfies, put the ‘Gram away”) and the importance of faith (“Follow Jesus, listen and obey”).
Chick-fil-A declined to comment on the song. But, the fast-food shout-out seems fitting for the gospel-influenced album. Every location of the fast-food chain is closed on Sunday.
In 2000, Cathy’s children – including Dan Cathy, now the chain’s CEO – pledged to uphold the company’s commitment to closing on Sundays and to never take it public.
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Like West, who has faced backlash for his support of President Donald Trump and numerous provocative statements, Chick-fil-A is no stranger to controversy. In 2012, the company faced boycott threats due to its significant donations to groups opposing same-sex marriage. Chick-fil-A has cut donations to controversial groups, with the exceptions of the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, but it has continued to face criticism from certain progressive groups for its charitable giving.
West’s love of fast food more generally is well documented. The rapper has a special appreciation for McDonald’s, tweeting in 2018, “McDonald’s is my favourite restaurant.” The declaration followed a 2016 tweet from West that said, “McDonald’s is my favourite brand.”
A representative for West did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Chick-fil-A’s polarising reputation and whether McDonald’s was still the rapper’s favourite restaurant.
West has also made financial investments into the fast-food industry.