Bailey Hanks, back in 2008, won the MTV reality show Legally Blonde: The Musical - The Search for the Next Elle Woods, and with her win, got to take over for Laura Bell Bundy in the role on Broadway from the end of July until mid-October of that year, after which the show closed. She has continued to perform the role in regional theatres.
On August 1st of this year, National Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day (as set forth by the Frothy Mixture himself), Bailey tweeted this picture.
Needless to say, her compatriots from the Great White Way were a little less than pleased.
Jamie McGonnigal wrote this for Huffington Post after tweeting his disappointment to her and giving her an opportunity to explain herself. Upon her response of "I am a proud Christian," he found himself blocked.
She apparently attempted to apologize, before deleting her Twitter outright, forgetting that the Internet Never Forgets. Screencaps of her tweet and picture quickly made their way all around social media, and her Facebook fanpage got slammed
Many people in the Broadway community took to Twitter to express their disappointment, and fans of Bailey took to Twitter to defend her and cry. Broadway performer John Carroll wrote an open letter to Bailey via Advocate.com and basically read her to filth.
Broadway's original Elle Woods, and generally awesome human being, Laura Bell Bundy also released a statement:
“As I fully support everyone’s right to freedom of speech and belief, MY belief is that hate and bigotry is wrong. That is MY first amendment right. I choose not to support an organization against the equal rights of any group of people– especially my beloved gay community… whom without I would not have a career, a livelihood, creative fulfillment, any good shoes, taste, music, a stylist, a publicist, a producer, a writer, a director, a choreographer and two of the greatest friends a gal could ask for. I knew there was a reason I always liked beef better than chicken anyway.
Following Laura Bell's response, a few friends of Bailey's took to Tumblr to deride everyone for being soooo meeeeean.
Morgan Karr & Ryan O'Connor, neither of whom really seem to get that, yeah, it's about more than chicken and it's about more than marriage equality, it's about giving money to a company that basically wants LGBT people driven to extinction with their donations to organizations that support such.
A guy named Dan Kohler, who apparently played the Emmett to her Elle in a recent run of the musical in Birmingham, also responded.
Bailey had stayed silent until this morning, when she posted on her Facebook that she was deleting the fanpage account, and attempted to apologize once more. Reactions are mixed.
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