SAN MARCOS, Calif. – A video shot by a teenager at the “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” last week in San Marcos has gotten lots of attention on YouTube.
Anzy McWha, the 16-year-old daughter of Jane Stimmel of San Marcos, named her video “Chick Fil A” and as of Tuesday morning it has been seen by 62,641 people on YouTube. The video has been given 589 likes and 153 dislikes.
Stimmel, who identifies as a lesbian and a single parent, alerted San Diego Gay & Lesbian News to the video and said she was very proud of her daughter.
The family, which includes 14-year-old daughter Maddix, decided to go to Chick-fil-A to check out the turnout for the event held on Aug. 1.
“I wanted to just go and see if there would be a lot of people attending, and I think it is important for my daughters to see these types of events,” Stimmel said. “When we got there, we were all in shock at how many people were there.”
Anzy had been at yearbook camp all day so she had with her a video camera, plus she had just taken a course on interviewing.
“She lept out of the car and on the fly came up with questions and just jumped in there to record the events,” Stimmel said, who can be seen in the video as the women in a car at the beginning of the tape.
Those questioned gave some stunning responses to Anzy’s questions, and the teen has heard back from folks on both sides of the issue.
“She has gotten A LOT of feedback,” Stimmel said. “She goes to a very conservative school and most of them do not understand that she was not making fun of them exercising their free speech ... it was the fact that they were so dogmatic without understanding the issues or the facts.
“She has had many comments on YouTube … She has removed, as much as she can, the hate speech but left any criticism of the video. One of the biggest criticisms was over her saying ‘redneck convention’ and calling them ‘stupid.’ But she is 16 and she was feeling very protective of me when she heard all the derogatory remarks and just reacted ... plus she was trying to make it funny.”
For her part, Anzy via YouTube responded to accusations that she used derogatory language to describe the Chick-fil-A supporters.
“In terms of the name calling, this video was not intended as hard-hitting journalism. It was just something funny for my friends, I never expected so many people to see it. I think the video would have been more effective had I allowed them to speak for themselves,” Anzy wrote, adding a smiley face.
Ever the proud mother, Stimmel shared Anzy’s video with her girlfriend and their friends, then a professor friend from Pace University shared it … and suddenly the video was developing an audience online.
“The video just seems to sum up the problem and people can relate to how unguarded the people are, maybe because of Anzy's age, so they share it. She talked to a lot of people her age because she is very interested in how uninformed people her age are,” Stimmel said.