Gay artist arrested for Chick-fil-A graffiti


A gay artist who allegedly painted “Tastes like hate” on the side of a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Torrance, Calif., was arrested on Aug. 8.

The Los Angeles Times reports that police are looking for a second person said to be involved in the vandalism.

The artist, Manuel Castro, 30, was arrested on suspicion of vandalism in West Hollywood, said Torrance police Sgt. Steve Jenkinson.

The graffiti — accompanied by a representation of a cow holding a paint brush — went up while gay rights advocates protested nationwide against company president Dan Cathy’s public denunciation of same-sex marriage and Chick-fil-A’s donations to anti-gay causes.

The graffiti was painted on Aug. 3, at about 6:40 a.m., hours before demonstrators were to arrive for a kiss-in protest.

Castro told the Huffington Post he painted “Tastes like hate” on the exterior wall of the restaurant: “Everybody is entitled to free speech, but it seems like for the gay tribe, this is more of an issue of equal rights — human rights,. I’m against what these people stand for, what this company stands for. They’re trying to take away what little rights we already have.”

Police learned of Castro’s comments but also independently identified him as a suspect, Jenkinson said, adding in a news release that “numerous items of evidence” were discovered at the scene.