‘Duck Dynasty': Cracker Barrel Flip-Flops, Puts Products Back on Shelves

'Duck Dynasty': Cracker Barrel Flip-Flops, Puts Products Back on Shelves

“You flat out told us we were wrong,” the restaurant chain says, apologizing for taking items away in wake of Phil Robertson's comments

Well, that didn’t take long. The Cracker Barrel restaurant chain, two days after removing “Duck Dynasty”-related products from its shelves, said Sunday it was putting them back – and apologized to fans of the reality series.

Cracker Barrel began yanking Duck Dynasty-related items from its stores on Friday in the wake of patriarch Phil Robertson’s inflammatory comments to GQ magazine about gays and blacks, saying it didn’t want to offend fans of the A&E hit reality series.

The move had just opposite effect, the company said on its Facebook page Sunday.

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“You flat out told us we were wrong. We listened. Today, we are putting all our Duck Dynasty products back in our stores. And, we apologize for offending you.”

The controversy has been raging since the comments by Robertson, who has been suspended by A&E, came to light. On one side are Christian conservatives outraged at Robertson’s suspension for expressing his belief that homosexuality is a sin. On the other are people who say religion is no excuse for bigotry.

The Lebanon, Tenn.-based restaurant company initially removed certain products made by Duck Commander, the business run by the Robertson family of the A&E show, “which we were concerned might offend some of our guests.”

Here’s the entire post from Cracker Barrel:

“Dear Cracker Barrel Customer:

When we made the decision to remove and evaluate certain Duck Dynasty items, we offended many of our loyal customers. Our intent was to avoid offending, but that’s just what we've done.

You told us we made a mistake. And, you weren't shy about it. You wrote, you called and you took to social media to express your thoughts and feelings. You flat out told us we were wrong.

We listened.

Today, we are putting all our Duck Dynasty products back in our stores.

And, we apologize for offending you.

We respect all individuals right to express their beliefs. We certainly did not mean to have anyone think different.

We sincerely hope you will continue to be part of our Cracker Barrel family.”

  • Yucky

    They all look like they belong in a Taliban village.

    • timmy2000

      Hey… you can't say that.

  • FTWPHIL

    Yet another chapter in the bread and circus era of the American empire.

  • telast

    Talking about the dumbing down of America. These idiots define it. This is absolutely my last click on anything about these cretins. There are bigger issues in need of attention.

  • ISpeakOnlyTruth

    I've never eaten at Cracker Barrell (seems appropriate name for this story), and certainly wouldn't think of it now. You're a restaurant and carry DD garbage to sell? What kind of a place is this, a Turnpike stop?

    • Sheg

      You must not know how it is inside CB seeing how you've never been in there. It's a store and restaurant.

  • johnPRINCEmichigan

    I find it sad that so many so called “christians” agree with PHIL's DEMONIZATION of an entire group of human beings. The POPE, the leader of the largest christian sect in the world has said that HE is not in a position to judge gay people…funny how big an ego PHIL and other trogladites must have to lay claim to damn all the glbt community. Even if these “christians” think they can justify their gay damning under religious beleif, I WANT TO KNOW PHIL FANS… HOW CAN YOU JUSTIFY PHIL'S RACIST COMMENTS? DOES YOUR RELIGION PROMOTE RACISM AS WELL? LET'S NOT LET HIS FAMILY OFF SO EASY EITHER SINCE NONE HAVE DENOUNCED HIS RASCISM OR GAY BASHING. GO ASK PHIL'S SONS IF THEY SUPPORT HIS CLAIMS THAT BLACK PEOPLE WERE HAPPIER BEFORE THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT.

  • FilmPunk

    Whether you like Cracker Barrel or not this is the free market at work. Phil Robertson has a right to say what he wishes, A&E has a right to fire him, Cracker Barrel has a right to pull their merch, and the buying public get to decide who wins. That's what makes America great, you have rights to express yourself but in the end the public gets to decide who wins and who loses.

    If A&E were smart they would copy the apology and do the same thing. You may not like the show but it's the fans show.

  • FredKapelski

    I have gone to Cracker Barrel for years. Unfortunately, they showed no regard for their customers which is the norm for American companies. I go there because I like their food, They can keep thier politics and pandering to themselves if they wish keep my business. It is bad enough that as a veteran, almost all of what is see in their shopping area is made in Communist China.

  • memyself&I

    that just proves you should leave “Cracker Barrel” to the crackers

    • concerned

      Who.s being racists now? Everyone needs to remember “FREEDOM OF SPEECH”!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Neil

    Wow – cracker barrel spends DECADES abusing gays. finally gets their crap together. and now is in bed with the gay haters (in bed with phil robertson? gross.)

  • truth

    Dont you just love Hollywood publicity stunts…thats all this was. it exploded 3 weeks before premiere episodes that were already filmed. Phil on “Hiatus” yeah right! The whole show was already on scheduled hiatus for Duck hunting season when all this went public. So Everybody is a winner…
    1. GQ for the interview, mags are gonna fly off the shelves.
    2. A&E for marathons the next 2 weeks and premiere eps stating 1/15 airing right thru the February sweeps period, so A&E will adjust their ad rates way UP.
    3. All the TV News shows thats covering this “scandal”, their ratings go up also.
    4. lets not forget DD merch., Bet those shelves will also be clean come 12/26.
    A&E and the Robertson clan are Genius…
    So why all the viewers are watching the new shows starting in January “supporting Phil”. A&E and the Robertson’s will be counting all their greenback made from this “Scandal” and quacking all the way to the bank.

    • saferider

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  • Lee33624

    This is too funny, I know friends who worked at Cracker barrel years ago and they all said that management was very homophobic and they were afraid of loosing their jobs if they were found out to be gay. Of course this was in Tampa, FL where you can fire someone for being gay..

  • smarter than you.

    Cracker Barrel just lost another customer, Had no ideal they would be backing a bunch of immoral humans. phil hit the spot with every thing he said that is why the gays cant stand to here someone talk about there way of life. they know its wrong, and the most sickening thing you can think of, dogs don't do what these people do. think about that a dog. Duck Dynasty still the number one show on T.V. Christian people still come out on top, with the backing of GOD.

    • nate

      Ironic name considering you can't write.

  • retired vet

    It is his oppinion. He stated his oppinion not everybody's oppinion. I'm happy that he said what his oppinion was and didn't curb it so they can be in good favors of every idiot in Hollywood where there is gays and man on man man with different woman and every other thing is normal because it's “accepted so it's the right thing to do”. Stick to your oppinion.

  • saferider

    Still not going anywhere near cracker barrel. You made your choice very clear and it goes against a persons morals. Who the hell are you or anyone else to tell someone how they should think, feel, have an opinion, or what to believe in.