Cracker Barrel Pulls About Face on ‘Duck Dynasty’ Merchandise

After fan complaints, restaurant chain reverses its decision to pull items from shelves

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Less than two days after a Southern restaurant chain pledged to pull Duck Dynasty merchandise from its shelves, the company is reversing course, ABC News reports.

In a Facebook post, Cracker Barrel — the first major retailer to take a stance on Phil Roberston’s controversial statements — said it would continue to sell some Duck Commander merchandise but would continue to evaluate the products.

“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,” the company wrote in a Facebook post.

Earlier this week, the 67-year-old was suspended from his family’s hit A&E reality show after making anti-gay comments likening homosexuality to terrorism and bestiality in a print interview with GQ magazine.

[ABC News]


Cracker Barrel is now off my list of place I like to eat when on a road trip. Sad because I have sat many times in a cracker barrel restaurant with my family while road trips, enjoying their home-style food and pleasant atmosphere. The big fire place, the old school candies in their country store all seem to remind us of a time when life was simpler and less politically correct. It used to signify the America we loved. Sadly no more. Now they are on the politically correct bandwagon. Pulling merchandise in response to someone exercising their first amendment right to speak their mind is not the America I want to live in. And to make it worse, they change their position again because now they know they are going to lose money from good hard working folks like myself. So what is their real motivation? Money. They aren't sorry for what they did. They are sorry we won't be eating there any more. They pulled the merchandise because they didn't want to miss out on a few dollars that gays might have spent in their restaurant, not because they were taking a moral stance. So now they have alienated both camps. Gays and non-gays alike. Smooth move Cracker Barrel. So, I for one, will never set foot in a Cracker Barrel again. I can live without country fried steak, biscuits and gravy and hash browns. I will find a good cup of coffee and a place to relax for a while before getting back on the road. If I want old school candy or toys I will order them online. For the time being I guess Waffle House will have to do. The food isn't as good, the atmosphere is not as pleasant, but I'll still be able to look at myself in the mirror when I'm done spending my heard earned money. Thank you Cracker Barrel for letting us all know what is really important to you. MONEY.

To all those who were outraged good for you. If you accept their apology and decide to return to their restaurant that is your choice. Just know that the only thing they care about is your money. They don't value your values nor do they appreciate your morals. They change their stance like a flag in the wind. Blowing whichever way makes them the most money. Wake up America, think for yourself and start voting with your wallets.






The great thing about this is that the few militant liberals who are upset about Cracker Barrel's correction of their mistake can go to the GLAAD website and choose from the few insignificant sponsors they have and do business with them.  We will not miss you when we are eating at Cracker Barrel!


When you defend "gay [sic] rights," here's what you're defending:

1) anal sex, and the horrible diseases that such a deathstyle leads to, like HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, and even resurgent, antibiotic resistant syphilis.
2) Coprophilia (that's eating feces), "Golden Showers" (urinating on someone's face) "Fisting" (placing one's fist into another's rectum), and "Bug Chasing" (deliberately engaging in activities that cause one to become HIV positive).
3) "Man-Boy 'Love'" - most homosexuals are pedophiles or have strong pederast (man and boy "relationship") tendencies.


@thoughtcrimefactory Could you explain to us, please, exactly how much time you spend fantasizing about the types of sex acts gays might (or might not) be doing?  Is this preventing you from holding down a full-time job?  Have you applied for Social Security Disability?

Seriously, if you're spending all of your time fantasizing about gay sex, you've just outed yourself.  Those of us who are truly straight aren't actually thinking about gay sex, entirely because we'll be thinking about the kinds of sex we actually enjoy or might want to try.  

By the way, it's a load of hooey when you insist that "most homosexuals are pedophiles" or have those interests.  This has no backing in science.  Actual research has shown that homosexual interest in young boys is actually quite rare.  It's only a few extreme right-wing blogs that seem to have this issue confused.  Pedophilia is a crime of opportunity, with predators raping whatever child is the most readily available.  Countless pedophiles have been married men in "traditional" heterosexual relationships, often with children of their own.  The whole "barely legal" porn industry capitalizes on straight men who are attracted to underage girls, but must settle for those who are only just of legal age in order to prevent going to prison.  


@Rachel421@thoughtcrimefactoryWhy do you liberals have such defective ability to analyze and comprehend?  There's no "fantasizing" going on "thoughtcrimefactory's" statement, just fact.  The fantasy comes when you liberals try to convince the rest of the country that these actions and lifestyle are "normal."  They are not.  The only fantasizing going one is your comments that this is all a right-wing issue.  It's about morality, Rachel ... another issue on which you liberals fall far short .


@Redeemed2 Some of us choose to live in a world that is based on science and reason.  

Others choose to live in a world with magical, invisible beings who encourage them to cherry-pick a book that allows them to follow their meanest instincts.  

Of the two, we're not the ones who have problems with analyzing and comprehending the world around us.  You are welcome to return to the Dark Ages, just don't blame us for not blindly following you.



Christian love bears evil, but it does not tolerate it.

It does penance for the sins of others, but it is not broadminded about sin.

The cry for tolerance never induces it to quench its hatred of the evil philosophies that have entered into contest with the Truth.

It forgives the sinner, and it hates the sin; it is unmerciful to the error in his mind.

The sinner it will always take back into the bosom of the Mystical Body;
but his lie will never be taken into the treasury of His Wisdom.

Real love involves real hatred:
whoever has lost the power of moral indignation and the urge to drive the buyers and sellers from the temples
has also lost a living, fervent love of Truth.

Charity, then, is not a mild philosophy of "live and let live";
it is not a species of sloppy sentiment.

Charity is the infusion of the Spirit of God,
which makes us love the beautiful and hate the morally ugly.


How come conservatives are so good at whining, crying, judging, cursing, and telling other people how to live?


@roknsteve Must be the other way around. Look who complained and look who is complaining this very moment. Trying to instill there sick values on culture.Muslims behead Gays. What will you do then?? When Obama finishes with America and making it Muslim which is his agenda. Look who is in Home Land Security.


Also: The Constitution, and its amendments, is an agreement between citizens and their government -- not citizens and each other. A&E is under no obligation to continue Phil's employment when he embarrasses his employer. The First Amendment at no point offers protection against others' reactions to what you say, unless those consequences were otherwise doled out by the government.


Things Leviticus teaches are wrong in the bible, including being gay.

Phil chooses to believe the gay part, how many others does he ignore?

1.       Burning any yeast or honey in offerings to God (2:11) [Normal penalty.]

2.       Failing to include salt in offerings to God(2:13) [Normal penalty.]

3.       Eating fat (3:17) [That one's "a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live." All fat is to be saved for offerings to God. Normal penalty.]

4.       Eating blood (3:17) [Normal penalty]

5.       Failing to testify against any wrongdoing you’ve witnessed (5:1) ["They will be held responsible."]

6.       Failing to testify against any wrongdoing you’ve been told about (5:1) [Which sounds like hearsay. At any rate, "they shall be held responsible."]

7.       Touching an unclean animal (5:2) [NIV translates this as touching "the carcass" of an unclean animal. So if Rover dies, or you're a worker in a pork plant, you're in trouble here. Normal penalty.]

8.       Carelessly making an oath (5:4) [Even if you don't realize you have. Normal penalty.]

9.       Deceiving a neighbour about something trusted to them (6:2) [Return the item and a 20% penalty, plus normal penalty.]

10.   Finding lost property and lying about it (6:3) [Return the item and a 20% penalty, plus normal penalty.]

11.   Bringing unauthorised fire before God (10:1) [God will smite you.]

12.   Letting your hair become unkempt (10:6) ["You will die" and God will be angry at everyone. May only apply to the priesthood.]

13.   Tearing your clothes (10:6) ["You will die" and God will be angry at everyone. May only apply to the priesthood.]

14.   Drinking alcohol in holy places (bit of a problem for Catholics, this ‘un) (10:9) ["You will die." May only apply to the priesthood.]

15.   Eating an animal which doesn’t both chew cud and has a divided hoof (cf: camel, rabbit, pig) (11:4-7) ["You will be unclean.]

16.   Touching the carcass of any of the above (problems here for rugby) (11:8) ["You will be unclean."]

17.   Eating – or touching the carcass of – any seafood without fins or scales(11:10-12) ["You will be unclean."]

18.   Eating – or touching the carcass of - eagle, the vulture, the black vulture, the red kite, any kind of black kite, any kind of raven, the horned owl, the screech owl, the gull, any kind of hawk, the little owl, the cormorant, the great owl, the white owl, the desert owl, the osprey, the stork, any kind of heron, the hoopoe and the bat. (11:13-19) ["You will be unclean."]

19.   Eating – or touching the carcass of – flying insects with four legs, unless those legs are jointed (11:20-22) ["You will be unclean."]

20.   Eating any animal which walks on all four and has paws (good news for cats) (11:27)  ["You will be unclean." Also applies to touching their carcasses.]

21.   Eating – or touching the carcass of – the weasel, the rat, any kind of great lizard,the gecko, the monitor lizard, the wall lizard, the skink and the chameleon (11:29) ["You will be unclean."]

22.   Eating – or touching the carcass of – any creature which crawls on many legs, or its belly (11:41-42) ["You will be unclean."]

23.   Going to church within 33 days after giving birth to a boy (12:4) [Actually, she's unclean a week, and then another 33 days. Then she has to offer up a sacrifice.]

24.   Going to church within 66 days after giving birth to a girl (12:5) [Actually, she's unclean a week, and then another 66 days. Then she has to offer up a sacrifice.]

25.   Having sex with your mother (18:7) [The penalty for all the sexual sins in ch. 18 is that the participants are to be "cut off" from their people. Some have additional penalties mentioned below.]

26.   Having sex with your father’s wife (18:8) [In 20:11, both are to be put to death.]

27.   Having sex with your sister (18:9) [In 20:17, if you marry her, both are to be "publicly removed from their people"]

28.   Having sex with your granddaughter (18:10)

29.   Having sex with your half-sister (18:11)

30.   Having sex with your biological aunt (18:12-13) [In 20:19, he will be held responsible for the dishonor.]

31.   Having sex with your uncle’s wife (18:14) [In 20:20, they are held responsible for the dishonor, "they will die childless"]

32.   Having sex with your daughter-in-law (18:15) [In 20:12, both are to be put to death.]

33.   Having sex with your sister-in-law (18:16) [In 20:21, if you marry her, "they will be childless."]

34.   Having sex with a woman and also having sex with her daughter or granddaughter (bad news for Alan Clark) (18:17) [No specific penalty given, but per 20:14 if you marry both of them, all three of you are to be "burned in fire."]

35.   Marrying your wife’s sister while your wife still lives (18:18)

36.   Having sex with a woman during her period (18:19) [15:24 simply says the man will be considered unclean for 7 days. In 20:18, "Both of them are to be cut off from their people"]

37.   Having sex with your neighbour’s wife (18:20) [In 20:10, both are to be put to death.]

38.   Giving your children to be sacrificed to Molek (18:21) [In 20:2, the person is to be stoned to death.]

39.   Having sex with a man “as one does with a woman” (18:22) [In 20:13, both are to be put to death.]

40.   Having sex with an animal (18:23) [In 20:15, both are to be killed.]


41.   Making idols or “metal gods” (19:4) [No penalty given.]

42.   Reaping to the very edges of a field (19:9) [To be left for the poor. No penalty given.]

43.   Picking up grapes that have fallen in your  vineyard (19:10) [To be left for the poor. No penalty given.]

44.   Stealing (19:11) [No penalty given.]

45.   Lying (19:11) [No penalty given.]

46.   Swearing falsely on God’s name (19:12) [No penalty given.]

47.   Defrauding your neighbour (19:13) [No penalty given.]

48.   Holding back the wages of an employee overnight (not well observed these days) (19:13) [No penalty given.]

49.   Cursing the deaf or abusing the blind (19:14) [No penalty given.]

50.   Perverting justice, showing partiality to either the poor or the rich(19:15) [No penalty given.]

51.   Spreading slander (19:16) [No penalty given.]

52.   Doing anything to endanger a neighbour’s life (19:16) [No penalty given.]

53.   Seeking revenge or bearing a grudge (19:18) [No penalty given.]

54.   Mixing fabrics in clothing (19:19) [No penalty given.]

55.   Cross-breeding animals (19:19) [No penalty given.]

56.   Planting different seeds in the same field (19:19) [No penalty given.]

57.   Sleeping with another man’s slave (19:20) ["Due punishment," but not death, just a ram for sacrifice.]

58.   Eating fruit from a tree within four years of planting it (19:23) [No penalty given. May only apply to fruit trees planted in Israel.]

59.   Practising divination or seeking omens (tut, tut astrology) (19:26) [No penalty, but in 20:6 they will be "cut off from their people" by God. In 20:27, they are to be stoned to death.]

60.   Trimming your beard (19:27) [No penalty given.]

61.   Cutting your hair at the sides (19:27) [No penalty given.]

62.   Getting tattoos (19:28) [No penalty given.]

63.   Making your daughter prostitute herself (19:29) ["The land will turn to prostitution." No other penalty given.]

64.   Turning to mediums or spiritualists (19:31) [No penalty given.]

65.   Not standing in the presence of the elderly (19:32) [No penalty given.]

66.   Mistreating foreigners – “the foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born”  (19:33-34) [No penalty  given.]

67.   Using dishonest weights and scales (19:35-36) [No penalty given.]

68.   Cursing your father or mother (punishable by death) (20:9) [Death, as noted.]

69.   Marrying a prostitute, divorcee or widow if you are a priest (21:7,13) [No penalty given.]

70.   Entering a place where there’s a dead body as a priest (21:11) [I.e., if you're a priest. No penalty given.]

71.   Slaughtering a cow/sheep and its young on the same day (22:28) [May apply only to sacrificial animals. No penalty given.]

72.   Working on the Sabbath (23:3) [No penalty given.]

73.   Blasphemy (punishable by stoning to death) (24:14) [Death.]

74.   Inflicting an injury; killing someone else’s animal; killing a person must be punished in kind (24:17-22) [Killing someone means death. Injuring someone mean punishment in kind. Killing or injuring another's animal means punishment in kind.]

75.   Selling land permanently (25:23) [No penalty given.]

76.   Selling an Israelite as a slave (foreigners are fine) (25:42) [No penalty given.]

So Phil constantly cites that LEviticus calls being gay an abomination, but ignores the part about death for tearing your clothes!

The bible is nuts.....


@SukeMadiq  He never said " gay an abomination" don't put words in his mouth. He has a right to his beliefs and you don't have a right to not be offended. Its a wild world of many differing views thats what makes it great. He has a right to his opinion, don't like it don't watch.


Romans 13:1–2

Submission to the Authorities

13 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.

Poor Phil and other conservatives are going to burn in hell for not supporting Obama!


@SukeMadiq  Gee, a pervert perverting Romans 13, what a surprise!

Obama is NOT "authority from God."  Power & authority are separate.  Authority is the right to do something; power is the ability to do something.


I would not eat at Cracker Barrel anyway.  Canned beans and canned corn are usually served with cheap salty meat covered in canned gravy.

Dog Food for rednecks.


You really need to hold Phil Robertson to task not only over his quote about gay people, but about the disgusting things he said about black people -- that they were happy, happy, happy to be sharecropping before the era when they had their civil rights. His whitewashing of history is reprehensible.


@frampton More than the gay comment people should be mad about that but to be honest I know many older people who grew up in a different time and say similar things that are ridiculous. It's not a crime though, don't like it don't watch.


Another day and more duck crap.  More hillbilly trash talk.  Boring.


I really don't understand what the big deal is at all. Phil Robertson is nothing more than the American version of a tribal peasant. His family just hasn't evolved yet. Believes in an all magical wizard living in the clouds, an evil looking red dude with horns and flaming talking bushes. Still clings to weapons like a Serengeti masai warrior and thinks that killing birds is macho and relevant in a modern world.  All traits that are throw backs to our primitive past.  How did he become an icon in what is considered right and wrong? Because he is rich?

I really can't see how any educated person would take him seriously.

Lets just forget this guy and move along.


@Sol_ I think the country is going in the wrong direction and many people agree what is so wrong with people believing in a higher power that helps them make decisions that make them better people. His kids won't be out shooting people or stealing.


Why even try to rationalize with liberals. It's no different than rationalizing with a common house just doesn't make sense.

Correct Robert= America Wins!



Ok Muslim terrorist looking poof.  You are too stupid to realize how ignorant and dumb you are.


Thanks for doing the right thing, Cracker Barrel, even if it's motivated by profit more than principle.