‘Duck Dynasty’: Cracker Barrel Reverses Decision to Pull Products

'Duck Dynasty': Cracker Barrel Reverses Decision

Retailer cites 'mistake' in its reaction to Phil Robertson-A&E Network controversy

Tennesse-based retailer Cracker Barrel did a quick about-face on Sunday and restored “Duck Dynasty”-related products to its shelves, barely two days after pulling some items out of fear of offending customers.

Execs with the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store chain undoubtedly responded to the overwhelming number of critical comments on its Facebook page after it posted a statement Friday explaining that it was yanking some items related to the A&E Network show and from the company run by the Robertson family at the center of the show.

On Sunday, Cracker Barrel, posted another statement on Facebook acknowledging what it described as its “mistake.”

The Cracker Barrel flip-flop is just one example of the polarizing controversy that has raged around the hit reality show ever since patriarch Phil Roberston was quoted in a GQ magazine article making inflammatory statements about homosexuals and other groups.

A&E moved swiftly to suspend Robertson from shooting future episodes of the show . That move spurred a response from other family members suggesting that they would not continue the show without Robertson.

Since issuing the statement on Thursday, family members have kept mostly mum despite the flood of media coverage of A&E’s response and the backlash among some conservative and Christian orgs to the suspension. One of Phil Robertson’s sons, Jep Robertson, did not address the issue in a previously scheduled public appearance in Atlanta.

Another relative featured on the show, John Godwin, was to appear Sunday evening at the “Rhett Neck Christmas Extravaganza” concert event in Lima, Ohio headlined by the Rhett Walker Band gospel group.

Here is Cracker Barrel’s complete statement on its “Duck Dynasty” sales reversal:

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.

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  1. Marguerite Von Kunhardt says:

    We feel very pkeased that you admitted to your mistake about not defending our human right to FREE SPEECH and religious freedom. One by one, our country(our president and the government) are taking our freedoms. We MUST stand for what we believe, is RIGHT.

    Your restaurant is one if our favorites. We were
    determined to give it up and not return due to
    your response to the Duck Dynasty issue.
    Moving forward, remember the values of the
    Founding fathers of our nation. Although our
    president says we are no longer Judeo-Christian nation, we are in essence still A Judeo-Christian nation with our Foundation and
    standards in God’s Word. God made a man and
    woman to be married and reproduce. Look at
    the Animal Kingdom, there are no homosexuals
    and animals. Marriage was established from
    the beginning of time as a pact between a man
    and a woman for love and procreation. If we do
    not stand for the truth in our country there will
    be an implosion, total caos and eventual anarchy. This is very evident around us our
    liberties are being taken away each day. The silent masses will no longer be silent. I cry,
    freedom! Thank you for your change. It takes
    courage and we appreciate it. God bless you!

  2. Judy Elledge says:

    FORGIVENESS IS A PART OF WHAT CHRISTIANS DO…I WILL CONTINUE EATING THERE NOW AND APPRECIATE VERY MUCH YOU CHANGE OF HEART AND YOUR APOLOGE”S.THANK YOU FOR RESPECTING OUR CHRISTIAN FAITH AND OUR VALUES AND EVEN MORE OUR LORD, SAVIOR
    AND SON!!! MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU …

  3. Lou says:

    Cracker Barrel, you offerred apologies to your customers stating that you “made a mistake” with pulling the Duck Dyn. products. Your only mistake was to realize how much revenue you stood to lose. Well, actually, no – the people who eat in your restaurants likely have the same hatred and bigotry as Phil. You deserve each other.

  4. Bryan V says:

    big daddy D…. you have way way too much time on your hands… the Nichol fellowship is coming around again May 1st… you would be better off spending your time writing a screenplay… and Variety should really focus on being less tabloid driven….wow I miss the Variety of the 80’s and 90’s… and it was made of paper… thats wood pulp bleached and printed on.

  5. Which just goes to show to all those who were bragging about gay marriage and gay stuff, only reason why you advanced this far is because of Christian tolerance. Do not push your luck too far. You might find yourself back where you came from.

  6. big daddy D says:

    I’m sure Phil Robertson is a great guy..but the whole lot of them are as fake as the hip-waders they wear when they go hunting.

  7. Johnnie says:

    Brother Phil simply spoke the truth… the truth of God’s Word! The man has “love” in his heart for EVERYONE. Put whatever ‘spin’ on it you want to, and deny the Bible everyday, if that is your desire. However, what the Bible says about those who choose and practice that ‘lifestyle’ will be judged by God, and they will spend eternity with Satan, the liar, the one who is the deceiver of mankind into believing that God does not exist, and, even if He does exist, that He will not ‘sentence’ them to hellfire for living that way. Well, Phil and millions more of us, know THE Truth, Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, and we KNOW that what the Bible forewarns will surely come to pass. Therefore, when we ‘lift up’ God’s Word and His Teachings, it is with true LOVE for the individuals welfare that we are sharing those truth’s with. God IS LOVE! But God is a God of Justice as well. While here on this earth it is not our job to ‘judge’ others and, therefore, to cast a judicial decision upon them for their lifestyle choices (and Brother Phil acknowledged that, and stated that that is left in the hands of the Almighty Himself)…. but it is our role, our function, our purpose to ‘witness to others’ what our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and God our Father has said about all sin. That is all that Brother Phil was doing when GQ interviewed him…. he was “witnessing” with love in his heart for every human being on this planet! Because anyone who lives a life in disobedience to God and continues to go on in sinful transgressions against Him and His Word will end up being banished from His Presence forevermore. So it is important that the Truth be mentioned so that some…. at least “some” will be able to find salvation and deliverance from those sinful proclivities that we all are born with. Phil used to be one of those who was on his way to hell with Satan; but then he found God and the Grace of God came into his life. I too was one of those who, if I had continued in the way I used to live, was going to bust hell wide open when death came to me. But no longer; today I am a Brother to Brother Phil and all others who know Christ Jesus in their heart! Brother Phil we are praying for you! Keep the faith, Brother…. and the tremendous testimony you are setting forth in a lost and dying world!! Millions will reject you and your words (they rejected Jesus too!), yet some will be convicted in their heart and end up coming to know Jesus Christ personally in their heart…. just as I did back in 1978. God Bless You, Brother Phil, for your witness. You are one of the ones who are truly fulfilling Matthew 28:19 and 20.

  8. big daddy D says:

    Ummm…what the hell are you talking about??? What is the point you’re trying to nake..and to/about whom are you referring to? I don’t get it.

  9. Larry says:

    They were given a much needed moment of pause! The gay community wants tolerance but has none! When someone has a different view than them, they get a pie in their face! Well you keep pushing the giant, he may turn the other cheek but eventually he’s going to give you the back of his hand!

  10. ed says:

    We all know crackhead barrel has never been a friend of the gay community. TAX THE CHURCHES!

  11. Kyle Hall says:

    Huh. Looks like the $200K-a-year suits at Cracker Barrel thought their target customer was a metrosexual living in L.A. or NYC, as opposed to trailer-park types.

    Took 2 whole days for the suits to figure it all out? Did the ISHTAR guys all go to Cracker Barrel after the flop?

  12. michael Knight says:

    Sarah Sounds like you should own up to it.Have no shame .just own it .and say yes you have anal penetration and like it.

  13. michael Knight says:

    Phil called it right.IF YOU AFE HAVING SEX WITH AN ANUS ADMIT IT your pee pee will smell like shit because it is in a krap hole.How much fun can that be.That is why they call it fudge packing.Oh honey you smell like shit tonight.I forgot to wipe after sex never mind go to the bath room after.You know the lube makes a mess

    • sarah says:

      Michael Knight – ACTUALLY, since the majority of “anus penetrators” are heterosexuals, I think you’d best redirect your rage (or joy – I can’t figure out which you’re experiencing, though you’re obviously experiencing SOMETHING). Once you are able to round up male heterosexuals engaging in heterosexual anus activities, return here and then let’s discuss whateveritisyouarewhiningabout. Perhaps you were on the cusp of confessing something personal?

      • big daddy D says:

        Sarah..I think these people aren’t willing to admit that most folks like a little “southern” comfort every now and then. And michael..an anal syringe cleans everything up nice and clean. No funkyness or smelly junk. Why do you think there’s such many sites dedicated to anal sex..among STRAIGHT people? Or are you that homophobic. Phil Robertson talked about it in his GQ interview…you think his homophobia relates to consensual anal sex between a man and a woman? Cuz that happens ALL THE TIME!

  14. Edward Rickowicz says:

    It’s a weird sort of tolerance that GLADD and similar groups practice. If you agree with them, they leave you alone. If you don’t and say it out loud, they make it their mission to destroy you. GLADD Is a bona fide hate organization. Cracker Barrel was foolish to worry about what they think. They will destroy themselves, given enough time. It can’t happen soon enough.

  15. Victoria says:

    Good for Cracker Barrel

  16. Gerald DeWitt says:

    Many are easily offended on either side of what we call social issues. If you want to know the truth and have it begin the long and often difficult work of making you free, read and understand the Holy Bible for yourself and quit living by what someone told you.

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