'Duck Dynasty': Petition to Reinstate Star Passes 100,000 Signatures
Cracker Barrel announced it was pulling select "Dynasty" products from its shelves and a new report indicates A&E warned Phil Robertson to keep quiet about controversial issues such as gay rights.
A petition urging A&E to reinstate embattled Duck Dynasty star Phi Robertson has attracted more than 100,000 signatures.
The Change.org petition calls for a boycott of A&E if it does not bring back Robertson and apologize for placing him on indefinite hiatus. Robertson came under fire this week for anti-gay comments he made in a recent interview with GQ.
"Duck Dynasty has a huge following and WE THE PEOPLE stand behind Phil Robertson and his family," reads the petition, which has attracted nearly 108,000 signatures. "We stand for faith and freedom. We stand for family and values. Those who disagree have the God given right to, that doesn't mean Phil needs to be punished for exercising his rights."
As the controversy continued, Cracker Barrel announced Friday on its Facebook page that it was removing certain Duck Dynasty products from its shelves.
"We removed selected products which we were concerned might offend some of our guests while we evaluate the situation," the Cracker Barrel post read. "We continually evaluate the products we offer and will continue to do so."
Robertson has issued a statement apologizing for the GQ interview, in which he equated homosexuality with bestiality and suggested that African Americans were not unhappy during the Jim Crow era.
According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, A&E knew of Robertson's controversial views before the show's 2012 premiere, and warned him not to expound on issues such as gay rights. Robertson and other family members' contracts reportedly included morals clauses, in which they pledged not to do anything to embarrass or harm the A&E brand.
The Robertson family released a statement Thursday, saying it could not imagine continuing the show without Phil Robertson.
In addition to the Change.org petition, a petition sponsored by Faith Driven Consumer has attracted more than 170,000 signatures. Robertson has also been defended by commentators on Fox News as well as notable conservative figures such as former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.
Industry insiders expect the Duck Dynasty controversy to blow over, and an A&E source says the network has lost just one advertiser because of it. The show premiered in 2012 to modest numbers, but rose to cable's #2 series within a year.
My feeling on the matter is that everyone know's that they are extreme bible thumpers. Did he really have to say he was against Homosexuality? Plus, like Palin said..."Free Speech!"
You cannot go to a store these days without seeing some Duck Dynasty merchandise. A&E is not stupid. African Americans and Alternate lifestyle viewers are not the ones who buy their merchandise or watch their show.
They will let him off the hook and beg them for more episodes.
They will not just dump their's and cables number one rated show of the year.
What do you think? Should they force Phil out because of what he said?