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'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.

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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.

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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.


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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.

T-shirts

Hats

Pencils

Mugs,

Back Packs

Binders

Air fresheners

toys

Video games

Candy

Pajamas

Car decals

Stickers

Temp tatoos

books

CD's

Movies

Hunting supplies

Advertising

Glasses

etc.

 

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?



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Would the majority of Duck Dynasty's audience even be offended by what that guy said? I mean their main demographic are conservative gun owners right? And no I'm not saying all conservatives homophobic, I just don't think most of them would care about these remarks.



Sigs are dumb. And so are you!

What exactly did he say?



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Hope A&E drops his ass permanently, they sure as hell can do without him and they will come up with something to replace him.
The A&E brand and their wider audience don't need him.



This is complicated... My answer is no.

Honestly, if someone feels a certain way, I think they should be allowed to express it non violently (Ofcourse he is employed by AE, it's their choice on  what he's allowed to say while still being employed)

And imo, it's better that he says it instead of being a closet homophobe. Because it promotes discussion. If the public doesn't agree with him, they won't watch the show. If the public does, it shows other issues that society itself needs to address. Banning people for saying things they believe in doesn't make them stop believing it.

There's plenty of racists who are racist but cover it up with by acting fake or polite. When they think something else.




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The man is entitled to his opinions and beliefs, just as A&E should be entitled to fire him.

"I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it"

All A&E had to do was release a statement saying the views and beliefs expressed by him are not that of the station. They totally botched the PR on this one.



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I think the show should be cancelled, but not because of anti-gay and Racist remarks, but because the show is fucking stupid.



DD_Bwest said:
The man is entitled to his opinions and beliefs, just as A&E should be entitled to fire him.

"I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it"

All A&E had to do was release a statement saying the views and beliefs expressed by him are not that of the station. They totally botched the PR on this one.


A&E and most media corporations just want to be neutral and not get their brands mixed up in controversy. And out of all things to publicly rant about this idiot decides to rant about the Gay and Lesbian community while employed for a massive media/entertainmet company that strongly supports the gay community...... lol....how dumb can you be? I guess they were not paying him enough..... lol

A&E is not attacking his freedom of speech they just don't want to associate their brand with his extreme opinions, his opinions supports hatred sanctioned by religion towards a community, this is very dangerous communications for A&E they have very little choice here.

Putting him on hiatus is the proper communication from A&E, they did the right thing for their brand, reputation and their business not to mention, to a lesser extent, they did the right thing for all the gay celebs that they employ present and future.

 

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Hmm, I do think it's fair for them to put the show on hiatus if the views of the show do not reflect the views of A&E, they are his employer after all. It's like a kid employed at McDonald's preaching to the customers about the wrongs of eating meat while serving them. I would believe that the show will most likely return with a warning before each episode like they do for commentary on Blu-Rays/DVDs. "The views of this show do not necessarily reflect the views of A&E"