"We Listened"; Cracker Barrel Apologizes And Puts 'Duck Dynasty' Items Back On Shelves After Christians Protest
By James Lam
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, less than two days after pulling 'Duck Dynasty' Items from its shelves, reversed its position after protests from customers and put back on its shelves the products on Sunday.
The company posted up an anoucement on its Facebook page. "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," it says.
"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," the statement continued.
At the end of the statement, it says, "We respect all individuals right to express their beliefs. We certainly did not mean to have anyone think different."
Some appreciated the company's apology but some did not.
"I don't give a rip about Duck Dynasty, but I am definitely impressed by a corporation that can simply admit a mistake. Very refreshing. If only our president could follow your example," someone named Dean Dyer said
"Cracker Barrel. Was it the almighty dollar that changed your mind?" questioned Linker. "Because now that you opened this can of worms, most Christians want to know exactly where you stand on the issue of homosexuality,"
"How bizarre that Cracker Barrel felt a need to respond at all. It was a magazine interview. He said what he believed, and what a lot of people believe. It's a free country. Why would CB feel that any response was necessary? And this cryptic response is the worst thing they could have done, as many of us will not shop at CB because they have made it seem as if they are caving to the worst interest groups and the bullying practices of the very crowd that wouldn't eat at CB. Very spineless move by CB, and brainless as well," someone named Ben Kahrl wrote.
Two days ago, the Tenn.-based restaurant company determined to stop selling some Duck Dynasty merchandise with Papa Phil's face prominently displayed, which they were concerned might offend some of their guests.
Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty, was suspended by A&E last week after an interview with GQ in which he called homosexuality sinful. Robertson's suspension has outraged many of the show's fans and supporters, who said the family should not be penalized for their religious beliefs.