Duck Dynasty Merchandise In Danger Of Being Pulled From Shelves?

    December 22, 2013
    Ellisha Rader Mannering
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Phil Robertson’s statement on homosexuality and his resulting suspension from the A&E television show Duck Dynasty has sparked some serious debate. Both Robertson’s statements and his suspension have caused many people to boycott watching the show and now, stores are considering pulling Duck Dynasty merchandise from their shelves.

Stores have been known to pull celebrity lines of merchandise from shelves before. Earlier this year, Paula Deen’s cookware line was dropped by Walmart after she was accused of making racial comments. Food Network also refused to renew Deen’s contract when it ended in June of 2013.

Stores are not willing to risk losing the business of customers who are offended by the comments of celebrities whose product lines they carry. Cracker Barrel restaurants and stores were one of such companies who contemplated removing Duck Dynasty and Duck Commander products from their shelves.

The company initially said that they had removed products that they thought may be offensive to some customers. A few days later the company released a statement saying,

“Our intent was to avoid offending, but that’s just what we’ve done,” the company announced. “Today, we are putting all our Duck Dynasty products back in our stores.”

Robertson made his offensive comments during an interview with GQ magazine.

After being told of his suspension and how offensive his remarks were, Robertson said,

“I myself am a product of the ’60s,” he explained in a written statement issued after the flap. “I centered my life around sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll until I hit rock bottom and I accepted Jesus as my savior. My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the Bible teaches. And part of that teaching is that men and women are meant to be together. However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We were all created by the Almighty, and like him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and we loved each other.”

Do you think the network was right to suspend Robertson and should Duck Dynasty merchandise be pulled from shelves?

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  • Greg

    I just bought season 1, today, with special ”never before seen footage”. I suppose the ”quack is back”, regardless of Phil’s lack of practicing the Book of James…and yet we still love the whole Robertson family, anyway!

  • Sharon Nichols

    Iam appalled at the lack of response by stores, which were not hesitant to pull Paula Deen’s merchandise for comments she said 30 years ago! Gay-bashing in the name of religion is abhorrent and should NOT be tolerated! If Phil was such a good Christian, he should have refrained from his comments on gays AND on blacks (to the effect of “Our blacks [he would have said N*****s in the day] were happy.” The lack of response by stores shows that they are complicit in his gay-bashing and ignorance of black history. For shame!!!

    • Richard Travis

      quoting the bible is not gay bashing….it is expressing a belief that this behaviour is perverse and wrong, both in scripture and nature.

  • bruce osteen

    he represents my views perfectly.iwill boycott any store that removes there products. I also will not watch a&e until they reverse there actions.and would join a picket line at there offices

  • JSanderson

    If the LIBS would close their mouths and open the BIBLE, we’d all be the better for it. AMEN Thanx for speakin for us common folk Phil!

  • restlessnative

    If people who throw around the word ‘LIBS’ would actually READ their Bible, we would also be the better for it; ‘CONS’ don’t have a trademark hold on the Bible or its contents and don’t seem to have a problem slandering public figures when it suits them…lets leave the Bible out of political circles, it transcends such things.
    As for Phil Robertson, he seems to be a mortal (like all of us) doing his best to follow God, and there’s alot to be said for that…