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Cracker Barrel Bails on Phil Robertson Products; Under Armour Sticks with 'Duck Dynasty': VIDEO

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Clothing manufacturer Under Armour, which supplies the camo threads for Duck Dynasty, is sticking by the show but issued a disclaimer that the remarks made by Phil Robertson are not indicative of the company's beliefs. Meanwhile southern restaurant chain Cracker Barrel is pulling Robertson-related products from its shelves.

Writes the restaurant chain on its Facebook page:

Cracker Barrel’s mission is Pleasing People. We operate within the ideals of fairness, mutual respect and equal treatment of all people. These ideals are the core of our corporate culture. We continue to offer Duck Commander products in our stores. We removed selected products which we were concerned might offend some of our guests while we evaluate the situation. We continually evaluate the products we offer and will continue to do so.

CrackerbarrelTMZ adds:

We called a bunch of Cracker Barrel stores, and the managers told us the products that were removed were the ones that had Phil's face plastered on the packaging.  Almost to a person, the managers added, "We still offer a wide variety of Duck Commander products," and then we heard a click.

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Meanwhile, GLAAD is facing its biggest backlash in years, The Wrap reports:

“In the five-and-a-half years I’ve worked at GLAAD, I’ve never received so many violently angry phone calls and social media posts attacking GLAAD for us speaking out against these comments,” the media watchdog organization’s vice president of communications Rich Ferraro told TheWrap.

He said those reactions range from those who simply believe as Robertson believes to those who feel that GLAAD and A&E’s actions limit the reality star’s free speech.

Ferraro says it isn't stopping GLAAD:

The organization is also currently researching companies who use Robertson as a spokesperson.

“Silence is agreement in this case,” he said. “With such egregious anti-gay and racist comments, those companies that choose to be affiliated with this family need to speak out.”

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  1. This Man is wrong about gay people. He uses his religion to demean us in the public. Enough is enough.

    Straight people need to realize that this world belongs to all of us. Stop hiding behind religion to hate and to kill !

    He had his free speech, and he there were consequences. His words cause gay teens to kill themselves. Cause hateful parents to kick their gay children out of homes.

    HE IS A PRODUCT OF THE 60S! The 20th century.needs.to.die.already.

    Enough !

    Posted by: ME?IMALWAYSRIGHT | Dec 21, 2013 12:49:00 PM


  2. Under Armour supports homophonic freaks? To hell with them!!!

    Posted by: litper | Dec 21, 2013 12:52:31 PM


  3. What I don't understand is if Robertson is a strict follower of the Bible why he allows himself to endorse Under Armour. Their clothing are a mix of polyester AND cotton! The blending of two fabrics is strictly forbidden by the Bible. Why doesn't anyone call him out on his bull. Unless he denounces Under Armour, he is just another bigoted hater hiding behind the Bible cherry picking his passages to promote his hate. Enough is enough!

    Posted by: Chris | Dec 21, 2013 12:52:32 PM


  4. There is irony and hypocrisy with Cracker Barrel for those who remember.....years ago Cracker Barrel was cited for being anti-gay.........it sounds like Cracker Barrel has reformed and changed its policies about the glbt community..

    Posted by: Bernie | Dec 21, 2013 12:59:18 PM


  5. Again - religion is poison. Bigots say horrible things and then try to hide behind The Bible. This is so old.

    Posted by: Geoff | Dec 21, 2013 1:30:16 PM


  6. Ted Nugent is RIGHT!!! It's disgusting to imagine two men having sex together. PUKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by: BT Gordanier | Dec 21, 2013 1:51:17 PM


  7. Gordanier, did you get lost on your way to FreeRepublic? What brought you to our little neck of the woods? Someone's a little curious.

    Posted by: Tyler | Dec 21, 2013 1:55:41 PM


  8. I do not see an ABC7 report here. What is the direct link?

    Posted by: Randy | Dec 21, 2013 2:01:17 PM


  9. The day that homosexuality is accepted as "normal" in America, will be the same day that this great country is judged by God. Heterosexuals, unite and resist this disease at any and all costs!

    Posted by: Whatrealmenknow | Dec 21, 2013 2:06:17 PM


  10. I thought judgment day was when the slaves were freed. Or when women were allows to vote. Or when divorces were allowed by the church. Or when Maine started shipping shellfish lobster to people to eat. Or when Hanes came out with their poly-cotton blend of clothing....

    Posted by: Chris | Dec 21, 2013 2:10:28 PM


  11. Wow, too extreme for even Cracker Barrel. That's just... wow.

    Posted by: Gregory in Seattle | Dec 21, 2013 2:14:23 PM


  12. Posted already?
    http://aattp.org/duck-dynasty-is-fake-and-thats-a-fact-jack-video/

    Posted by: starquisha | Dec 21, 2013 2:17:30 PM


  13. Duck Commander items, which remains available at Cracker Barrel, bear the trademark owned by the Robertson family. It is highly likely that the items removed by Cracker Barrel were Duck Dynasty branded items from which A&E profits.

    Posted by: John Allard-Lawson | Dec 21, 2013 2:19:16 PM


  14. I remember sitting at a Cracker Barrel in NC back in the late 80's with some friends, after ordering glasses of water...

    I remember being scared, but laughing and smiling...

    I am the only one in our group still alive today...

    It seems like such a long time ago, like a different world, yet at the same time, I can still hear their voices...

    Posted by: Remembering | Dec 21, 2013 2:20:13 PM


  15. Well, we have at least two in-the-closet dicksmokers commenting on here.

    Posted by: Sean Maloney | Dec 21, 2013 2:21:18 PM


  16. It's time we started calling bigots out for what they are. None of this hiding behind the Bible. I know TRUE Christians who understand the Bible and focus on the message of love from it. Bigots like Robertson and Palin who use it to perpetuate their hate give good Christians a bad name.

    Posted by: Chris | Dec 21, 2013 2:22:56 PM


  17. Cracker Barrel. I went there once in Alabama.
    It's all about heart disease-tainment.
    You walk through a retail store full of chakas and food while you're deliberately kept waiting for your table in the hopes that you'll buy some junk while on line. Then it's a menu full of stroke and heart-attack fare.
    Ah... America. Land of the free and home of heart disease, strokes and copd.

    Posted by: woody | Dec 21, 2013 2:39:50 PM


  18. Lately apart of our resident trolls we have to wellcome a new bunch of new ones.
    Unfortunately are quite boring and unoriginal

    Posted by: jjose712 | Dec 21, 2013 2:43:34 PM


  19. Under Armour, you have my business.

    Posted by: Whatrealmenknow | Dec 21, 2013 2:49:15 PM


  20. "Gordanier, did you get lost on your way to FreeRepublic? What brought you to our little neck of the woods? Someone's a little curious."

    Tyler, nothing's wrong with a little curiosity. This is often how opinions begin to change. Welcome Gordanier to Towleroad and eventually the gay community may have a new ally. Trolling doesn't always end up the way trolls intend it to! I know from experience.

    Posted by: Mary | Dec 21, 2013 2:55:11 PM


  21. In an over-crowded marketplace where we have SO MANY options, there is a way to make the decision process easier.

    We try to get the biggest bang for our buck, or try to buy the best or most esthetically pleasing products that we can afford.

    But there is something else we can do to make the decision process easier; disqualifying brands that are supporting prejudice.

    Under Armour may have issued a statement that Phil Robertson and his family's attitudes are not necessarily those of Under Armour,
    but they are still supporting prejudice by proxy.

    The word "boycott" gets thrown around a lot. For me, it's just a matter of disqualifying anti-gay brands and not supporting them. I would rather spend my money on brands that aren't taking a stand against gays, or standing idly by as the faces and voices of their brands are busy hatemongering, demonizing, rabblerousing against gays. Period. I don't really care if it doesn't make a huge dent in their bottom line; it's the principle.

    Posted by: littleribbon | Dec 21, 2013 3:06:12 PM


  22. I get tired of right-wingers screaming free speech, but I don't recall them supporting Alec Baldwin....

    People do have free speech, but there are consequences to public stances.

    ...and we're not all guaranteed a television show paying us a lot of money (no matter what we say or do)....

    Posted by: TonyJazz | Dec 21, 2013 3:44:49 PM


  23. Free speech was not limited in anyway whatsoever. Robertson had his right to free speech, A&E had its right to fire him for saying something that is deeply offensive to many of its viewers.

    Free speech protects people from being fined, jailed or otherwise punished by their government. It's what protects us from going to a Soviety-style Gulag because we speak out about the government.

    It is not a blanket protection to be employed against regular people and businesses for every dumb thing we say in life. Anyone who doesn't understand that simply doesn't understand the first amendment.

    The fact that they're now trying to wrap the bible around themselves is even more pathetic.

    These people are disgusting and deserve to get canned. A&E does not need them.

    Posted by: Ryan | Dec 21, 2013 3:49:08 PM


  24. One real tragedy here is the idea that every "brand" needs to be marketed to every niche, giving us Duck Commander products at Cracker Barrel. There's no earthly reason for Duck Commander products to be sold at Cracker Barrel. What idiot is going to think there's something special about a Duck Commander sausage sold at Cracker Barrel over a nameless one sold elsewhere? And why would you pay a premium for the privilege?

    Posted by: anon | Dec 21, 2013 4:03:22 PM


  25. Having a creepy old bearded guy crusade for your cause is the perfect image for rightwing religious bigots.

    Posted by: JonnyNYNY2FLFL | Dec 21, 2013 5:05:39 PM


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