[Editor’s note: We are awaiting clarification from Cracker Barrel on whether this decision is limited to A&E merchandise. Please see the update at the end of this post.]
In a Facebook post Friday night, Cracker Barrel announced that it is removing selected products from its stores following the firestorm over Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ magazine.
Cracker Barrel’s mission is Pleasing People. We operate within the ideals of fairness, mutual respect and equal … http://t.co/fDxZ0dnVoW
— Cracker Barrel (@CrackerBarrel) December 21, 2013
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.
Many on Twitter decided to reevaluate their relationship with Cracker Barrel.
— Insert Name Here (@ChadCapehart) December 21, 2013
What in the world is Cracker Barrel doing? removing "selective" Duck Commander products. Thanks for letting us know CRACKER BARREL!
— John (@JohnVaiea) December 21, 2013
Really?? #CrackerBarrel is pulling Duck Dynasty merch with Phil Robertson on it now? Who do they think EATS at Cracker Barrel?
— Steve Johnson (@Grizzly_Stevens) December 21, 2013
Cracker Barrel has sent an order to all stores to take all duck dynasty stuff with Phil on it off the shelves!!That's absolutely ridiculous
— luke rhodes (@lukerhodes1) December 20, 2013
Surprised to know cracker barrel is pulling duck commander products off it's shelves.
I will not be buying the gift cards that I planned.
— Ron (@OakesRon) December 20, 2013
— Rebecca Lynn (@PB_RebeccaLynn) December 21, 2013
Looks like Cracker Barrel is removing any DUCK COMMANDER merch w/Phil on it. Selling the rest at 45% off. So they don't cater to Christians?
— Keith MacDonald (@Macs_Wax) December 21, 2013
“Duck Dynasty” sponsor Under Armour distanced itself from Phil Robertson’s religious beliefs but signaled the company would continue its sponsorship, while Christian-based truck suspension company Skyjacker distinguished itself by offering full-throated support for Robertson, God and country.
Has Cracker Barrel only removed A&E merchandise while leaving Duck Commander products on the shelves? Or have the stores removed all merchandise with Phil Robertson’s image?
Cracker Barrel Update from what I have found out. It seems they are selling Duck Commander products but not Duck… http://t.co/AicwSBE5fd
— Wayne Dupree™ (@WayneDupreeShow) December 21, 2013
Um… Cracker Barrel only pulled the Duck Dynasty merchandise, marketed by A&E. Still sells Robertson family's own Duck Commander stuff.
— The 12th Fan (@Josh_Painter) December 21, 2013
TMZ (yes, grain of salt) reports that Cracker Barrel stores removed items with Phil Robertson’s face on the packaging.
Seems like some clarification from Cracker Barrel is in order.
Editor’s note: The title of this post has been revised to reflect the uncertainty about Cracker Barrel’s statement. We will update readers if Cracker Barrel offers clarification.
Twitchy reached out to two Cracker Barrel locations. One was unable to confirm what had been pulled from the shelves. An employee at the other location said “anything with [Phil Robertston] on it” is not being sold while the company “evaluates the situation.” During a second call, he confirmed that A&E branding did not factor into the decision.