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Rainbow PUSH Protests 'Duck Dynasty' Merchandise at Local Cracker Barrel

Rainbow PUSH promises more pickets next Monday as 'Duck' gear returns to Cracker Barrel shelves.

Because who wouldn't want fancy duds like these? | Credit: Duck Dynasty promotional photo
Because who wouldn't want fancy duds like these? | Credit: Duck Dynasty promotional photo

To Cracker Barrel, "wholesome fixins" like chicken-fried steak and grits go well with Duck Dynasty merchandise, but the return of Duck Dynasty caps, t-shirts, books and mugs to the restaurant stores met with objections by Rainbow PUSH.

Cracker Barrel pulled Duck Dynasty items from its shelves earlier this month after A&E suspended its family patriarch, Phil Robertson, from the show for his anti-homosexual comments to GQ magazine. Robertson, 67, also said he never saw discrimination against blacks as a boy growing up in the South.

But customer backlash prompted Cracker Barrel to return camouflage pants and other Duck Dynasty goods to its shelves. “We listened … And, we apologize for offending you,” reads a company statement posted on its website.

That move, however, gives offense to the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, whose protesters gathered outside the Matteson Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Restaurant on Friday and handed out leaflets to customers. Rainbow PUSH senior adviser Rev. Janette Wilson said the group plans more protests Monday in other outlets that sell Duck Dynasty merchandise.

“As if we enjoyed being disrespected when we had to sit in the back of the bus,” Wilson told Sun-Times Media on Friday. “This is not a laughing matter."

One Homewood woman who bought several items at the Cracker Barrel store turned right around and returned them after listening to the protesters.

“To know better is to do better,” Christine Canada told a reporter.

Also on Friday, A&E announced that Robertson would return to the show. The network said fan and sponsor support influenced the decision to lift Robertson's suspension, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Cracker Barrel has restaurants in Matteson, Tinley Park, Joliet, Romeoville, Naperville and Gurnee.

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YOUR TURN: What do you think of Phil Robertson's comments and the Cracker Barrel and A&E decisions? Share in the comments.
jack hess January 03, 2014 at 04:02 PM
Have people forgotten about what Louis Farrakhan and Al Sharpton stated about gay's? Louis Farrakhan call for GAYS to be beheaded, nobody says a word. FACT! Obama refers to him as a hero; liberals laud him for his courge. Al Sharpton and the so called Rev. Jackson are nothing but RACE PROFITEERS! So called REV. Sharpton on TV called a person fag sissy. Al Sharpton is( well documented) making racially insulting and insenitive comments in public. How about when Sharpton make racist comment of the falsely accused DUKE LACROSSE PLAYERS. That women Crystal Mangum was found guilty of second-degree murder 2012. How about Tawana Brawley Hoax that she was gang raped by whites, including a police officer. Sharpton knowing the fact's their was no rape drove this to national prominence..
jack hess January 03, 2014 at 04:11 PM
Remember so called REV. Jackson has a love child to support from his girlfriend. That why he needs money, so his wife can write out the check to his baby momma. He made so many racist comment about Jews and white.
American First January 04, 2014 at 05:47 AM
With the temperatures beginning to plunge, I would like to recommend that ALL Rainbow PUSH supporters spend the next 3 days protesting outside of Cracker Barrels across the nation. I particularly encourage Jesse to show his leadership & devotion for the cause by protesting outside CB's in Fargo, North Dakota. Just think, Jesse, how much money your supporters would slip into your pockets if you showed "true" leadership by "braving a little cold" for your BS cause. We all know that Jesse is all about "color", the color of "green". Oh, and Jesse, no fair sitting in your limo where your driver keeps your latte hot.
Bob Walsh February 04, 2014 at 02:37 PM
PUSH is located in Chicago!!! How many "PUSH" followers dine @Cracker Barrels in Matteson? WTF do these people work or just picket and boycott. C'Mon Jesse go do something worthwhile for your congregation instead of inciting bad feelings between communities
Albert Gazalooch February 04, 2014 at 03:24 PM
That's what they do best. Boycott and protest where it makes no difference.

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