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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.
J. Ann December 30, 2013 at 06:46 PM
Right, Mike, right. :D I, too have first hand experience with research, plenty of it, but why does that have to come up? I missed that point, yes, enlighten me...
FSHNT21 December 30, 2013 at 06:53 PM
You have the perverts VS the Christians and Obama backing the perverts...
J. Ann December 30, 2013 at 06:54 PM
Because anyone you judge and label homophobic and/or racist is...stupid?
J. Ann December 30, 2013 at 06:57 PM
How extremely self-righteous and arrogant.
dave December 30, 2013 at 06:58 PM
dumbbells, killer whales, cracker barrel, if the name fits... wear it. what did you expect to hear when you ask a redneck about gays and blacks? why is anyone shocked? these are not open minded progressive individuals. these are good ole boys from the bayou and they do not represent the opinion of anyone who may be considered a free thinker.
J. Ann December 30, 2013 at 07:09 PM
Baloney, Dave---I'm not a redneck nor a good ol boy, and neither are many of the authors of some sane opinions here, but you, like Mike, thinks too highly of your poor ol self. As the saying goes, people may think you're crazy, but just shut your mouth before you remove all doubt!
Enrique W.v. Iglesias December 30, 2013 at 07:48 PM
I'm amazed (I shouldn't be) but when I see the first lady take the time to congratulate someone for coming out of the closet (no matter how late in life), but when my little girl was having a life threatening operation for Neuroblastoma Cancer then had 5 months of Chemotherapy and then another major Surgery on her spine and more Chemotherapy, do you think that I could get a card from the White House to cheer her up... and you wonder what's wrong with our society?
dave December 30, 2013 at 07:48 PM
My Dear J. Ann. please forgive me but I did not call you a redneck or a good ole boy, or mean to intimate that you are one if you agree with them, I was refering to the lunkheads who populate the cast of Duck Dynasty, I am quite confident that they are red neck good ole boys.
CULLY December 30, 2013 at 08:21 PM
I as a white person is offened by the name cracker for the resturant and rainbows get over it move on nobody cares anymore !!
moecephus December 30, 2013 at 08:33 PM
J. Ann, I really tried to reply not recommend! As for degrees and graduate degrees, a piece of paper does not make you more intelligent or knowledgable on all subjects. As a friend once stated, each degree level means you know more and more about less and less. I have worked with physicists that were hardly able to tie their own shoes. As more self congratulating Mike, you still have not shown a superior intellect or advanced knowledge - my youngest granddaughter has mastered google, as well as the library! I do wish all those commenting would actually read the interview for content - if they do not understand I am sure someone will explain it to them! This whole thing is really funny to me.
ray December 30, 2013 at 08:53 PM
Tell Igor that when you become an apologist for racism, you might as well be a racist because, in actual fact, you are. I know that this concept may be difficult for you to digest, but that's because you're a racist and you can't tell.
J. Ann December 30, 2013 at 09:58 PM
Dear dave, I forgive you, but I perceive a degressive (as opposed to progressive, which you fancy yourself to possess) attitude towards the duck dynasty clan, who represent my Christian values. I have no problem with them nor their beliefs, and perceive you are classifying them in a bigoted way--and calling it progressive, open-minded and free thinking. It's not. To be fair, I used to label people I didn't agree with or thought were "backwards thinking" as rednecks or "good ol boys", but I was a 17 y.o. hippie radical back then! My mind was warped from the liberal, kool aide pushing media---but I grew up and stopped that nonsensical thinking and began to be a REAL free thinker, just not as you describe it. They represent true moral, Biblical values, and are not haters or racists as the baiters would suggest.
J. Ann December 30, 2013 at 10:03 PM
@Moecephus~not sure what you are referring to...I didn't at all mean to imply a degree was important for understanding this article or whatever. I was actually saying the opposite when speaking to Mike about his grad degree and his looking down on others ability to do their research. It's that liberal superiority thing.
ernesto December 30, 2013 at 11:13 PM
anyone who says they have not seen racists things growing up in the south is a big fat Lie
TB Player December 30, 2013 at 11:16 PM
Is it ok to point out the Intolerant Hypocrisy this group is exhibiting? While they may not agree with his views, he has his right to them, as they have their right to theirs. To call for boycotts and punishments because of religious beliefs is quite intolerant of Rainbow and any other person who feel the same way. He never showed intolerance, but just a crass way of conveying his belief it is a Sin. Whether it is or isnt, is of no consequence. But dont blatantly display your Hypocrisy on Intolerance by practicing Intolerance.
Cathy Haskell December 31, 2013 at 12:23 AM
Where was the boycotts from Rainbow Push when the Jackson's stole all the money from their people. I guess that was okay
Snookhookr December 31, 2013 at 01:16 AM
Jessie Jackson, who called NYC "Hymietown", has the NERVE to call anyone else a racist. His organization, Rainbow Push IS NOTHING BUT a racist organization...used to shake down those it disagrees with. If I see them in front of the Cracker Barrel near me I'll go out of my way to go inside and make a purchase of DD stuff that I have no interest in owning.
Chef Marcel December 31, 2013 at 07:20 AM
Camo gear and related items are not, in my opinion, offensive items to be displayed in an old fashioned country store venue. I just wonder what the Rainbow people would want displayed instead? Would adult sex novelty items demand equal representation and shelf space? I would be greatly offended to have to shield my grand daughters eyes from anatomically correct cheese spreads, edible pepperoni dildos and booby shaped crackers. Rainbow Push is just grabbing attention, no socially redeemable message exists
Julia Cady December 31, 2013 at 07:29 AM
So it's okay for Jackson to call Jews Hymies but it's not okay for Robertson to express his views? There is a little hypocracy going on here...normal, of course, for Jackson and his cronies. Robertson is just as entitled to express his views, repugnant as they seem to some, as was Jackson when he called the entire Jewish population Hymies. Anyone who is offended, or pretends to be, by Robertson's comments can just not watch the show or purchase Duck Dynasty merchandise. Good for those who lambasted the people who canceled the show and pulled the merchandise. It's about time the silent majority stood up for itself. This is America. Everyone is entitled to his or her own views, and entitled to express them without fear of reprisal.
Dj Grimaldi December 31, 2013 at 09:12 AM
Dennis, What are you smoking? You should be asking Rev Wilson?PUSH if her time would be better spent protesting, marching, speaking against the THOUSANDS of BLACK men, woman, children KILLED, EVERY YEAR, in Democratically controlled, with tough anti gun laws, with NO stop and frisk laws, with NO stand your ground laws cites of LA, Oakland, Detroit, New Orleans, East St Louis, Atlanta, Washington, DC, even in Jesse Jackson's/PUSH hometown Chicago with 1000 Black men, women, children shot/513 killed just last year (5000 killed in Chicago since 2002) God help them all
Igor December 31, 2013 at 10:08 AM
Ray just where did you read anything racist in my comments? I think a lot of people read more into stuff than was written. If I'm a racist, then trust me I would let you know it.
Beatriz Perez December 31, 2013 at 10:35 AM
Going to Cracker Barrel this AM and will enjoy their breakfast delights. On the way out I might buy DD camo hat. Oh and rev Jesse did you bring along your out of wed lock child to the demo?
Michael Weakley December 31, 2013 at 10:40 AM
To be quite honest I am getting rather tired of hearing from gay rights activist and rainbow or whoever they are. If they keep it up they'll be as well liked as Westboro Baptist church. They want to be accepted, but at the same time tell you who you can and can't accept. What a bunch of morons.
Igor December 31, 2013 at 11:03 AM
I really feel that the gay population is segregating themselves. For example the gay hockey league, the gay parade> They always seem to bring up the subject. If they're happy, then I'm happy for them. But please I'm tired of it being thrown in my face. If they didn't say anything, I wouldn't even know, nor would I care. I'm not saying hide it, just don't exploit it. Like the show "Queer eye for the straight guy" they used their gayness to make money. Then it was ok to use the word queer. Every other comedy on tv is about homosexuals, here again they are exploiting being gay. Enough is enough.
sue December 31, 2013 at 11:21 AM
Dear Gary A there sure is a long waiting line to get the food you call crap and even a tenth of their profits would provide a nice living.
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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