On Sunday, the popular southern-themed Cracker Barrel issued an apology on Facebook for pulling some Phil Robertson-themed items and said it was putting all of its Duck Dynasty products in its stores.
"When we made the decision to remove and evaluate certain Duck Dynasty items, we offended many of our loyal customers. Our intent was to avoid offending, but that’s just what we've done," the company said. "You told us we made a mistake. And, you weren't shy about it. You wrote, you called and you took to social media to express your thoughts and feelings. You flat out told us we were wrong."
The company said it "listened" and announced it was returning all Duck Dynasty products.
"And," Cracker Barrel said, "we apologize for offending you."
"We respect all individuals right to express their beliefs. We certainly did not mean to have anyone think different," the company added in its statement.
Reaction was mixed, with some taking the company to task for bowing to political pressure and others reminding Cracker Barrel that Duck Dynasty products actually help A&E, the network that suspended Phil Robertson for frank comments he made regarding homosexuality in an interview with GQ magazine.
One person, however, said he was "definitely impressed by a corporation that can simply admit a mistake." That message was "liked" 4,300 times.
Another person said it was too bad Paula Deen wasn't afforded the same forgiveness.
Several Facebook pages declaring a boycott of the chain sprang up after Cracker Barrel announced it would not sell some items.
“I have no respect for a company that bows to the slightest pressure from the politically correct,” Huckabee said on Facebook.
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, told Starnes his family has eaten in nearly every Cracker Barrel in the country.
“Cracker Barrel must be off their rocker,” Perkins told Fox News. “For Cracker Barrel to take the bait of an organization like GLAAD, which has led the attack on Phil Robertson, they are betraying the values of the vast majority of their customers.”
Despite receiving a tremendous blowback, GLAAD said it was researching other companies sponsoring Robertson.
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