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Cracker Barrel

We Know How the Wind Blows

Phil's Products are Back

12/22/2013 2:40 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Cracker Barrel execs have cracked after just one day ... lifting their ban on Phil Robertson's merchandise ... and it's the ultimate hypocrisy.

A CB rep now says the company had no choice but to cave after "Duck Dynasty" fans blasted them via email, phone and social media. 

Cracker Barrel decided to pull the products because it was so concerned about "equal treatment of all people" and "mutual respect."  In other words, they felt Phil was loathsome.

But so much for principles when the almighty dollar gets in the way.  Cracker Barrel now says, "You told us we made a mistake and you weren't shy about it ... you flat out told us we were wrong." 

And this is precious ... They say, "We apologize for offending you."

So here's the upshot.  On Saturday Cracker Barrel apparently felt Phil had offended gays and that's why they took a stand.  But 24 hours later they realized a bigger problem than offending gays is offending customers who pay for CB stuff.


So now the CB rep took the position the company should have taken in the first place:  "We respect all individuals' rights to express their beliefs."

How do CB execs move from office to office ... hard to do when you don't have a spine.


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61.

Chaps    

Sorry TMZ what Phil said is in the Bible and you cant erase it.

312 days ago
62.

Krampus    

The First Amendment does not mean you have the right to a show on A&E. I'm sure those duckhunt dirt urchins signed a public representation contract with Disney/A&E. I wouldn't be surprised if Cracker Barrel executives planned this reversal before taking down the merchandise, to give those drooling bigoted remipedes a victory to gloat over after their initial hysteria, and afterwards run and stuff their fat faces at Cracker Barrel and feel like they've won.

312 days ago
63.

FUT THE SHUCK UP    

Bravo to Cracker Barrel for listening to the majority.

312 days ago
64.

FUT THE SHUCK UP    

CRACKER BARREL IS YUMMY AGAIN

312 days ago
65.

lou    

Who cares

312 days ago
66.

yomama    

and this is why "we the people" should never be able to vote on the civil rights of others. Most people supporting this cretin have no idea ALL the vile things he says.

312 days ago
67.

Machelle    

TMZ sure gets upset when it comes to gays.

312 days ago
68.

Eddie    

when CB agreed with your viewpoint they were geniuses. now that they have sided with the majority of Americans, that Phil has a right to his opinion, you blast them....typical tmz

312 days ago
69.

RossNRachel4ever    

Why are so many Bible thumping gay haters on the TMZ boards? You know this is a celebrity gossip site run by a gay guy, right?

312 days ago
70.

Babygirl1888    

I really don't understand whats the problem here? All this man did was voice his opinion on it. Newsflash world not everybody agrees with certain things including homosexuality. I support phil and will continue to purchase duck dynasty gear just bought 2 tshirts for my daughter . Glaad is getting kinna bullyish

312 days ago
71.

j    

CB why did I know this would happen....hhmmm because money comes first it's a business it would of been a stupid move

312 days ago
72.

mousetrap    

You say "hypocrites" as if this is coming from the hearts of the people running these companies. Do you really think Cracker Barrel or most for-profit companies out there give two farts about gay rights and whether whatever group is offended. Oh, hell no. They care about their bottom line. And understandably so. It's competitive out there. So no, they aren't being "hypocrites". Not even close. At first they wanted to pull the product because they were afraid of a financial backlash if they continued to sell the stuff. Then they realized the wind was actually really blowing the other way and realized they better get that **** back out there.

312 days ago
73.

Gsharon 710    

Well now TMZ, you had no problem printing a poster's remarks calling Tray a porch monkey, so suck it up like a ma?

312 days ago
74.

Rob.S    

Make sure your not buying from wal-mart those are a&e products. Check before you buy anywhere on line duck commander will work.

312 days ago
75.

Napoleon    

This is ridiculous. People bitch and moan day to day that companies and corporations don't listen to the little guy, yet once they make a decision based on the opinion being voiced to them, you bitch and moan about how they're "hypocrites" or "wrong", no, they're trying the best they can to listen to their consumers. Whichever opinion is more loudly voiced to them, is the one that will be taken in to consideration. That isn't the companies fault. So shame on you TMZ, and anyone calling CB a "hypocrite" for being exactly that.

312 days ago
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