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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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Duke Steele    

Funny how when blacks or gays have something negative to say about white people or straight people that theres no controversy because its freedom of speech. But, if a white person says something about either, even just a matter of fact statement, its hate speech, racist and they should be shot. Just saying.

216 days ago
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loulou    

Really?! How many of the old farts in your restaurant and store are sincerely complaining?! because you know how old people love wasting money on reality tv merchandising.

216 days ago
93.

KJ    

"...Freedom of speech does not mean freedom from consequences." ~Jay Reed

We can all say what we want to say and feel how we want to feel, but we should not be too surprised when others exercise the same right in opposition. If some of us just take a moment to speak responsibly, we would be doing our part to make the world we live in a better place, instead of filling it with more hate-speak that achieves nothing but stomping on the spirit of another human being. Just because you can say something, does not always mean that you should. Those who do so anyway, really are the ones who suffer from true entitlement issues.

216 days ago
94.

KaylaD1    

Oh my goodness people. A vegetarian can have lunch with a meatlover stuffing their face with a bacon double cheeseburger right??? Yes! Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. As long as you treat the people whose beliefs and ways are different than yours the same way you would treat a friend, with respect and kindness, there's no problem. The world is full of very different people and thank God it is or we would all live very boring dull lives. No one can say a damn thing these days without someone saying they offended this or that person or group or religion. If you respect someone they will respect your opinion and beliefs.

216 days ago
95.

Carl    

Pretty obvious they realized their clientele catered more to the redneck crowd than the gay crowd. No matter what your view on the issue is I think we can agree the people running Cracker Barrel have no interest in doing what is right (either condemning Phil or supporting him depending on your views) just what makes them money.

216 days ago
96.

Dfer    

Duke you are absolutely right... They want freedom to live how they live an freedom of speech but don't give others the same freedom. Ridiculous...

216 days ago
97.

Waka Waka Waka    

Just for that Duck Dynasty should pull the plug on Cracker Barrel

216 days ago
98.

Icansee4miles    

Cracker Barrel; appropriately named!!

216 days ago
99.

TrentK1978    

This isn't the first time Cracker Barrel has sided against Race or Equality.

216 days ago
100.

steve    

I like how this little article has no signature, whos spineless author, dumass.

216 days ago
101.

KJ    

"...Freedom of speech does not mean freedom from consequences." ~Jay Reed

We can all say what we want to say and feel how we want to feel, but we should not be too surprised when others exercise the same right in opposition. If some of us just take a moment to speak responsibly, we would be doing our part to make the world we live in a better place, instead of filling it with more hate-speak that achieves nothing but stomping on the spirit of another human being. Just because you can say something, does not always mean that you should. Those who do so anyway are the ones who suffer from true entitlement issues.

216 days ago
102.

Somerville    

Good for Cracker Barrel.

216 days ago
103.

Machelle    

Didn't know Harvey was gay for real. Thought y'all were just speculating. That explains why he bashes anyone who remote disagrees with anything gay related. greginhollywood.com/tmzs-harvey-levin

216 days ago
104.

codyor448    

by the looks of most of the responses here, This will not bode well for Cracker Barrel in the long run. It would appear that most of the Haters and Bigots posting here are Cracker Barell customers. Leaves a sour taste in my mouth!

216 days ago
105.

Sashatree    

Cracker Barrel has a long history of being anti-gay -- to this is not surprise. I guess there's still a large enough herd of antediluvians out there willing to eat their sh*t.

216 days ago
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