Outgunned: Fans, corporate sponsors stand by Duck Dynasty star while A&E continues suspension
Louisiana, December 23, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Despite an international furor and a suspension by A&E following remarks on homosexuality in a recent GQ interview, Phil Robertson, the star of “Duck Dynasty,” is sticking by his guns: and so are his fans and corporate sponsors.
“I will not give or back off from my path,” Robertson told attendees during a prayer at a Bible study at his hometown church in West Monroe this weekend, according to MailOnline.com.
Robertson seemed surprised by the international response to his comments, telling one congregant who thanked him for his statements: “I didn’t think much of it at all, but it seems a lot of other people did."
Last week, A&E suspended Robertson from the highly-ranked reality show he stars in for saying he opposes homosexual relationships because of the Bible and his Christian faith. Robertson also said, “We never, ever judge someone on who's going to heaven, hell. That's the Almighty's job.” He added that he wants to love all people and “give 'em the good news about Jesus.”
But while homosexual activists are continuing the outcry against Robertson and A&E, the famous hunter is finding plenty of support elsewhere.
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Meanwhile, Cracker Barrel, which had dropped their support of the show and decided to pull some Duck Dynasty items from their shelves, reversed their position 48 hours later after massive pushback from customers.
"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 wrote in a statement posted to their Facebook page. "You flat out told us we were wrong. We listened."
Under Armour, a major sponsor of the show, has also decided to stand by Robertson, albeit while expressing their disagreement with his views on homosexuality.
“The recent comments in the GQ article are not reflective of Under Armour’s beliefs and do not represent our point of view,” reads a recent statement by the company. “As a company, we are committed to diversity and inclusion and believe in treating everyone equally and with respect.”
Meanwhile, at least two TV networks have offered to take over the show, reports TMZ. Top people at Hunt Channel and Pursuit Channel have been quoted as saying they would take up the show if A&E dropped it.
The Robertson family has released a statement saying if Phil is released from the show, it “cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm.” Fox News reports each member of the family is contractually bound to the show.
It is rumored Robertson may return to the show when new episodes air in January 2014.