Chick fil-A made plenty of headlines last year for company President and COO Dan Cathy’s views on homosexuality, but the restaurant chain will be the site of a show of support for Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson. In response to Robertson being suspended by A&E for his comments about gays in an interview with GQ magazine, a Facebook paged called Chick Phil A National Support Day has been created. The protest encourages people who support the reality star to dine at Chick-fil-A restaurants on Jan 21, but the fan page is not affiliated in any way with the restaurant.
The Facebook page was created last Monday and carries the slogan, “Stand For Free Speech. Sit For Good Food.” It already has 42,000 signatures and plenty more are expected in the coming weeks. In addition to eating at the restaurant, patrons are also encouraged to wear Duck Commander or camouflage gear.
In June 2012, Cathy began speaking out against gay marriage and incited outrage among liberals the following month when claiming he was “guilty as charged” in trying to support “traditional” family values. “We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that,” he said. “We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles.”
Restaurant chain Cracker Barrel recently tried to take the opposite approach by banning Duck Dynasty merchandise from their stories, claiming that they believed in equal rights for everyone. But after angry consumers flooded company headquarters with angry phone calls, e-mails and tweets, Cracker Barrel reversed their decision and issued an apology.