Dec 23, 2013 11:41 AM by David Randall
The country store and restaurant had removed Duck Dynasty merchandise from its stores because of controversy that erupted after patriarch Phil Robertson made inflammatory comments to GQ magazine about gays and blacks.
But on Sunday, just 2 days after it removed the products, Cracker barrel apologized on its Facebook page saying:
"You flat out told us we were wrong. We listened. Today, we are putting all of our Duck Dynasty products back in our stores. And, we apologize for offending you."
The Arts & Entertainment network has suspended Robertson "indefinitely" for his remarks.
Among them, Robertson likened homosexuality to bestiality and said that homosexuals, drunkards and others "won't inherit the kingdom of God."
He also said that before civil rights, blacks "were happy...no one was singing the blues."
Since Robertson's suspension, the Duck Dynasty family has issued a statement saying it stands behind Robertson and cannot imagine the show going forward without its patriarch at the helm.
The family said Robertson is a man with love in his heart and believes in treating people with respect and equality.
From Cracker Barrel's website - letter posted December 22, 2013:
Dear Cracker Barrel Customer:
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.
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.
Today, we are putting all our Duck Dynasty products back in our stores.
And, we apologize for offending you.
We respect all individuals' right to express their beliefs. We certainly did not mean to have anyone think different.
We sincerely hope you will continue to be part of our Cracker Barrel family.