Just as Duck Dynasty family patriarch refuses to back down from the anti-gay statements that put him in hot water, so too do his fans refuse to back down from supporting him. And they’re willing to eat at Chick-Fil-A to prove it.
January 21 will mark the first-ever Chick-Phil-A Day in support of Robertson. According to a Facebook event page for the eat-in, participants are encouraged to don “Duck Commander or camouflage gear” and head on down to the local chicken store to “sit for good food” and “stand for free speech.”
Since debuting on Dec. 20, the Facebook page for Chick-Phil-A Day has garnered more than 24,000 likes and some 60,000 attendees. So, lots of Duck Dynasty fans are apparently concerned equally with “free speech” and “good food.” There is, in essence, no other way to marry the two besides enjoying a fried chicken sandwich in support of a bearded man who stands by his assertion that “a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus.”
But given Chick-Fil-A’s history with the gay rights issue, Duck Dynasty fans couldn’t have picked a better location. If you recall, back in 2012 CEO Dan Cathy told the press that he doesn’t support gay marriage, leading to a firestorm that resulted in several eat-ins in support of the chain (and a whole lot more cristicism). Their own “Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day” started as a reaction to the criticism the company faced over Cathy’s statements.
The chicken hawkers, however, have come out publicly as having no part in the Chick-Phil-A day organizing, and in fact are moving to distance themselves from the event as much as possible. Which essentially was their tactic last year when Second Amendment supporters started using Chick-Fil-A locations as meeting points for their “Guns & Coffee” meetups.
Still, though, the Duck Dynasty rabble can’t be kept out forever. Someone’s going to have to give them the “good food” they signed up for. Whether they get the free speech they’re looking for, though, depends on A&E.