Superfans of the popular A&E show Duck Dynasty are planning a Phil Robertson appreciation day at Chick-fil-A. Robertson has been the target of a media and public relations shitstorm after he made homophobic comments in a GQ magazine interview. What better place can there be to support Robertson than the beloved/reviled fast food chain, whose own president has faced criticism for anti-gay remarks?
According to the Chick-Phil-A Day Facebook page, on January 21 Robertson supporters are encouraged to wear "Duck Commander or camouflage gear" and head to their local Chick-fil-A to "stand for free speech" and "sit for good food." Considering the page already has over 24,000 likes and a few weeks to go, Chick-fil-A better prepare to be packed.
TMZ reports that the fast food company has nothing to do with it, with reps saying the event is "in no way sponsored by or affiliated with Chick-fil-A." Chick-fil-A has a history of playing host to events they don't necessarily plan. Back in 2012, Mike Huckabee's Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day drew massive crowds and set records. This was shortly followed by Same Sex Kiss Day, a nationwide "kiss-in" to protest president Dan Cathy's anti-gay remarks. More recently, the company issued a statement in September distancing itself from a well-attended "Guns and Coffee" meet-up at one of their locations in Louisiana.
· Chick Phil A National Support Day [Facebook]
· Chick-fil-A -- NO 'DUCK' FOR US [TMZ]
· All Chick-fil-A Coverage on Eater [-E-]