The massive wave of support for the suspended star of ‘Duck Dynasty’ has led to a national event to bring folks out in force to show they stand with Phil Robertson and his right to free speech.
“Chick-Phil-A National Support Day” is a Facebook event started earlier this week by Eric Odom – founder of one of the largest pro-Robertson Facebook pages – and others, “from a grassroots view” to urge support of “two of the biggest brands to have, in recent history, come under fire for sharing an opinion on personal faith-based beliefs:” Chick-fil-A and Phil Robertson.
And — so far — over 50,000 patriots are joining in.
“Join the movement to support Chick-fil-a and Phil Robertson by wearing cam/Duck Commander gear to eat at a Chick-fil-a on January 21, 2014,” the event reads, and since Monday, over 51,000 people are planning to do just that.
Odom, who was behind the launch of the of the Facebook page “Stand With Phil Robertson” that has almost 1.6 million “Likes,” said he is more of an “activist-type, more activist minded,” and wanted to find a way for patriots to take the next step.
“In my head I was trying to address the question people who signed the petition, fanned and shared the page were asking about what action could [be taken] next,” Odom said.
Odom noted the “similarities” between Phil Robertson and the controversy surrounding Chick-fil-A in 2012. He and others recalled the success of Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day on Aug. 1, 2012.
Odom launched the “Chick-Phil-A National Support Day,” Monday as a way for people to “make a unified, one day statement” of support for Robertson, Chick-fil-A and free speech, he told BizPac Review.
“There is this 900 pound gorilla or this sleeping giant out there that doesn’t like being prodded and poked and we feel like we’re being prodded and poked,” he said. “And we would rather just mind our own business and be left alone, but if you are just going to push and push and push and push, eventually your going to wake the thing up and it’s going to come out screaming. And that’s what the January 21 event is, to show undeniable support.”
In July 2012, Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy came under fire for saying the company stands behind the “biblical definition of the family.” He was attacked by some of the same groups attacking Robertson now — GLAAD and HRC, specifically.
The ensuing backlash led to “record setting” sales as thousands of supporters showed up on Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day on Aug. 1, 2012.
Now, thousands are planning to line up again to support Robertson’s right to free speech after his controversial comments on homosexuality led to his indefinite suspension from A&E’s top rated show, “Duck Dynasty.”
Odom said he has had no communication with Chick-fil-A and notes that thr food chain does not endorse his event in a disclaimer on his Facebook page.