'Duck' fans push for 'Chick-Phil-A Day'

NEED TO KNOW
  • Movement on Facebook calls for fans of 'Duck Dynasty' patriarch Phil Robertson to eat at Chick-fil-A
  • Robertson has been suspended from show after comments in magazine article about homosexuality, race
  • Chick-fil-A says the January 21 event is not sponsored or affiliated with fast-food chain
'Duck' fans push for 'Chick-Phil-A Day'

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Fans of "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson are using Chick-Fil-A to support their cause, but the restaurant isn't on board with their efforts.

A Facebook page has been created, encouraging people to wear their Duck Commander or camouflage gear to eat at a Chick-fil-A restaurant for "Chick-Phil-A Day" on January 21 to show their support for Robertson.

Robertson was suspended earlier in December from the popular A&E show for remarks he made in a GQ magazine interview about homosexuality and race.

Read more: 'Duck Dynasty' fam: No show without Dad! 

Chick-fil-A has distanced itself from the planned event. A media representative from the restaurant released a statement to HLN saying, "This event has been created by an independent group and is not sponsored by or affiliated with Chick-fil-A." The Facebook page does have a disclaimer that it is not affiliated with Chick-fil-A.

It's not the first time the fast-food chain has found itself in the midst of controversy.

Chick-fil-A President and Chief Operating Officer Dan Cathy faced backlash in 2012 when he voiced his support for the biblical definition of marriage in an interview with The Baptist Press.

The reaction to Cathy's comments spurred conservative commentator and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee to launch "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day," urging people to visit the restaurant on August 1 of that year. The turnout led to one of the most popular sales day in Chick-fil-A history.

Two days later, in response to "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day," same-sex couples were encouraged to kiss each other at the fast-food chain.

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