The controversy surrounding the A&E reality show "Duck Dynasty" isn’t even two weeks old yet, but it already has more plot twists than the show itself. In the latest one, fans of the show and its embattled patriarch Phil Robertson plan to put pressure on A&E by flooding the company offices with rubber duckies, the New York Daily News reports.
"The first cardboard box jammed with 1,500 ducks will be sent to the channel’s CEO Nancy Dubuc by Saturday, according to Janet Porter, the founder of the conservative group Faith2Action," the story reports. "Porter said she was looking for a ‘tangible’ way to show A&E that thousands of people support Robertson’s views on homosexuality. Rick Scarborough, president of the partner organization Vision America, came up with idea to organize a ‘Mail The Duck’ campaign. The goal is to fight back against a ‘homosexual agenda’ that conservatives believe is ‘steamrolling’ over their rights to freedom of religion and free speech."
Porter told the paper: “If they can fire Phil for his Christian beliefs, none of us are safe. It’s Phil today, us tomorrow.”
Supporters of the show are reportedly paying $7 for each duck. "The squeaky creatures will be labeled with a sponsor’s name, city, and state, along with the message ‘We cry fowl-Reinstate Phil!,’” the story notes.
Scarborough added: "This is our way of saying we’re fed up with people trying to force their values down people of whole value’s throats."
He also told the paper: “I do believe this is an attack on everyone who holds these values. With these ducks we’re saying that A&E shouldn’t have shut this man down for beliefs they knew beforehand that he held.”
An online petition demanding that Robertson be reinstated on the show has reportedly gathered more than 250,000 signatures.