Published December 27, 2013
Diehard fans of the A&E show "Duck Dynasty" are planning to show their loyalty by holding a Phil Robertson appreciation day at Chick-fil-A franchises nationwide on Jan. 21.
According to the Chick-Phil-A Day Facebook page, Robertson supporters are encouraged to wear "Duck Commander or camouflage gear" to their local Chick-fil-A to "stand for free speech" and "sit for good food."
The event already has over 24,000 likes and nearly 60,000 listed attendees since its creation on Dec. 20.
Robertson has been the target of a media firestorm since making comments on homosexuality in a GQ magazine interview earlier this month. The scandal led to his suspension from A&E.
Chick-fil-A entered the national debate on same-sex marriage back in 2012 after its CEO Dan Cathy said in an interview that he is a firm backer of traditional marriage. His remarks led to both an outpouring of support and a strong backlash against the chain.
As protests against Chick-fil-A spread across the country, former Arkansas governor and Fox News contributor Mike Huckabee decided to hold a national Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day in support of Cathy’s stance on same-sex marriage.
Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day was shortly followed by Same Sex Kiss Day, a nationwide "kiss-in" for gay and lesbian couples to protest the CEO’s remarks.
The company also became host to the national debate on gun control back in Sept., when a Louisiana lawmaker hosted "Guns & Coffee" meet-ups at Chick-fil-A locations throughout the state.
The fast food franchise publicly stated that it was not associated with planning the pro-firearm events and is now working to distance itself from the upcoming Chick-Phil-A Day.
TMZ reported that the company wants nothing to do with the event, with reps saying the event is "in no way sponsored by or affiliated with Chick-fil-A."