'Duck Dynasty's' Willie Robertson deemed unfit role model because of wine line
One religious group takes so much offense from the recently announced "Duck Dynasty" line of wines that it's canceled an appearance by Willie Robertson because it deemed him to be an unfit role model.
Robertson was scheduled to speak at Bristol, Tenn.'s Viking Hall Civic Center on April 12, 2014 on behalf of Family Ministries. But because of the Robertsons' decision to partner with Trinchero Family Estates and launch the Duck Commander wines, which will be available at select Walmart stores for $10, the appearance was canceled.
"Our greatest responsibility is to the young people we serve. Therefore, we feel that in light of the recent news that the stars of 'Duck Dynasty' are partnering with Trinchero Family Estates [in Napa Valley] to launch Duck Commander Wines, to continue with this event would send mixed messages to the young people who go through our adolescent drug and alcohol program," Family Ministries development director Derek Bell says in a statement. "Our message must be consistent. The lives of those children may well hang in the balance. We certainly apologize to the people who have already purchased tickets, and pray they understand our position."
Many fans questioned the Robertsons' decision to launch a line of wine considering several members of the family have admitted to alcohol abuse problems. Do you think there's a separation of business ventures and family values, or do you think the Robertsons shouldn't have launched the three wines?