Fans Outraged at Disneyland Selling ‘Duck Dynasty’ Shirt, Reference Homophobic, Racist Quotes

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Left: A tee shirt at Disneyland featuring Pirate versions of the Duck Dynasty Cast. Middle: An angry cartoon Mickey Mouse. Right: The Duck Dynasty cast on a gray background, looking into the distance.

Credit: Reddit user u/Scotcash and Deadline

Disneyland Resort is home to dozens of souvenir shops boasting merchandise inspired by your favorite Disney Parks attractions. One of those shops is Pieces of Eight in New Orleans Square, home to merchandise inspired mainly by Pirates of the Caribbean.

However, fans are furious after Reddit user u/Scotcash shared a photo of a tee shirt on sale at Pieces of Eight:

Why is Pieces of Eight at Disneyland peddling pieces of trash? from Disneyland

Many Disney Parks Guests have taken issue with the quality and variety of merchandise recently, but this tee shirt upset Disney fans for a different reason. Though it might look like a generic Pirates of the Caribbean shirt, it’s inspired by the Robertson men – starts of Duck Dynasty. 

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Duck Dynasty aired for eleven seasons but was canceled in 2017 after one of the stars, Phil Robertson, called homosexuality a sin and compared it to Beastiality. The once-beloved family man also said Black people were happy in pre-Civil Rights era America.

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Some comments suggested contacting the Disney Park to ask that the merchandise be removed. Others called the Robertson family “bigots” and accused Disneyland Resort of backtracking on tolerance for the LGBTQIA+ community.

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Others provided a more straightforward explanation. u/vahdude pointed out that the tee is one of many basic pirate-inspired shirts available on JoeBlow, a wholesale retailer.

Pirate on Pirates of the Caribbean attraction
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“I’m guessing supply chain issues and they were just buying up anything with pirates on them to fill shelves and whoever bought them for the store didn’t know what it was Duck Dynasty,” u/AbeRumHamLincoln replied. “I saw them there like a month ago, so probably aren’t moving a whole lot of them.”

“I’m more offended by pirates being such an easy ride to make cool merch out of, and instead we get this lame stuff. So much wasted potential in that store,” u/Rhymesbeatsandsprite said.

More on Pirates of the Caribbean

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Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland Park inspired the now-famous Pirates of the Caribbean (2003) film series, starring Johnny Depp. From Disneyland Resort:

Steer a course for the Golden Age of Piracy on a swashbuckling cruise through seas plagued by scoundrels.

A Pirate’s Life for You

Strike yer colors! Your adventure begins in a shadowy bayou, where you’ll board a weathered barge. Plunge down a waterfall in the dark and float through the spectral world of Pirates Grotto. Dead men tell no tales—but they guard their treasure for all eternity. 

Navigate cannon fire between a fort and a 12-gun galleon. Glide into port and behold brazen buccaneers drunk on pillaged plunder. Skulk past the well-armed lass who commands a colorful auction of villagers’ goods. 

Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland Resort
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Sing along as sea roving scalawags serenade you with their classic shanty, “Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me).” Witness flames engulf the town and pass prisoners trapped in their jail cell, doggedly trying to escape. 

Keep a spry eye out for sly Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, as he schemes to get his hands on the spoils. 

If ye be seekin’ adventure, ay—you’ve come to the proper place!

Do you think Disneyland Resort should stop selling the Duck Dynasty shirt? 

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