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MONROE, La (KNOE 8 News) - It's no secret there are many interests, including one large retail giant,  are worried about future of Duck Dynasty. The merchandising alone brings in hundreds of millions of dollars in sales annually. But the recent controversy surrounding the patriarch may have helped the mom and pops cash in on the ducks.

Ducks and beards are everywhere. And now, everyone has an opinion about them. But stemming from all the controversy, graphic designer Galen Roberts had an idea.

"I thought that would be fun to go online and make a shirt, post it on Facebook, just joking about the situation. So the first one I made said, "I thought gay meant happy happy happy.'"

Forbes reported the merchandising empire at $4 million dollars alone, with Walmart having a 50 percent stake. Of course, no one knows what will happen if the show is canceled and Calmar won't say if their sales have gone up or down after Phil's GQ interview.

Tiffany Thomas said she has several pieces of their merchandise and doesn't see the numbers going down, at least not for the duck commander brand...

"I don't think their sales are going to go down by this. If anything, up.  I think there is more people supporting Phil than not," Thomas said.  

Roberts, however, is not opposed to designing shirts for the other side of the argument, if asked.

"Not to be pro-Phil or anti-Phil, I would not turn away a customer for their opinions or beliefs," Roberts said.

Roberts admits he is probably not the only person trying to cash in on the recent duck debacle, but he said he is just trying to make a few bucks doing something he enjoys.

With only a few days under his belt, Roberts says he has only sold a few T-shirts. But the controversy has done one thing, spurred good old American business. 

You can check put his website at http://www.tshirtprintonline.com/sale.

 

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