Did This Gay Pastor Fake A Anti-Gay Slur On A Cake He Bought From Whole Foods? YBTJ
A Texas pastor received a cruel surprise recently when a cake he bought from Whole Foods came complete with a homophobic slur – the word “fag” – written on it in blue frosting.
Pastor Jordan Brown, who is openly gay and is the founder of The Church of Open Doors, had requested a cake that said “Love Wins” when whoever was wielding the nozzle decided to turn that hopeful message into a hateful one by adding the slur.
here’s his side:
In a video explaining the April 14 incident, Brown shows that the cake, which he bought as a gift for a member of his congregation, is still sealed in its box and appears untampered with. Brown is suing Whole Foods over the incident and the video was posted online by Brown’s law firm. In the video Brown states, “This is discrimination.”
The text of Brown’s lawsuit describes the transaction in greater detail:
Specifically, Pastor Jordan was looking for a cake with the personalized message: “Love Wins.” Pastor Jordan approached the bakery counter, pointed to a blank, pre-frosted cake in the display case, and asked for the words “Love Wins” to be added to the cake.
The Whole Foods bakery associate removed the cake selected by Pastor Jordanfrom the display case. She brought it over to the prep table and began writing on it in icing. She then sealed it with a Whole Foods sticker, and handed it to Pastor Jordan. Once it was sealed, there was no way to alter the cake without breaking the Whole Foods sticker.
Brown noticed what the text of the cake said as he was driving home and contacted Whole Foods. Meanwhile, Whole Foods is denying responsibility:
Our team member wrote ‘Love Wins’ at the top of the cake as requested by the guest, and that’s exactly how the cake was packaged and sold at the store. Our team members do not accept or design bakery orders that include language or images that are offensive. Whole Foods Market has a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination. We stand behind our bakery team member, who is part of the LGBTQ community, and the additional team members from the store, who confirmed the cake was decorated with only the message ‘Love Wins.’
Nevertheless, the evidence appears to support Brown’s claims. Firstly, there’s the matter of the seal. Secondly, if you were only going to write “Love Wins,” why would you put both words at the very top of the cake, leaving the middle of the cake empty? It seems that space was reserved for the slur.
Then here is their side:
The pastor is the bottom right of the video buying the cake, that supposedly has the word fag written on it. You can see the cake through the packaging.
Shortly after the news broke that Whole Foods was being sued by Pastor Jordan Brown for allegedly selling him a cake that included a homophobic slur, Whole Foods pushed back forcefully, saying Brown’s claims are false and that the retailer will be pursuing legal action of its own.
Whole Foods issued the following statement: “After a deeper investigation of Mr. Brown’s claim, we believe his accusations are fraudulent and we intend to take legal action against both Mr. Brown and his attorney.” They also released security footage that it claims shows Brown purchasing the cake and which purportedly proves that the cake was tampered with.
According to the Palm Beach Post, the statement continues: “After reviewing their security footage of Mr. Brown, it’s clear that the UPC label was in fact on top of the cake box, not on the side of the package. This is evident as the cashier scans the UPC code on top of the box, which you can view here.”
At least one Twitter detective has also chimed in, noting that, in places, the lighter blue frosting appears to cover a darker shade, suggesting that a frosting cover-up may have taken place.
Meanwhile other unofficial investigators questioned the likelihood that someone would buy a cake with a custom design, with a transparent top, and fail to notice a prominent slur in the center of the cake at the time of purchase.
Whole Foods’ statement, again via the Palm Beach Post, went on to say:
“We stand behind our bakery team member, who is part of the LGBTQ community, and we appreciate the team members and shoppers who recognize that this claim is completely false and directly contradicts Whole Foods Market’s inclusive culture, which celebrates diversity.”
To add a bit more of a twist to this story, the cashier he bought the cake from turns out to be gay!