Openly identifying as homosexual, the founder of the non-denominational and Christian Church of Open Arms, Pastor Jordan Brown is pursuing a lawsuit against Whole Foods Market for a curious and disturbing cause.
Pastor Brown claims to have ordered a cake from the health food mega-giant that read “Love Wins,” but upon pick-up in an Austin, Texas location discovered that the pastry chef who had prepared his cake had added a homophobic slur to the end of the phrase. “Love Wins F**” was apparently slandered across the top of the cake.
The Pastor was outraged upon this discovery, telling CBS News that he made a call immediately to the local Whole Foods from which he bought the dessert demanding to speak to customer service. The employee with whom he conferred appeared apologetic, and yet requested to handle the matter internally and return Brown’s call after the matter was resolved.
Two hours later, Pastor Brown received a call from the Whole Foods location regarding the issue. The store told Brown that they claimed no responsibility for the incident and that their employee had no part in the offensive cake vandalism.
Brown was unrelenting, calling upon the services of an attorney to press charges against the company. And Whole Foods is coming back at him full force, filing charges in return for what they say to be ungrounded claims.
"Our bakery team member wrote 'Love Wins' at the top of the cake, which was visible to Mr. Brown through the clear portion of the packaging," Whole Foods said in a press release statement. "That's exactly how the cake was packaged and sold at the store. Whole Foods Market has a strict policy that prohibits team members from accepting or designing bakery orders that include language or images that are offensive."
Pastor Jordan Brown posted a YouTube video featuring the cake and his accusations; Whole Foods Market has also released security tape footage of Brown leaving the store premises. In the video, the untouched UPC label on the cake box is in a different location than in Brown’s personal video, implying that Brown may have tampered with the product himself.
Whether or not the Whole Foods Employee who has publically identified as a member of the LGBTQ community really did right the homophobic slur or if Pastor Brown is simply making empty accusations, who’s to say?
The situation appears confusing and convoluted at best, although simultaneously mysterious and revolting regardless of who defiled the cake.