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It turns out that Pastor Jordan Brown was the perpetrator of a hoax that had the gay community up in arms—and had Whole Foods in court filing a countersuit right away.
“I want to apologize to Whole Foods and its team members for questioning the company’s commitment to its values, and especially the baker associate who I understand was put in a terrible position because of my actions,” Brown said in his statement Monday. “I apologize to the LGBT community for diverting attention from real issues. I also want to apologize to my partner, my family, my church family, and my attorney.”
Brown said that he requested a cake from Whole Foods that read “Love Wins” on it. He said that when he received the cake, there was a homophobic remark added.
So what made it so the pastor didn’t get to have his cake and eat it too?
The icing was different between “Love Wins” and the slur—and people who watched the video he immediately posted on YouTube (which has since been removed) with the accusations weren’t falling for it.
Further, Whole Foods released surveillance video showing Brown purchasing the cake at a different location than the one he allegedly purchased the cake, and the company suggested that he had opened it and tampered with it himself.
Initially, Brown’s attorney said, “He frequently shopped at Whole Foods, which makes this all the more shocking and disappointing. What really concerns him is knowing that unless some action is taken, this kind of thing could happen again, and that someone else might have to go through a similarly excruciating experience.”
Whole Foods hasn’t indicated whether they’ll drop their own suit.
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The Texas pastor who sued Whole Foods, accusing them of scrawling a gay slur across a cake he allegedly purchased in their store, has withdrawn his suit and issued a public apology to the chain.
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