Pastor Who Accused Whole Foods of Writing Gay Slur on Cake Apologizes

Pastor Who Accused Whole Foods of Writing Gay Slur on Cake Apologizes
Source: Getty Images
Source: Getty Images

As far as plot twists go, this story out of Texas really takes the cake: the pastor who accused an Austin Whole Foods of writing "fag" on a cake he ordered has withdrawn his lawsuit against the company and issued an apology, KXAN reports.

"Today I am dismissing my lawsuit against Whole Foods Market. The company did nothing wrong. I was wrong to pursue this matter and use the media to perpetuate this story," Jordan Brown said in an email. 

I want to apologize to Whole Foods and its team members for questioning the company's commitment to its values, and especially the bakery associate who I understand was put in a terrible position because of my actions. I apologize to the LGBT community for diverting attention from real issues.

Source: Twitter


Read more: Here's How Homophobic, Sexist and Racist Each US State Really Is

Back in April, Brown, who is pastor and founder at the Church of Open Doors, tweeted out a photo of a cake with "Love Wins Fag" written on it in frosting, writing, "That's not the cake I ordered, @WholeFoods and I am offended for myself & the entire #LGBT community."

That week, Brown filed a lawsuit against the company "for intentional infliction of emotion distress," a spokeswoman for Whole Foods said. 

But the company responded with a statement saying that their bakery team member had written only "Love Wins," as requested, replete with security footage showing Brown purchasing the cake. In the footage, the label was on the top of the cake box — but in Brown's photo that he tweeted, it had been moved, suggesting that the cake had been altered after purchase.

The company said in April that it planned to "take legal action against both Mr. Brown and his attorney." But after Brown's apology, the company said it will drop the counter-suit, reports KXAN.

"We're very pleased that the truth has come to light," a Whole Foods representative said. "Given Mr. Brown's apology and public admission that his story was a complete fabrication, we see no reason to move forward with our counter suit."

How likely are you to make Mic your go-to news source?

Anna Swartz

Anna is a staff writer for Mic covering breaking news. She can be reached at aswartz@mic.com.

MORE FROM

CNN's Van Jones allegedly says the Trump Russia stories are "a big nothing burger"

He's the second CNN insider this week to apparently denounce the network's Russia coverage.

Conservative columnist Bret Stephens joins MSNBC

Stephens will remain a columnist at The New York Times.

Department of Homeland Security announces new airline security rules

The new measures could help end the electronics ban.

Democrats on Neil Gorsuch's first Supreme Court term: "We've got another Scalia"

Some say Gorsuch's even-handed performance during his confirmation hearings "might be more an act than it was a real persona."

Fox News just hired US Rep. Jason Chaffetz as a correspondent

Chaffetz is headed to Fox.

Here are the key rulings from the Supreme Court's busy June term

The court's term ended with rulings on immigration, the First Amendment, LGBTQ rights and more.

CNN's Van Jones allegedly says the Trump Russia stories are "a big nothing burger"

He's the second CNN insider this week to apparently denounce the network's Russia coverage.

Conservative columnist Bret Stephens joins MSNBC

Stephens will remain a columnist at The New York Times.

Department of Homeland Security announces new airline security rules

The new measures could help end the electronics ban.

Democrats on Neil Gorsuch's first Supreme Court term: "We've got another Scalia"

Some say Gorsuch's even-handed performance during his confirmation hearings "might be more an act than it was a real persona."

Fox News just hired US Rep. Jason Chaffetz as a correspondent

Chaffetz is headed to Fox.

Here are the key rulings from the Supreme Court's busy June term

The court's term ended with rulings on immigration, the First Amendment, LGBTQ rights and more.