We’ve all heard about the supposed story told by Pastor Brown, who accused a Whole Foods employee of adding the word “fag” to his cake reading “love wins”.
From the start, his argument didn’t hold water, and wasn’t helped by CCTV footage from Whole Foods proving that their employees did no such thing and counter sued Brown.
At the time, they said:”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’.”
Now, Pastor Brown has admitted what we already knew – that he made the whole thing up.
He issued a statement today, saying: “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.”
“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. I also want to apologize to my partner, my family, my church family, and my attorney.”
Despite the fact that he made very serious, libelous against Whole Foods and the employee who made the cake in a court of law, Whole Foods has actually shown mercy and dropped the counter-suit against the Pastor.
“We’re very pleased that the truth has come to light. 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 to defend the integrity of our brand and team members.”
While this is very kind of Whole Foods, I kind of wish they had continued with the suit. If he hadn’t been caught out, the Pastor could have done huge damage to the company and an innocent employee. Not only that, this made up story has only hurt the LGBTQ+ community, and has distracted from real issues and real cases of discrimination and homophobia.
It would have been a positive step to show, in a court of law, or through some kind of financial compensation to the company, that this sort of behaviour won’t be tolerated. But, this story is over – let’s hope there’s not another one like it.