An image of a menacing black ISIS cake commissioned by a Walmart customer has been showing it’s icing repeatedly in my Facebook feed over the past 24 hours. If you haven’t seen it, here’s my not so short version of the story.
A man went into a Walmart and his request for a cake with the confederate flag on it was refused.
The refusal was linked to the announcement by Amazon, eBay, Walmart and Sears that they would no longer sell merchandise displaying the Confederate flag. According to Johnna Hoff, a spokesperson for eBay, the Confederate flag has “become a contemporary symbol of divisiveness and racism.”
Sounds pretty straightforward. Not really.
After being rejected by the baker at his local Walmart, this same man went to another Walmart with an image of an ISIS battle flag. Yes. The man was able to purchase an ISIS battle flag cake. Frankly, the baker should have objected to creating the ISIS cake strictly because it looked about as appetizing as a car tire and the black icing would probably color the tongues of anyone who tried it for a solid week.
But, the baker made the cake. The cake has its own YouTube video—receipts and all.
Now the cake is being paraded around the internet as a symbol that Walmart is for ISIS, but not a southerner’s sense of history surrounding the Confederate flag. Kind of a big leap, no?
So, I began wondering, what exactly is the approval process for a birthday cake at Walmart? Is there a committee that approves the cakes, are there reviews, guidelines or meetings–or do they just have a guy with a piping tube that is trying to get through the day? I have no idea.
And there are other implications here as well. Exactly how are Walmart customers going to continue to pay 19 cents for a 4 pound bag of Cheerios when Walmart has to pay for a multilingual baker who can read Arabic. I am pretty sure that that’s not a garden variety minimum wage skill.
Just thinking out loud here, so I’ll leave you with this. Regardless of the message the cake guy is very invested in conveying– in this instance, I would rather be silently outraged than have to explain to homeland security why I was in Walmart buying an ISIS cake. With my luck, I would be pulled over on the Parkway with the ISIS cake in plain view and I could not imagine talking my way out of that one.
Wanna see the cake? Click here.