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Crowdfunding For Tacos And The Burger King Sauna [THE KATCHUP]

Half of our office is conducting research on the other side of the world right now while the other half stays behind to keep the gears at the office grinding, but we still come together to bring you the most exciting, odd, heartwarming and cringeworthy stories on this week’s episode of The Katchup!

A gay pastor wrote a homophobic slur on his own cake from Whole Foods so that he could sue them. Why? To win a lifetime supply of Whole Foods cakes? What’s the endgame? One woman asked the world to pay for her to get some tacos. You might be surprised to see how the world responded.

China has made eating bananas erotically illegal. Who do you think you are, North Korea? The good people of Finland take their saunas so seriously that they put one in a Burger King. Just right there, right in the middle of it. Hey, some people like to soak with their Whoppers, who am I to judge? Finally, our boys out exploring the foods of the world created an ENORMOUS burger at the Guy Fieiri spot on their Carnival Cruise ship. Was it good? You’re about to find out.


News Sweets

Gay Pastor Lied About Anti-Gay Slur On Whole Foods Cake, Tried To Sue

We’ve all heard the phrase, “you can’t have your cake and eat it, too,” and the man who tried to sue Whole Foods in April — after claiming a Whole Foods employee wrote a homophobic slur on a cake he ordered — proved that statement to be true.

In a statement Monday, Pastor Jordan Brown of Austin, Texas, told the media he would not be pursuing further legal action against Whole Foods concerning this matter. The original video, posted to Kaplan Law Firm’s YouTube account, has also been removed.

In his statement, Brown, who is openly gay, issued an apology to Whole Foods and the bakery department employee. Brown also admitted that his claim was purposely inaccurate, according to several news outlets, including the Sacramento Bee and The Dallas Morning News.

“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.”

In response, Whole Foods issued a statement on its website. The grocery chain also referred to the incident as a hoax:

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The story that sparked this bizarre case started in April when Pastor Jordan Brown purchased a cake from an Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Bakery, and requested the cake be inscribed with “Love Wins.” Instead, Brown said he discovered the phrase “Love Wins Fag.” He then quickly filed a lawsuit against Whole Foods.

Things escalated when Whole Foods brought a countersuit against Brown for defamation. Whole Foods also claimed that neither the brand nor the employee committed any wrongdoings.

Questions regarding the legitimacy of Brown’s claim began to circulate after Whole Foods posted an in-store video of Brown purchasing the cake. The video showed the UPC label in a different location after he took the cake home.

After this whole fiasco, we hope there isn’t too much love lost because, after all, “love wins.”



Photo Credit: Danger And Play 


How One Man’s Request For An Anti-Gay Cake Turned Into A Civil Rights Landmark


So a man in Colorado walked into a bakery with designs for an anti-gay cake. While this sounds like the build-up to a tasteless joke, it actually turned into a huge win for civil rights.

Last March, William Jack asked the Denver-based Azucar Bakery to create two cakes for him in the shape of Bibles. The cakes would then quote anti-gay verses and feature an image of two groomsmen holding hands. Their hands would then be crossed out.

The owner of the bakery, Marjorie Silva, refused Jack’s request and told him that her bakery does not discriminate against groups of people. She did, however, offer to make the Bible cakes and give Jack the icing to decorate his cakes any way he wanted.

Jack was not pleased with this decision. The dissatisfied customer took the case to the Colorado Civil Rights Division, ironically, for discriminating against him. Silva, however, refuted the claim saying that she refused to serve him based on his request of “derogatory language and imagery.”

According to sources, the ruling stated that Silva would not accept orders discriminating against gays just as she wouldn’t accept orders discriminating against Christians. Essentially, the bakery would refuse to make a cake that discriminated against anyone. Period.

The Colorado Rights Division ruled in favor of Silva, last week. The past year has been an intense one for Silva and her bakery, but she stands firmly behind her decision and is glad she won.

Jack, however, plans to appeal this decision.



The LGBT Empire Strikes Back: ‘Best Gay Bar in the World’ Releases the ‘Chick-For-Gay’ Sandwich

That’s it. The gloves are comin’ off.

Adding to the already massive pro-vs.-anti-gay outcry inspired by Chick-fil-A COO Dan Cathy’s controversial Baptist Press interview, West Hollywood California’s Abbey Food & Bar has just released its new chicken sandwich, cutely dubbed the “Chick-for-Gay”.

Named the “Best Gay Bar in the World” by MTV two years running, The Abbey promises that 100% of the proceeds made from the sandwich’s sales will go to the American Foundation for Equal Rights, according to the press release.

The $5, eight ounce sandwich features a breaded boneless chicken breast, served with pickles on a toasted buttered bun, and is set to be available through presidential elections this November.

The Abbey’s founder David Cooley explains:

With the upcoming election, even our lunch choices are a political statement. If corporations have the right to spend unlimited amounts of money on an agenda of hate, we as an LGBT business community have to spend money supporting Marriage Equality,” he said. “If corporations have the same free speech rights as people, the people have to exercise their First Amendment right at the cash register by patronizing businesses that support our agenda and stop giving money to those that oppose equality.

On the event page for today’s Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee made a similar point by asking attendees to come out to their local franchise to “support free speech.”

The Chick-fil-A Company thus far hasn’t thrown itself for or against either side of the most recent flame wars, except to say that it is not responsible for their promotions. In fact, it has been suggested that since the beginning of the PR firestorm, the company has been trying to save face and lie low, but it seems like not everyone is so willing to let them off the hook.

Since the infamous interview was released about two weeks ago, consumer approval for the chicken chain has gone down, according to information released by polling site YouGov.

The business world has seen what happens when an organization supports the LGBT community — which is that the LGBT community and its allies will support it,” Director of News and Field Media at GLAAD Aaron McQuade said. “Now we have empirical proof of what happens when a company rejects the LGBT community. The LGBT community and its allies will reject it.

Looking back to two weeks ago, it seems a bit hard now to swallow the fact that so much political outrage and gravity can be attributed to eating a measly chicken sandwich, but as long as this whole affair is still going strong, might as well enjoy the show.

A recent video parody by Funny or Die features actor John Goodman dressed as KFC’s Colonel Sanders jumping at the chance to promote his own chicken chain as gay-friendly—or at the very least, purely and unapologetically capitalistic:

“Hell I don’t actually give a shit,” Goodman/Sanders slyly admits near the clip’s end, “Gay or not, you’re just a bunch of big old money mounds…” As we rightly should be.

God Bless America.

[Thanks Huffington Post, US News, Gawker]


Gay Coffee

No, this coffee isn’t exceptionally happy or exuberant (although I guess it could be?) this coffee is genuine Gay Coffee. What exactly makes Gay Coffee? A number things, actually. Firstly, the company is owned and operated and operated by members of the gay community. Secondly, they incorporate a number of widely recognizable gay cliches along with a few tid bits of gay cultural and civil rights history on their packaging as means of empowerment. Perhaps most importantly, a portion of the profits from Gay Coffee goes toward funding The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

As for the coffee, Gay Coffee roasts their coffee in small 25 lb batches and insist on using fair trade, organic coffee beans in their product. Gay Coffee comes in five different blends, and each comes complete with a short paragraph providing some insight into the history and culture of the gay community.


Heat-Sensitive Great Gays Mug

Featuring history’s gay elite emerging from behind their respective closet doors, this colorful, heat-sensitive Gay Mug is a creative way to celebrate the life and times of 14 great artists and innovators. As soon as warm liquid is poured, the heat-sensitive mug activates and the doors adorning the cup open to reveal the personalities proudly posing behind. ($12.00 @ UncommonGoods)