by Dominick J. Fils-Aimé | August 26, 2016
A popular bakery in North California has fell under fire after posting a picture of a cake, depicting a “Ken doll” in drag on their facebook page. What would ensue was a wave of backlash and disgust expressed across social media, not only by anti LGBT enthusiast, but by many of the Sacramento bakery’s own customers as well.
“Naively, I guess I just thought this is a really cool cake,” said Marlene Goetzeler, co owner of “Freeport Bakery”, the business in question. “A customer requested a Ken doll cake and we were happy to make it; she loved the cake when she picked it up…we were especially proud of its buttercream detail so we decided to post a photo of it on our Facebook page, as we do with many of the cakes we design and adore. We got some lovely responses along with some negative feedback.”
“I will never call you for a cake ever, again, and I am throwing your cards to the garbage,” one apparently ex-customer wrote.”
“You can dress up a plastic doll but sorry to burst your bubble, a person’s DNA determines their sex,” argued another.
The custom “Ken Doll cake” featured Barbie Doll’s iconic boy toy adorned in a pink dress and jewelry made out of frosting, causing some to interpret the facebook post as a political statement showing support for the trans community.
Amid the controversy however, an outpouring of support for the organization and its cake was also expressed via social media. The post, uploaded on August 13th now has over 3.5k likes and thousands of comments urging them to ignore the ignorant.
“Love this bakery and love that you are inclusive and welcome ALL.” one proponent commented.