The Texas pastor who filed suit against Whole Foods this past April over an alleged gay "hate cake" that spelled "Love Wins F–g" on a custom cake has finally dropped his lawsuit, because it was all a hoax.
No kidding. Really?
"The company did nothing wrong," openly gay pastor Jordan Brown wrote in a statement. "I was wrong to pursue this matter and use the media to perpetuate this story."
Brown originally alleged he had requested a cake from Whole Foods with the phrase "Love Wins" on it, but got a homophobic slur instead. He proceeded to launch an internet video that went viral and filed a lawsuit shortly after.
Fortunately, Whole Foods had a mountain of evidence to prove Brown a liar and fraud. Surveillance evidence showed Brown looking at the cake and purchasing it, and internet spectators immediately pointed out that the icing styles didn't match. Oops! Whole Foods swiftly denied the accusation and even filed a counter-suit for defamation.
"Our bakery team member wrote “Love Wins” at the top of the cake, which was visible to Mr. Brown through the clear portion of the packaging," Whole Foods said in an April statement. "That’s exactly how the cake was packaged and sold at the store."
"I want to apologize to Whole Foods and its team members for questioning the company’s commitment to its values, and especially the baker associate who I understand was put in a terrible position because of my actions," Brown continued in his statement..
"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."