I don’t generally approve of “gotchas,” but you have to love this.
After Walmart’s CEO piously announced that his chain aims to never offend a single customer and was thus banning everything with a Confederate flag in it, on it, or around it, Chuck Netzhammer went to a Walmart in Louisiana and requested a cake decorated with the taboo flag’s image. He was refused. Then he asked to have a cake decorated with the ISIS battle flag. Walmart happily obliged! After all, who’s offended by ISIS?
Netzhammer then posted a video memorializing Walmart’s hypocrisy, saying on it that the Islamic State “is beheading Christians, selling little girls into slavery and is currently a terrorist org at war with the United States — but you can’t buy the General Lee toy car …?”
Yup, that’s about the size of it.
A Walmart spokesman quickly sent an email to The Daily Caller, which broke the story, insisting that the employee who accepted the ISIS flag did not recognize what it was or what it stood for. “Our local store made a mistake. The cake in the video should not have been made and we apologize.” Baloney, and apology not accepted. If Walmart is going to take ridiculous, censorious, grandstanding positions and pander shamelessly to rampaging political correctness mobs, it should be held to the absurd and impossible standard it set for itself.
What’s the policy, Walmart? Are your associates trained to decide what is free speech that your store will refuse to allow customers to express, or aren’t they? If Walmart employees are now to be cultural watchdogs, you need to pay them more. Meanwhile, I look forward to Walmart, lawyers and Social Justice Warriors explaining why a store can’t refuse to make a gay wedding cake on religious grounds, but can refuse to make a radical Islam cake, or, if it can’t, how a cake featuring a piece of American history that the individual requesting the cake may appreciate for completely innocent and reasonable reasons is more offensive than a cake featuring the flag adopted by terrorists. Oh, wait: is it because black lives matter but Christian lives don’t?
Come on, Walmart, let’s see you wiggle out of this like the wormy company you are.