Memories Pizza, you will recall, rushed to let everyone know that it supported Indiana’s short-lived “Let’s discriminate against gays” law, which Pope Francis would have approved of, apparently. The poor, naive little establishment, which was about as likely to cater a gay wedding as a White House state dinner, became the immediate target of social justice warrior bullies, who nearly succeeded in running them out of business.
On September 25, 2015, comic Robin Trevino, a member of the gay theatrical ensemble GayCo, drove to Walkerton, Indiana, bought pizzas at Memories Pizza, , and served Memories Pizza to all the guests at his September 26, 2015 same-sex wedding reception, then released a video to alert the world that Memories Pizza had unknowingly catered a gay wedding after all.
Your Ethics Alarms Ethics Quiz of the Day:
Was it ethical to do this?
My answer: No, it was obnoxious, gratuitously mean, and only funny if you think it’s inherently amusing to make people do what they have said they don’t want to do just for the fun of it.
To me, this stunt was the equivalent of George Costanza getting revenge on a conservative Jewish woman for gossiping about his “shrinkage” by tricking her into eating lobster, for her, a religious taboo. OK, the law’s on your side now, and you’ve won: what nasty impulse makes Trevino and his supporters think that it is fair and just to rub opponents’ faces in the defeat, make them unhappy, and continue to mock them? How is this any different from going into the pizza joint, ordering a pizza and then laughing and pointing while jumping up and down screaming, “I’m GAY! GAY! And you have to serve me! Nyah nyah nyah!”
Most of the discomfort over gay rights arises from ignorance, and the fact that people who don’t (think they) know any gays or interact with them on a regular basis believe there is something “wrong” about them other than their sexual orientation….the essence of bigotry. It really doesn’t help for gays like Trevino to go out of their way to validate these suspicions by acting like vindictive jerks.