THE LATEST PROOF OF PRESIDENT TRUMP’S DEPRAVITY!
He specifically asked for an exact replica of Barack Obama’s 2013 Inauguration cake! The HORROR!
Apparently nothing is too trivial to use to attack Donald Trump. Focus, guys, focus!
Trump asked the baker who made the official Inauguration cake—until today, I hadn’t given any thought to the Inauguration cakes of either Trump of Obama. and I was a happier man for it—to make an exact replica of one of Obama’s cakes. Why, I have no idea. I think both the original and the copy are tacky. Don’t you?
Celebrity baker Duff Goldman of TV’s “Ace Of Cakes” then tweeted that the cake at one of Trump’s Inauguration balls was a rip-off of his design. Social media Trump-haters immediately pronounced this as “100% plagiarism.” Donald Trump is plagiarizing cakes now! Is there anything he won’t do? I bet Hitler plagiarized cakes.
Whether this really is plagiarism is an interesting, if stupid, question. A design made for one-time only use commissioned by the White House was duplicated and used again by the White House, though with new occupants, four years later. Was it a derivative work? Homage? Fair use? Does the White House own the design, having commissioned it originally? All we have is a two-dimensional representation, and there is no definitive evidence since both were, you know, eaten. I’d say a copyright infringement claim would be futile, and petty. Here, you try to figure it out.
Meanwhile, food website A.V. Club covers Cakegate by describing using the same cake design as “like a studio just making the same superhero movie with the same name and hoping nobody will care.” Good analogy, dummies. Except that the two films are competing with each other, and the sale of the copy undermines the value of the original. Oh–and that first movie hasn’t been eaten.
Chastened by the celebrity baker’s complaint, the maker of Trump’s cake, D.C.’s Buttercream Bake Shop, felt it had to explain itself, tweeting,
“Excited to share the cake we got to make for one of last night’s inaugural balls. While we most love creating original designs, when we are asked to replicate someone else’s work we are thrilled when it is a masterpiece like this one. @duff_goldman originally created this for Obama’s inauguration 4 years ago and this years committee commissioned us to re-create it. Best part is all the profits are being donated to @humanrightscampaign, one of our favorite charities who we have loved working with over the years. Because basic human rights are something every man, woman and child~ straight, gay or the rainbow in between~ deserve”
Says above referenced silly website:
“It turns out that D.C.’s Buttercream Bake Shop was specifically hired to replicate Obama’s cake (which says some interesting things about how the Trump administration works)…”
Really? What does it say? If President Hillary had said, “I want a cake just like my hero, Barack Obama’s,” would that say anything? Would anyone be writing about this? The request is benign and innocent in all respects. If there is some kind of cake-baker’s courtesy that is expected, then it was up to the bakers to speak up, and say, “I’d have to get permission for that.” There is nothing unethical about asking a baker to duplicate a cake design that you like.
As to the donation, that’s nice. Oh, but it’s really a political anti-Trump shot, says A.V.Club:
“Rather than trying to avoid politics, they casually explain that all of the profits from the job are being donated to the Human Rights Campaign—an LGBT advocacy group. It may not be a flashy protest, but it’s brilliant nonetheless.”
How is that a protest? Oh—right—the narrative. That false narrative that Donald Trump is anti-LGBT, which was one of the lies used to scare off Inauguration performers like Jennifer Holliday. Donald Trump was a supporter of same-sex marriage long before either Obama or Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump has stated unequivocally that he regards the right of gays and lesbians to marry as settled.
Thanks to dishonest, biased or sloppy reporting like this—and gay public figures like Rachel Maddow suggesting that Trump might “put her in a camp,” I bet most gay Americans really think Trump is homophobic and biased against the LGBT community.
I don’t know if they deserve good advice, but the mainstream news media should be told that if they find fault with everything Trump does, no matter how trivial, nobody will pay attention when they find something really worth criticizing.