Barbecue truck’s ‘controversial’ LGBTQ T-shirt ignites social media backlash
Uh-oh, this could turn out to be the biggest T-shirt outrage since a reporter spotted at Bloomingdale’s a T-shirt that said, “Fake News.”
Bloomingdale’s caved just one day after the reporter posted her outrage on Twitter and said it was working to have the offensive shirt removed from all stores as quickly as possible.
But this — now this is controversial. A barbecue truck in Kentucky advertised a T-shirt, reading “I Support LGBTQ: Liberty, Guns, Bible, Trump, and BBQ,” on Facebook, and … ended up selling a lot of shirts.
A Kentucky barbecue food truck is getting a lot of heat after advertising its T-shirts on social media.
Belle’s Smokin’ BBQ took a play on the acronym LGBTQ and changed it to Liberty, Guns, Bible, Trump and BBQ.
What do you think? https://t.co/pQ1YkaEO0z
— WNDU (@WNDU) April 19, 2019
Owner Jamie Smith says he has already sold out all of his shirts and has a back order for more, and posted the following in response to the backlash online:
Belle’s Smoking BBQ apologizes if we have offended any groups, organizations or individuals with our shirts. We respect all beliefs and lifestyles and want no ill will towards anyone. We know each person has their own thoughts and beliefs but we are hurt that the people who are saying, ‘stop the hate’ are the ones coming at us with the harassing messages and threatening phone calls. Again we apologize for any hurt feelings and thank our supporters who truly know us.
We can see where transgender atheist vegan Hillary supporters might not see the humor, but then again: where do they ever see the humor?
This is an amazing shirt. 10/10
— OhCrapBaskets (@Uncleblunts) April 19, 2019
I think this is called “brilliant marketing”!
— Ross Myers (@rossjmyers) April 19, 2019
Pretty the letters of the alphabet are not owned by the LGBT community. I think it’s brilliant!
— paramedic*terri (@emtterri123) April 19, 2019
Heck, you can even get in trouble for not using the right letters. In Canada Justin Trudeau formally apologized for the treatment of LGBTQ2 citizens, and some American activists even wanted the acronym changed to LGBTQQICAPF2K: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, curious, asexual, agender, ally, pansexual, polysexual, friends and family, two-spirit, and kink.
I am offended. Can we impeach the shirt or at least get the tax returns of the owner?
— Lol @ Lib Doubletalk (@RaiseTaxBanGuns) April 19, 2019
Do you have a link to where I can buy this shirt?
— David Wheeler (@DavidLWheeler1) April 19, 2019
I think it is great. Why are only LGBTQ people allowed to be proud of what they are or believe in?
— Michelle 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@deplorableinps) April 19, 2019
haha these are kind of funny 😂😂 not offensive at all https://t.co/oi4IZgd5cP
— Brad Polumbo (@brad_polumbo) April 20, 2019
Oh come on. We’ve GOT to get our sense of humor back.
— aandrews (@islesail) April 20, 2019
Remove??? Hell…I’ll buy 3 right now…
— 3DotThoughts (@3DotThought) April 19, 2019
I want that shirt pic.twitter.com/JSvNNnNhCn
— Ryan ⭐⭐⭐ (@Ryan11934404) April 19, 2019
Jebus….it’s funny. People are overly sensitive and bowing to the rage mob is a mistake.
— Anmarie (@_Anmarie_) April 19, 2019
By all accounts, Belle’s Smokin’ BBQ isn’t caving the Bloomingdales or the Newseum did over their “Fake News,” and it’s doing big business.
Bloomingdale’s apologizes for triggering journos with ‘completely inappropriate and harmful’ t-shirt [pic] https://t.co/DVtQOoo2R2
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) February 12, 2019