It’s another case of everyone in America is offended over absolutely everything.
Belle’s Smoking BBQ operates a food truck in Williamstown, Kentucky. They came under attack this week after launching their new t-shirts on social media.
“I support LGBTQ – Liberty, Guns, Bible, Trump, BBQ.”
It only took minutes before they came under attack, receiving huge blow back from those who said their merchandise was “inappropriate and offensive to the LGBTQ community”.
People attacked in the comments, calling the misappropriation of the “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer” slogan bigoted and harmful.
“I posted the shirt for new swag and it just went out of hand and it got blowed up,” Belle’s Smoking BBQ owner Jamie Smith told local media.
He noted that he had sold about 100 of the shirts before even posting them on social media.
Soon after the post went viral and came under attack, Belle’s Smoking BBQ removed it from Facebook and issued a statement apologizing. They also pointed out that people were behaving hypocritically by calling their shirts hateful while also making threats to the owners.
“Belle’s Smoking BBQ apologizes if we have offended any groups, organizations or individuals with our shirts,” the statement began.
“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.”
Smith said the post resulted in dozens of threatening calls, a local church canceling its order for an upcoming festival and negative reviews on the BBQ joint’s social media pages after the Louisville Fairness Campaign shared the shirt on its Facebook page.
They put up the following post:
Belle’s Smokin BBQ in Williamstown, KY removed this post after #LGBTQ supporters let them know how they feel about their shirt. How do you feel about it?
Ok, now that I got all of the details out of the way, I’m going to weigh in from a very different perspective.
Two years after I became a cop, I came out. And anyone who tells you that doing that is easy is full of shit.
My parents didn’t talk to me for six months. I was their only child, and they always wanted grandkids. It took a while before they realize that ship sailed.
Friends. Family. You name it. You would think that living in Massachusetts, it’d be easy. It wasn’t.
But the one place where I thought I’d get the most hell… was perhaps the most supportive. My own department. The guys in my own locker room. It was a true testament to the brotherhood in law enforcement.
Don’t get me wrong – guys still break my balls all of the time over it. But anyone who served in the military will tell you what it is – banter therapy.
Cops and veterans have a pretty dark sense of humor. That’s how we deal with stuff. And so when I saw this story that people were melting down over a freaking t-shirt, all I could do was smack my head against a wall.
Lots of people said they’re going to stand by the owners of Belle’s Smoking BBQ and will continue to frequent the food truck. Good. You know why? Because they have that right. Just as Belle’s has the right to launch a t-shirt which, quite frankly, is just funny.
I remember when you could go to a comedy show or see something on tv or in a movie that you didn’t agree with… but was still funny… and you were allowed to laugh. Now everyone is offended by everything. But not only are they offended, they want nothing short of the complete destruction of everything surrounding the offending party.
“The first thing I thought when I saw it was what a bad idea,” Chris Hartman, the Louisville Fairness Campaign director, said. “What a bad business model, to automatically isolate not just a segment of your potential customer base, but all of their family and friends.”
No, Chris. That’s called advertising. It’s also called having a sense of humor.
I was reading through the comments and I thought one man put it best:
“As a gay man you don’t owe an apology. We have something called the US Constitution in this country which gives you the right to speak your mind freely. I think the shirts are pretty awesome myself. When I am down your way, I’ll be sure to stop in and try your food and say hi! Keep doing what you do! 🙂
It’s time for people to stop getting offended at every little thing.”
Of course that guy quickly came under attack for not embracing the believe that we as gay men and women need to be offended by absolutely everyone and everything. And I think he nailed it in his response:
“No I haven’t forgotten the fight. The last thing I am going to do is act like the “Gestapo” and force others to go against their beliefs. I still believe in freedom in this country and I refuse to violate that. We still live in the free US of A. It’s time we stop getting offended over silly things like this. We have the right to free speech in this country and I still support that.”
He also points out the hypocrisy of our community, which will flip shit over a t-shirt by then get angry when President Trump fights for us.
“But if you want to talk about fights, then people really need to take on a real fight. So they took the letters “LGBTQ” and put a twist on it, big deal. But I have yet to see a single member from the LGBT to speak up about the countries who are making it illegal to be gay and executing those gay individuals. Yet when our President has his staff step up and help fight to stop criminalization of being gay, what happens? Oh people call him ‘racist’. Its not me who forgotten the fight but the LGBT community on the Left who has.”
Come on, America. There’s a difference between discriminating against our community and selling a t-shirt that is just downright funny. But we lose credibility in our fight for being treated as equals when we weaponize a t-shirt to destroy a family and their business.
We are better than this.