Kentucky BBQ restuarant apologises after appropriating the letters 'LGBTQ' to sell pro-Trump t-shirts

Greg Evans
Saturday 20 April 2019 15:45
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A BBQ food truck in the US state of Kentucky has received strong backlash after it released a t-shirt which supported both Donald Trump and guns by using the letters 'LGBTQ'.

Rather than reading 'Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer' the t-shirt appropriated the letters and used them to spell out a slogan reading:

I support LGBTQ: Liberty, Guns, Bible, Trump and BBQ.

The t-shirt which was being released by Belle's Smoking BBQ was promoted in a Facebook post which was quickly criticised by users and then promptly deleted.

Picture: Facebook/ Belle's Smokin BBQ(Facebook/ Belle's Smokin BBQ)

The company, which is based in Williamstown is owned by Jamie Smith, who told Fox19 that he has been selling the t-shirts for nearly two years but decided to share it on Facebook in order to boost sales.

I found the acronym on Facebook and I just added the Q.

I posted the shirt today for new swag and it just went out of hand and it got blowed up.

At the end of the day we have to stand for what we believe in and like I said if I offended anyone that wasn’t our intention but it was just a play on words.

Smith has since offered an apology on Facebook to anyone offended and added that they 'respect all belief and lifestyles' which won some support from users who felt that they shouldn't have apologised.

That being said, Smith told Fox19 that he has already sold out of the t-shirt and has already ordered more.

HT Someecards

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