The bakery behind the 'Ken-doll' cake has reported waves of support and a surge in orders, after they'd initially received a homophobic backlash on social media.
Earlier this month, the Freeport Bakery in Sacramento, California was sent abuse after it posted a photograph of one of its cakes, which baked around a ken doll, sporting a pink dress, tiara, earrings and a necklace. Bigots online reacted by sending the bakery abuse.
Freeport captioned it
Ken's looking good.
The homophobic backlash has been well recorded in the media, but since then there's also been an outpouring of support and kind thoughts.
In a statement on its site, the Freeport Bakery wrote:
A few days later, we noticed a large number of unlikes on our page and realized they were a result of our Ken cake post. We reposted the picture asking for support from our Facebook friends. Luckily, we have received that support and so much more from our fans, devoted customers and staff.
In a comment on a post of the ken doll photo Freeport wrote:
When I first posted it, I deleted the ugly comments because I didn't want drama on our Facebook page. After a while I decided to leave them up. After some feedback from other posters, a lot of the negative people pulled their own posts. I'm just watching this unfold.
And nice comments they have indeed received. These were all from original post.
Thank you so much! the Ken Barbie cake was a huge success!! The honorees were really surprised :)
Another comment writer made a good point about the way issues blow images out of proportion.
We need to quit taking ourselves so seriously & looking for meanings that aren't there!!! It's a CAKE!!! I for one have had cakes made that are more offensive than this Ken cake. And I challenge you to find one Ken doll who hasn't worn Barbie's clothes!!!
A journalist for CBS Sacramento reported that since the photo went viral, the bakery has been flooded with requests for more Ken doll cakes.
The owner of the bakery Marlene Goetzeler estimated that for every hateful comment or text she's received, there have been 30-40 messages of support.