Walmart officials in Las Vegas have apologized after staffers refused to write the word “gay” on a cake ordered for the nationally famous gay/str8 prom couple.
Jennifer Sandoval, who’s the aunt of teen Anthony Martinez, says she’s overjoyed at all the positive attention her nephew has gotten after his promposal went viral. His straight best friend, Jacob Lescenski, asked him to prom after not getting another date. Sandoval said she went to her local Walmart store on Saturday, located near Nellis and Las Vegas boulevards, to get him a surprise cake to celebrate before the dance.
“It said: ‘You’re gay, he’s straight, you’re going to prom, you couldn’t have had a better date,’” Sandoval said. Sandoval said the initial associate told her she couldn’t write that on the cake because it included the word “gay,” and that was against store policy. She then asked to speak with a supervisor. “Supervisor takes my phone, looks at it, and was like stuck for a minute, and she was like, ‘OK, I’m sorry, we can’t use this’. And then I said, ‘I’m going to ask you what I asked her because you’re the supervisor. Why can’t I use this? I don’t understand. It’s one word. It’s gay,'” Sandoval said.
A spokesman for Walmart says they have no policy against the word “gay” and hope to make it up to Sandoval, who says it’s too late now. She left the store with the cake seen above. The refusal was mentioned in the video posted yesterday by Teen Vogue.