Walmart’s ISIS cake has caused quite a stir, especially after they refused to make a flag that showcased the Confederate flag. Now, Walmart has issued an apology to the Louisiana customer.
Chuck Netzhammer recently went to his local Walmart store and asked the bakery to make a cake with the Confederate flag and the words “heritage, not hate.” The bakery refused his order, so he left.
Netzhammer then went to another Walmart store and asked the bakery to make him a cake with the ISIS flag on it. The bakery complied, filling the order.
Chuck later posted a video to YouTube, calling out Walmart for their double standard.
“Wal-Mart, you got some explaining to do,” Netzhammer says in the video.
“ISIS happens to be someone who we’re fighting against right now, who are killing are men and boys overseas and are beheading Christians,” he adds. “Walmart, can you please explain why you are alienating southern Americans with this trash you allow to be sold in your stores, while Confederate flag memorabilia is not allowed?”
Walmart has since issued an apology, not for the double standard, but for making the ISIS cake.
“An associate in a local store did not know what the design meant and made a mistake,” a Walmart spokesperson told ABC News. “The cake should not have been made and we apologize.”
“Our talented bakery associates take pride in what they create for our customers. It’s unfortunate one customer thought to take advantage of an associate who did not know the flag and its meaning,” John Forrest Ales, a spokesman for Walmart, told USA Today. “This cake should not have been made, and we apologize for the mistake.”
Walmart’s ISIS cake comes just a week after the chain announced that they would no longer be selling items bearing the Confederate flag symbol following the racially-motivated shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, on June 17.
Louisiana man claims Wal Mart rejected his Confederate flag cake request, approved ISIS cake. http://t.co/La6oRWgd7D pic.twitter.com/Flz12pQkgF
— WZTV FOX 17 (@wztv_fox17) June 29, 2015
“We never want to offend anyone with the products that we offer,” Walmart said in a statement as they announced the ban. “We have taken steps to remove all items promoting the Confederate flag from our assortment — whether in our stores or on our web site.”
Walmart is the world’s largest retailer, with nearly 11,000 stores in 28 countries.
[Photos via YouTube screenshots]