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Scoot: LGBTQ backlash over food truck T-shirts

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April 24, 2019 - 12:11 pm

Some of the LGBTQ community is upset over a t-shirt being sold by the owner of a barbeque food truck in Kentucky.

Jamie Smith, owner of Belle’s Smokin’ BBQ truck in Williamstown, Kentucky, was selling a T-shirt with the message “I support LGBTQ: Liberty, Guns, Bible, Trump, BBQ.”

Within a few hours of advertising for LGBTQ T-shirts hitting Facebook, Smith started receiving threatening calls; but the backlash really exploded after the Louisville Fairness Campaign shared the post of its Facebook page. The organization fights against identity and sexual orientation discrimination.

Was the purpose of the LGBTQ T-shirt to mock the community that has adopted that acronym? Smith said he was just having fun with words and that his intent was not to be offensive to the LGBTQ community. Smith did post an apology to anyone who was offended by the T-shirt, but he is continuing the sale of the shirts. He is currently sold out, but more are being printed and will be for sale.

Should anyone in the LGBTQ community have been offended by the LGBTQ t-shirts? No. The message on the shirts, “I support LGBTQ: Liberty, Guns, Bible, Trump, BBQ” is just a creative play on words, and taking offense to something like that only promotes the entire community as a people who have no sense of humor and take life and their membership in the LGBTQ community too seriously.

I understand that the words, liberty, guns, Bible, Trump form a collection of words more commonly used to describe the ideology of the political right, which generally rejects gay rights. But the idea of threatening an individual for that use of the First Amendment is absurd. There are enough important issues for the LGBTQ community to focus on to allow the message on these T-shirts to even raise an eyebrow. It was just creative even if you don’t like the collection of those words.

And I can’t image anyone in the LGBTQ community objected to BBQ!

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