Corporate chain Walmart has apologized after a store in Louisiana baked a cake bearing the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) flag following its refusal to bake a cake with a Confederate flag.
“An associate in a local store did not know what the design meant and made a mistake,” a Walmart spokesman told ABC News. “The cake should not have been made and we apologize.”
Charles Netzhammer went to his local Walmart to order a cake with the Confederate flag that stated, “Heritage Not Hate.” The bakery refused to do so since the company ordered a ban on the flag after a gunman murdered nine people at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
Netzhammer later drove back to that Walmart and asked for a cake with the ISIS flag.
“I went back yesterday and managed to get an ISIS battle flag printed,” he said on a video he posted to YouTube. “ISIS happens to be somebody who we’re fighting against right now who are killing our men and boys overseas and are beheading Christians.”
He walked back to a table and showed the audience a white cake box.
“That’s an ISIS battle flag cake that anybody can go buy at Walmart,” he said. “But you can’t buy a Confederate flag toy, with like, say, a Dukes of Hazzard car.”
He then showed the rejection letter he received from Walmart over the Confederate flag. He moved down the table, where he presented the camera with the receipt for the ISIS cake.
“So, Walmart, can you please explain why you are alienating southern Americans with this trash that you allow to be sold in your store, while at the same point, Confederate flag memorabilia is not allowed?” he asked at the end of the video.
After the massacre by a white supremacist in Charleston, a handful of companies announced they will no longer sell the Confederate flag. Walmart was one of the stores.
“We never want to offend anyone with the products that we offer,” stated Walmart. “We have taken steps to remove all items promoting the Confederate flag from our assortment — whether in our stores or on our website.”