Dallas baker wins Food Network challenge

To a pastry chef, the term “piece o’ cake” probably pisses you off. (Don’t even get ‘em started on “easy as pie.”) Cake is hard! Especially when you’re trying to impress the judges on a national network, commemorating the re-release of the most popular animated film of all time.

But Dallas’ Bronwen Weber of Frosted Art Bakery and Studio made it look, well, like a piece o’ cake Sunday night, when she won the Food Network’s Lion King-themed bake-off.

Weber’s dynamic interpretation of the villainous Scar in mid-leap bested all the other competitors, with the show airing the second weekend when the new 3D Lion King claimed the No. 1 spot at the weekend box office.

This is nothing new for the gay-friendly Weber, who last year designed “pride cake” cupcakes with rainbows and HRC symbols. She has won 14 medals from the Food Network, including eight first-place citations — three more than her nearest competitor. The episode airs again tonight at 7 p.m.

You can find Weber’s treats at FrostedArt.com.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

On neckwear, rainbows, and ‘right, but you didn’t'-ness

By now you’ve probably heard about NOM/The Ruth Institute’s Jennifer Roback Morse claiming that she wore a rainbow scarf to the Prop 8 trial because she wanted to send a message about gays not owning God’s multi-colored pattern. Or maybe you haven’t heard about it. Whatever. If not, you can catch up with a humorous piece Alexandra Petri penned for WaPo’s Compost blog.

Our biggest issue with the whole thing? That J-Ro-Mo soooo didn’t wear a rainbow to the trial. Here, see for yourself:

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Sure, there’s some green, yellow, and red on that neck. One might even be generous and say that those hints of pink fall into the purple-ish category. But four not-so-bright colors do not a rainbow make!

And what kind of rainbow is cut up with black stripes?! Honestly.

So okay, she wants to seize the rainbow from the grips of militant gays? Fine. One must have goals. But next time she wishes to send this pointed message, we just really hope to see Ms. Morse shrouded in an opulent gown made out of pride flags, and not in one piece of neckwear made from a muted color box. If she can so intensely focus on millions of gay commitments, surely she can commit to one message-sending accessory.




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Audio: If you put rainbows in his batter, it’ll make the Tony bitter

If the pastries in question were for a Christian event or holiday, Family Research Council president would be going absolutely apedoodoo about the discrimination and disrespect shown to the 6A00D8341C503453Ef0133Ec815734970B-2customer. And guess what? Tony would be right. Because bakeries really shouldn’t be rejecting benign, uncontroversial, non-hostile business requests simply because of their personal objections. Obviously.

But since it’s benign LGBT imagery being discussed, then Tony will just go right ahead and accuse those who are criticizing and/or simply questioning an Indiana bakery of engaging in “economic terrorism.” Listen in:

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*AUDIO SOURCE: Washington Watch Weekly [FRC]

The reasoning is beyond absurd. Does a pastry chef have to agree with every “Good luck,” “Happy Anniversary,” or “Congratulations on your Merger” that comes to the counter? NO! The luck request might be applied to a Satan worship session, the anniversary might be a 50th year of head lice, and the corporate merger might be between two of the nation’s worst environmental polluters. But unless the message or design or sprinkles are overtly over a line or standard (nudity, objectionable language, threat, libel, white after labor day, etc.), the public business owner has a duty to take the self out of the work. And if they don’t do so and the selfish view is one that casts a sweeping opinion against an entire sect of the local community, then there very well could be repercussions for said owner. Which, again, would not be seen as controversial to most anyone, Tony Perkins included, if the group in question was (just about) any other than the LGBT population!

We all knew that the “pro-fams” were going to try to turn this into another martyr-like situation. Which is annoying, because it’s going to make us hungry for empty carbs every time they do. But honestly, it’s really not so threatening to our cause, considering how thoroughly half-baked their outrage truly is.

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*And joining Tony is his recent Values Voters speaker Bryan “homosexuals in the military gave us…six million dead Jews” Fischer,” who accuses the city of Indianapolis of committing a hate crime, and who says of the bakery that ultimately fulfilled the order, The Flying Cupcake: “I could say something about “flying cupcakes” for “flaming cupcakes,” but I won’t.

Stay classy, abject bias!




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—  John Wright