“Build The Wall” Valentine’s Day cookie baker un-apologizes, says people should “lighten up”

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You might remember earlier this week when we reported on Washington State baker Ken Bellingham, who owns Edmonds Bakery. He added a controversial “Build That Wall” message to one of his heart-shaped cookies for Valentine’s Day, sparking backlash. After a customer posted the picture on Facebook, Bellingham wrote on the bakery’s FB page: “I will not be making anymore cookies of a political nature, but a narrow line of Love and Sweetheart and maybe Nice Butt.” (That message has apparently since been deleted.)

A few days later, though, KOMO News reports that Bellingham has changed his cookie-decoration tune, citing First Amendment bakery rights and saying that he now has many demands for cookies that say “Build The Wall”: “The phone messages saved has like 40-or-50 messages that I can’t even respond to from people all over the country wanting me to ship them cookies.” But those requests will not be answered, as Bellingham does not have shipping capabilities.

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He now says that people should “Lighten Up,” adding that particular message to his cookies, which are apparently getting less romantic and more political. A dozen “Nice Butt” cookies look downright progressive in comparison.

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Gwen Ihnat

Gwen Ihnat is the Editorial Coordinator for The A.V. Club.