The owners of Wakerton, Indiana pizzeria Memories Pizza became an overnight cultural flashpoint after a local news interview went viral in which they asserted they wouldn’t serve their pizza at a gay wedding. But according to one prominent conservative who spoke to the owners, they’ve now received “a lot of death threats.” (VIDEO: Al Sharpton Compares Indiana Religious Freedom Law To Slavery, Jim Crow)
“If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide pizzas for their wedding, we would have to say no,” owner Crystal O’Connor said, adding that they were a Christian establishment. The O’Connors stressed that they’d have no problem serving gay customers generally, but couldn’t service weddings.
The story went national, with coverage from outlets like Mediaite, MSNBC, Mother Jones, Gawker, ABC News, and yes, The Daily Caller. #MemoriesPizza went viral on Twitter, and outraged Internet denizens responded by bombarding the pizzeria’s Yelp page with one-star reviews.
Conservative radio host Dana Loesch claimed on Twitter to have spoken to the owners, who said they were considering closing up shop and had even received death threats.
Just got off the phone with #MemoriesPizza; they’re considering never opening again. Receiving a lot of death threats.
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) April 1, 2015
Loesch’s claim seems to backed up by a (now-deleted) tweet by the local reporter who broke the story, which showed a South Bend Police Department car parked outside of Memories Pizza. Likewise, an Indiana high school coach on Twitter spoke openly about burning the pizzeria to the ground. (RELATED: The New Civil Rights Struggle: Forcing Someone To Make Pizza For Your Gay Wedding)