People Freak Out Over Transgender Ken Barbie On A Cake

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A bakery shop co-owner in California faced backlash after posting a picture on Facebook of a cake she made featuring a Ken Barbie doll clothed in a pink, frilly dress.

Freeport Bakery, faced criticism after people saw the picture of the cake, reports the New York Daily News.

“I really didn’t think it was going to have blowback — call me naive,” Freeport Bakery co-owner Marlene Goetzeler said to the New York Daily News.


The bakery received the order for a pink frosted cake, complete with a Ken barbie doll dressed in a pink dress with a tiara and jewelry. “It wasn’t that unusual, we do doll cakes all the time,” Marlene Goetzeler, co-owner of Freeport Bakery, said to Fox 40.

People criticized the cake after the bakery posted a picture with the caption, “Ken’s looking good,” according to Goetzeler.

Goetzeler said that she deleted the negative comments at first. She also noticed that her Facebook page likes were going down. “I started getting some negative comments,” said Goetzeler. “Then a couple days later I noticed there was a big dip in unlikes. I was kind of surprised.”

To combat the backlash, Goetzeler re-posted the picture of the cake Aug. 19, along with the caption, “After posting this we had a ton of people unliking our Facebook page. I deleted the rude remarks, thank goodness not too many. Our customer was thrilled. Share this for us!”

People came out to support the bakery after the second post. Goetzeler also said her bakery had made a cross-dressing cake before, but that this was the first time she had shared the work via social media.

“We do same-sex marriage cakes, so it wasn’t that big of a deal,” she said. “I actually naively just thought it was a really great cake.”

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