When Walkerton, Indiana, restaurant Memories Pizza announced it wouldn't cater a same-sex wedding, but will still serve gay customers, people were outraged and simply baffled. The business had been featured in a local news segment in which Memories Pizza's Crystal O'Connor voiced her support for the state's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act. She said that while the restaurant will still serve gay customers who want to come in to the store and eat, it's just same-sex marriages she and the business disagree with. O'Connor told news station ABC 57:
The Internet responded as it often does, taking to Yelp to leave negative and satirical reviews and photos of the Indiana-based pizzeria. Many reviews highlighted the fact that most people don't pick pizza as their grand wedding meal, as beloved as the food may be. Others just straight-up went the satire route, creating unbelievable stories for the sake of making a point to stand up for the LGBT community. Here's a few of the reviews budding Internet satirists and other commenters left.
Jade S. proclaimed Memories to be the best gay bar in town. Her five-star review reads:
Surprisingly, Eric K. decided to take on the pizzeria's challenge to cater his wedding after finding little luck in simply buying a pizza sans nuptials:
There are a few reviews pretending to support the business and applauding "religious freedom" in the face of being on the wrong side of history and patently against equality, which Joe C. sums up by equating the opinion to racism:
As of this writing, Memories Pizza's Yelp page has risen from a handful of reviews to more than 1,800 penned. It currently cumulatively has just one and a half stars. As Memories may choose not to cater gay weddings under the current Indiana law, so, too, can the world choose not to dine there.