A bakery in Portland, Oregon has been accused of racism for selling an Oreo cupcake named “Mr. President," The Oregonian reports. I would be the first to dump a racist cupcake in the garbage (after eating the frosting off because I'm only human), but here's the thing: the owners of the bakery are black, and say they named the cupcake after the President because they heard President Obama loves Oreos. (The word "Oreo" is sometimes used as a slur against people of color.)
This nuance seems to have flown over the head of some customers, however, who have slammed the bakery, called Fat Cupcake, on Yelp. “Very troubling," wrote one reviewer. "They were serving a cupcake called the 'Mr. President' that had an Oreo cookie inside. When I tried to point out the racism implied, they claimed that 'our current president loves Oreos.’ I won't be doing business with them and please do not support racism in Portland or anywhere."
The review has since been removed from Yelp and the rest of their reviews are overwhelmingly positive.
The bakery's owner Anjelica Hayes said she's not racist, pointing out "I myself am black." And she added that the cupcake was only meant to honor President Obama. "I just thought it was an honorary name," she said. "I thought I'd be honored if someone named a cupcake after me." She said someone told her that President Barack Obama's favorite cookie was the Oreo, "so we thought that was a cool coincidence."
This isn't the first time one of their cupcakes has made the news for reasons other than deliciousness: they also had a blue-and-white cupcake called “The Intern." This pissed people off because they thought it was a jab at Monica Lewinsky—which it obviously was.
But also, it's a cupcake. Oh Portland, sometimes you are just so Portland.