|"The cake that was ordered and the cake that arrived" - Reddit User OfficialBigHead|
Why we SHOULD laugh at the "hot mess" and not be shamed for it.
THE CAKE IS BAD.
THERE I SAID IT.
WE ALL KNOW THAT AND IT'S NOT IN DISPUTE.
BUT IT'S REALLY BAD...LIKE INDIANA JONES AND THE CRYSTAL SKULL BAD.
IT'S BEYOND SCARY...FOR THE ICING IS DARK AND FULL OF TERRORS BAD.
Facebook news feeds shared it, the Guardian shared it, Cosmo shared it as well as People Magazine, The Daily Mail and even James Burns Consulting (@jburnsconsult) with all of his 913 Twitter followers found it worthy of a mention in between consulting whoever he consults.
The sweet story of that Elsa cake fail, according to the baker: Icing Smiles, a volunteer organization that cr... http://t.co/LlTsBYfSVP— JamesBurnsConsulting (@jburnsconsult) July 7, 2015
In fact, if this is your first encounter with 'the cake' then I'm afraid you're immensely unpopular online and everyone has hidden your profile from their more active social lives.
For those that wish for a unbiased recap, here it is.
A reddit post shared an image showing two contrasting pieces of cake art designed in the form of Frozen's Elsa. It was posted under the reddit sub forum r/funny and in no time at all, the proverbial hell broke loose. The viral story then took a more sombre turn when it was revealed that the bad cake was innocently copied from the good cake by a not-for-profit charity organisation called Icing Smiles who provide delicious treats for kids and families impacted by severe illnesses. Icing Smiles even wrote a heartfelt post defending the cake and the reason for it's existence.
As if by magic, the mood reversed and everyone and their dog was applauding the cake-fail and the reason for its creation. Icing Smiles even got in the action and explained that although the final product was "a hot mess", there were mitigating circumstances behind the final design and that they are proud of it regardless of negative opinion. The change in the majority of people's social posts is my bone of contention here.
Take @sam_Jordan80 for instance. Yesterday this was posted...
Parents order a 'Frozen' Elsa cake and end up with this... https://t.co/a5ofteVtTe— Samantha Jordan (@Sam_Jordan80) July 6, 2015
followed by this slight alteration 24 hours later...
Turns out that the 'ugly' Elsa cake was made by a children's charity....Awwww...'https://t.co/GkwwjHIeJZ— Samantha Jordan (@Sam_Jordan80) July 7, 2015
But there are some people who aren't afraid to state the obvious...
I commend that woman for her efforts, obviously, but I refuse to feel bad for laughing at something that's obviously laughable.— ℓινι(@ohhbee) July 7, 2015
...and what better place to give my opinion. It is "bottom line scary" and it should never have left the darkened transit van that it was transported in. I too applaud the unfortunate creator for admitting that it was a "hot mess" but the change in opinion amongst the majority of the internet community is laughable and is actually quite terrifying in showing the unlimited power it holds in altering perceptions.
Take the @England tweetgate scandal earlier this week as another example. Granted it was amateurish but boil it down and it was an out of context sentence pulled from a longer more in depth article (which was included as a link) which seemed to suggest that the highly talented national women's football team's occupations were simply being mother's, daughter's and sister's. Minutes later and it was #everydaysexism heaven. The offending post was pulled down and I'm sure the moderator was promptly punished but this form of swift net justice must end before we end up apologising for everything. the art of tone is not yet available on smartphones and tablets because if it was, most of the PR disasters we see unfold would be non existent.
Cake-Gate started as all gates start. Someone opened it. If you don't wish to open a gate, one top tip is don't publish a picture online. Has everyone just forgotten that the internet is essentially just a massive night club and that if you do anything remotely strange or rotten in a dark corner of it, at least one other person will spot it and tell the rest of the crowd what you're up to?
So now I'm being told that I'm not allowed to hate the cake and that we must remember that the cake was born out of love and therefore exempt from parody and mockery.
I CALL BULLSHIT!
If I made a cake right now, I wouldn't know where to begin. It would look like the Ghostbusters Stay-Puft marshmellow man took a shit and then stepped in it. But I'm not a decorative cake maker and I don't claim to be. The mother of #ElsaCakeFail is somewhat of a professional and for that she should be mocked. If you ordered a cake resembling a Disney Princess and you received that monstrosity, would you ask for your money back? Damn right you would. I'd ask for money even if I didn't pay for it and I won it in a charity raffle. It's bad and don't you listen to anyone who tells you it's not.