GoFundMe raises small fortune for Indiana pizza bigots
Almost as quickly as the proprietors of Memories Pizza went on local news to announce that they would be refusing to serve gay customers in accordance with Indiana’s new “religious freedom,” the shop was forced into closing amid threats and a hilarious onslaught of one star Yelp reviews.
It didn’t take long for supporters of the law to start a GoFundMe page for the Walkerton, Indiana, pizzeria, which has shuttered its doors indefinitely.
According to ABC News, the page was started on Wednesday by journalist Lawrence Jones who works on “The Dana Show” which airs on Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze network. As the GoFundMe page suggests, he started the campaign hoping to amass a 25,000 dollar goal.
“This is us as America,” Jones told ABC News. “When Americans are attacked for their voice, we get behind that. We created this GoFundMe and our hope is to raise as much money, to give them every penny so they can survive.”
And how many pennies did this site end up raising? Well, as of Thursday afternoon, over 8,000 donors contributed a sum of around 236,000 dollars. It turns out that shutting down a business after taking on a controversial conservative stance can be quite profitable.
Here are a few of the comments supporters have left, along with their cash donation pledges:
So far, there have been a handful of $1,000 donations and even a $5,000 donation from an anonymous benefactor.
Here’s the video interview between Memories Pizza’s Crystal O’Connor and TheBlaze’s Dana Loesch hosted on the GoFundMe page.