Las Vegas, NV (KVVU) — Two teens were flooded with support last week over their viral “promposal.” However, a family member of one of the teens says not everyone was on board.
“One word – ‘gay’ – which is the meaning of happy – isn’t going to harm putting that on a cake,” Jennifer Sandoval said.
Sandoval, who’s the aunt of teen Anthony Martinez, says she’s overjoyed at all the positive attention her nephew has gotten after his promposal went viral. His straight best friend, Jacob Lescenski, asked him to prom after not getting another date. Sandoval said she went to her local Walmart store on Saturday, located near Nellis and Las Vegas boulevards, to get him a surprise cake to celebrate before the dance.
“It said: ‘You’re gay, he’s straight, you’re going to prom, you couldn’t have had a better date,'” Sandoval said.
Sandoval said the initial associate told her she couldn’t write that on the cake because it included the word “gay,” and that was against store policy. She then asked to speak with a supervisor.
“Supervisor takes my phone, looks at it, and was like stuck for a minute, and she was like, ‘OK, I’m sorry, we can’t use this’. And then I said, ‘I’m going to ask you what I asked her because you’re the supervisor. Why can’t I use this? I don’t understand. It’s one word. It’s gay,'” Sandoval said.
Sandoval is shown expressing her disappointment in a video shot by Teen Vogue of the teens prepping for their big night out. She had to settle and go with a cake that read, “You matter, prom kings.”
“Even though he liked what was on there already, I just wanted what I originally wanted,” Sandoval said.
FOX5 reached out to Walmart, and a spokesperson said that after investigating the incident, it was discovered that proper management wasn’t contacted. They said nowhere in their store’s policy does it say the word “gay” can’t be written on a cake.
A store manager is set to contact Sandoval to make this wrong right. Sandoval said although she appreciates the gesture, it’s a little too late.
“It wasn’t hurtful. It was to make my nephew happy, to see a smile on his face. I love that smile, to see that smile, that’s all I wanted, and I’m disappointed. I really am,” Sandoval said.
By Danielle Miller