Many Instagram users commented that the post had racist undertones.
Photo via Donald Trump Jr's Instagram account.
Donald Trump Jr. has been really getting into cakes lately. Or cookies. Well, he's been up to something.
On Sunday, he posted a photo of a cowboy-boot-shaped cake that he called the "best birthday cake ever” that “was just too cool not to share.”
Just two hours later, he posted a photo of a second "cake" (which looks a lot more like... a cookie?). That one was far from being “the best ever,” but was certainly politically charged.
The frosting-based image on this cake is almost an unrecognizable—aside from the color scheme—version of Shepard Fairey’s iconic Barack Obama "HOPE" poster. Posing with Ted Cruz, Donald Jr. shows his respect for (lack thereof) for the former president with a toothy grimace, as Cruz looks on like Chris Farley’s dad in Tommy Boy.
“With friends like these... some good friends decided that while my birthday is not for 2 weeks that they would get me an early 40th birthday cake,” Trump wrote in the caption. “And what birthday is complete without an Obama cake? I figured it was so good that I would have to share it with Ted.”
As with pretty much everything else currently related to his last name, Trump's post got a very polarizing response from social media users. “Entitled racist aholes alert,” one Instagrammer wrote, while others seemed to be pro-cookie, saying things like “That cookie's better than the original." Trump's facial expression and the poor rendering of Obama led many to believe that the image had mocking and possibly racist undertones.
Social media reaction aside, there’s no denying Donald Trump Jr’s sweet tooth and his penchant for using food to articulate his political thoughts, like the time he compared Syrian refugees to Skittles.
The Obama cookie-cake incident took place at Le Bilboquet in Dallas, and the French bistro was quick to attempt damage control after the Trump train rolled through their dining room.
“We at Le Bilboquet feel betrayed and sad,” Bilboquet owner Stephane Courseau wrote in a post on Instagram on Monday. “Restaurant business is about creating a hospitable environment for all, a non-partisan, non-politicized, nondiscriminatory and respectful environment. The fact that guests decided to use our restaurant as a platform to promote, disrespect, and spread hatred goes against everything we stand for.”
Courseau also made sure to clarify that the cookie-cake portrait abomination was not a creation of his restaurant's; "Someone that attended the party brought in an outside cake for Donald Trump Jr.’s upcoming birthday and we are not sure who that was."
While there are a number of takeaways from this social media-driven event, one is that there needs to be a clearer line drawn as to whether the poorly rendered pastry portrait is, in fact, a cookie or a cake—and either way, no one seems eager to take credit for it.