April 2, 2015

Here's the title for The Blaze's youtube video:

Family Owned Pizza Restaurant Falls Victim To Culture War

In today's media environment wingnut victimhood is always richly compensated, an easily monetized commodity. All this family had to do to claim their prize was to get on television and say they wouldn't cater to same-sex weddings, and fully endorse Indiana's bigoted law.

Glenn Beck's The Blaze know a good grift story when they see one, and jumped at the chance to help out, of course.


The reaction to the O'Connors' remarks has been so negative that the family has decided to close the pizzeria for the time being -- and they may never open again.

"I don't know if we will reopen, or if we can, if it's safe to reopen" Crystal O'Connor said in an interview with The Blaze television Wednesday.

Crystal said the family is also considering leaving the state.

"We said that we would serve anyone that walked in that door, even gays. But we would not condone a wedding. We would not cater to that," she said.

One of the most aggressive criticisms against the O'Connors was reportedly leveled by an Indiana high school golf coach, who tweeted, "Who's going to Walkerton, IN to burn down #memoriespizza w me?" She was subsequently suspended for the tweet and Walkerton police conducted an investigation into the message.

The coach's Twitter account has since been deactivated and she may face criminal charges, including harassment and intimidation, police said.

The O'Connors, meanwhile, have also found supporters who advocate their position. The Times reported that more than $36,000 has so far been raised for the family by sympathizers on the Internet.

UPDATE: As of 10:15 pm eastern, that number had climbed to over $400,000.

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