In the third example this week that celebrities don't think political correctness extends to the World Trade Center tragedy, Jerry Casale, a co-founder of the band Devo, found himself apologizing for a 9/11-themed wedding cake and reception in California that he's now claiming was a "setup."
Casale, 67, married Krista Napp, 26, on Friday and held a reception at a Santa Monica restaurant, reported the New York Daily News
. There were two cakes resembling the Twin Towers and real box cutters as favors, in what the newspaper called "revolting."
"If it seems outrageous and offensive to make the murder of 2,977 people the centerpiece of your wedding -- we're told Jerry and Krista's friends weren't the least bit fazed because they both have a dark and strange sense of humor," said TMZ
. "As one guest put it ... Jerry has 'real heart as an artist, and is a super sweet guy.'"
Casale told the Daily News that the friends surprised him with the design and he didn't know about the theme until he arrived.
"One of my friends said, 'I'll take care of the cake.' That was his contribution. And it was supposed to be a surprise," Casale told the Daily News. "Well, it was. I joked and said Krista and I are like the twin towers of love and love conquers all and we're going to resurrect those towers."
By Tuesday, Casale was offering apologies for the event and trying to transition the "surprise" to a "setup."
Michele Miller, whose brother Mitchell Wallace, a state court officer who died while trying to save those trapped in the towers during 9/11, was not laughing at the reception set up, said the Daily News.
"I am in disbelief that someone would think to turn that day into a wedding day theme," said Miller. "Shame on him, his wife, his guests, and even the restaurant for participating in such garbage,"
Others expressed their shock about the 9/11 wedding theme on social media
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