It’s safe to say at this point that 2013’s Frozen was a pretty popular movie. Years after its initial release, children are still belting out lyrics alongside their favorite character(s). Parents are still tapping their feet to, “Let It Go,” arguably the catchiest song of the entire film.
So it should come as no surprise that when something like a birthday comes along, children want a character like Elsa to be a part of the celebration, most notably in the form of a cake. But what would you say if your Elsa cake looked exactly like this?
The cake on the left was made by McGreevy Cakes and the cake on the right was made by Lisa Randolph-Gant of Icing Smiles.
Why does that matter? Why do these two cakes matter? It’s simpler if we just show you:
— ITV News (@itvnews) July 6, 2015
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) July 7, 2015
Ms. Grant and her cake endured much criticism and ridicule from news outlets with large followings. Audience members of said news outlets chimed in as well, leading to a couple of very tough days for Ms. Grant.
And then the real story came out.
Found on their website, “Icing Smiles is a nonprofit organization that provides custom celebration cakes and other treats to families impacted by the critical illness of a child.” And there’s more:
“We understand that the simple things, like a birthday cake, are luxuries to a family battling illness. Our goal is to create a custom cake for the ill child, or their sibling, that provides a temporary escape from worry and creates a positive memory during a difficult time.”
Through Icing Smiles, Lisa Randolph-Grant volunteered to make the Elsa cake for one of those families impacted by the illness of a child. And, you know what? She delivered. From a Facebook post Grant made amidst all of the criticism: “At the end of the day, I DIDN’T let that sick baby down I gave it all I had to give, so make fun of me all you guy’s want if that is what you need to do to feel good about yourself.”
Ms. Grant, if you’re reading this, do know that we admire your spirit, your resolve, and your strength. Not everyone can stand up to the evils of the internet with such grace. Thank you.
Cyberbullying is a very real thing that can significantly wound people. Let’s put a stop to it.
Garrett D. resides in West Michigan. When he isn’t writing (or editing), you can find him outside, riding a bike, reading a book, or just plain running. Other interests include sports (of any kind), music (again, any kind) and cinema (a bit pickier here).