Kentucky BBQ business getting heat for 'LGBTQ' shirts

A screenshot of Belle's Smokin BBQ's original Facebook post advertising the T-shirts. (Photo: Belle's Smokin BBQ/Facebook)

WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. (WTHR) – A local barbeque business in Kentucky is getting a lot of heat after advertising T-shirts on social media with a play on the LGBTQ acronym.

The owner of Belle's Smokin BBQ, Jamie Smith, took the LGBTQ acronym and changed it to Liberty, Guns, Bible, Trump and BBQ.

Some people are now calling the message insensitive and hateful.

The original post on the business' Facebook page, which has since been taken down, said "We are going to stock up on some Swag. Hat and shirts. Let me know what yall want via text message. We are going to have our traditional Belles shirts, trucker hats. We will also have our LGBTQ shirts as well Belle’s logo on the back. For those who said (wtf)”

Once the business started receiving attention for the shirts rather than the BBQ, Smith took down the post and replaced it with this statement:

After posting the statement, Belle's Smokin BBQ continued to take T-shirt orders.

Smith says he started selling the T-shirts nearly two years ago. He says he has sold nearly a 100 but decided to advertise it on Facebook on Thursday to get more sales.

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