After days of debating House Bill 2 on Twitter, former talk show host Montel Williams sent a cake to N.C. House Majority Leader Mike Hager’s office Thursday.
The cake stemmed from a Twitter conversation Wednesday night in which Williams – who has been an outspoken opponent of House Bill 2 – referenced the NBA’s concerns about the law, which has raised uncertainty over the fate of the NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte.
“Mike - I'm curious how @SenatorBerger feels about the NBA since, oh Thursday? Shall I send you all an NBA themed cake?” Williams tweeted.
Hager’s response? “Yes I'll take a cake, chocolate would be preferable.”
So Williams, who lives in New York, arranged for Raleigh bakery lucettegrace to bring Hager a cake.
“Given the glib nature of Rep. Hager’s tweets to me, I thought I’d remind him that the discrimination HB2 visits on the trans and broader LGBT community, as well as its removal of state law causes of action for discrimination generally are in fact, very serious,” Williams said in a news release. “Consider this chocolate cake diplomacy, one conservative to another.”
A photo showed the cake with “#lovewins” and “#repealHB2” written in icing.
While reporters were present at Hager’s office when the cake arrived, the GOP legislator said he was late for a meeting and didn’t immediately open the box.
Hager did not return to eat the cake but tweeted his thanks to Williams. “Unfortunately I had left b4 I got to open it, but my staff will b the beneficiary,” Hager wrote on Twitter.
Williams has been one of the primary celebrity voices in the House Bill 2 debate, and he frequently addresses state leaders on Twitter with his concerns. He hosted a national TV talk show bearing his name from 1991 to 2008. Recently, he was on the campaign trail supporting Republican candidate John Kasich.