It’s another example of social media doling out it’s own form of justice.
A Vancouver business which posted homophobic comments on its Facebook page is now finding its Facebook page feeling the pain.
GeoPond EcoGarden’s Facebook page has been bombarded with more than 86 reviews, but unfortunately for it, most of them are negative, giving the business 1.6 stars.
We spoke about this on CKNW’s Drex Live.
At first glance, the reviews appear to be fake.
Not all of the “fake reviews” are negative, though.
GeoPond EcoGarden has found some support within the religious community.
Owner cites religious freedom
The company’s owner insists, she has done nothing wrong, although the comments first reported by Metro have now been deleted from GeoPond EcoGarden’s Facebook page.
Speaking to CKNW, Geena Gill says it all started when she responded to an article she read online, suggesting the Burrard Street Bridge be covered in rainbows for Vancouver’s Gay Pride celebrations in August.
Gill says, she questioned the need for gay pride.
*A warning: Some of what Gill says will be considered offensive to some readers.*
“I wrote, ‘When do I get a parade for overcoming adversity in my interracial marriage. Gay folk need to get over themselves. People condemn them in the past for willfully sinning against God. People didn’t condemn gays for the sake of hating. No scripture says God loves gays. Did we forget about Sodom and Gomorrah? Those who know what it’s about don’t agree with the LGBT lifestyle whatsoever.”
Gill says she made the comment from a personal account, but someone tracked her down and posted it on her company’s Facebook page.
Social media backlash
Gill claims that once her personal comments were posted to her company page, she became the target of an onslaught of negative comments online.
She eventually posted that she would not do any business with any members of the LGBT community, but insists, she has good reason.
“Because of threats that were made to my 10-year-old niece and my sister and my family that my home was going to be firebombed.”
There’s no actual proof of a direct threat, but according to one email provided by Gill to CKNW, one person noted they “hoped” she’s firebombed.
Human rights legislation
Gill insists she’s not worried about violating human rights codes, despite the fact the BC Human Rights Tribunal notes a business cannot discriminate against anyone based on their sexual orientation.
Gill says everyone has a right to protect themselves against violence.