Devo co-founder Jerry Casale is in damage control mode after photographs from his wedding reception were leaked to TMZ showing the newlyweds posing with a 9/11-themed Twin Towers cake and boxcutters used as place cards. "One of my friends said, 'I’ll take care of the cake.' That was his contribution," Casale wrote in an email to the Daily News. "And it was supposed to be a surprise. Well, it was."
Casale's wedding to Krista Napp took place last week on September 11th. Photographs from their reception at Michael's in Santa Monica, California showed the creepy cake and boxcutters.
Deep apologies for all offended. There is a real explanation and its not what you think. Surprise cake and pix to TMZ was a set up. TBC...
— Gerald Casale (@Gvc3Casale) September 15, 2015
"I apologize to anyone who offended," Casale told Billboard, saying the wedding reception theme was all a surprise to him and his bride. He said now the media attention it's received has "ruined our wedding."
Casale explained that they had gotten married on Sept. 11 because the Beverly Hills courthouse is only open on Fridays, and that was the last Friday available before their marriage application expired. The wedding was just the two of them and a witness, and the reception was for just about 20 of their closest friends.
While Casale said some of his friends had commented on whether it was appropriate that they got married on the 14-year anniversary of the September 11 attacks, calling it "macabre," he would respond that he and Napp "are the Twin Towers of love." Casale cited Donald Trump's original proposal to rebuild the two towers on the same site as a "f--- you to anyone who threatens our way of life or freedom to live."
He said that he first saw the place settings, thinking, "that was pretty nasty...we thought that the was the end of the reference." But then came the cake.
Casale told Billboard, "[My friend] thought it was some sort of transgressive sick humor, and the problem is, it's not funny." But Casale and Napp apparently had no problem posing for photos with the cake—it's not like someone held a boxcutter to their heads.
"You don’t want to ruin the whole night by overreacting," Casale said in his email to the News. "And it was just a matter of getting out there, the servers cut the cake which everyone ate. The reaction is predictable and I apologize to everyone who would be offended because I understand."