A founding member of the band Devo says he is sorry after photos leaked of his wedding, which was held on 9/11 and featured a Twin Towers cake.
TMZ leaked photos on Monday of what the website reported was the "9/11-themed" wedding of Jerry Casale and Krista Napp.
In the photo, Casale and his bride are seen smiling next to two cakes shaped like the Twin Towers.
One cake has a picture of the bride, and the second has a picture of the groom.
TMZ also published photos of what it said were "box cutter" party favors.
However, Casale denied to BuzzFeed News that the couple had chosen a "9/11" theme for their nuptials.
Casale said that the couple hadn't intentionally aimed to have their small, courthouse wedding ceremony on 9/11, it just had worked out that way.
He said that the cake was actually a surprise from a friend, who wanted to make a joke about how the couple was getting married on 9/11.
"I had said that my new wife, Krista, and I were 'the twin towers of love' when people thought it was macabre to get married on 9/11," he said.
He said the same friend who brought the cake brought the "box cutters," but the couple "had them quickly taken away."
"I certainly realize the cake was in bad taste," he said. "I sincerely apologize to all those who were offended by the photos someone leaked."
He added that the reports of their wedding have been horrifying for the couple.
"We are devastated over the vitriol from this unfortunate incident," he said.
Casale isn't one to shy away from terrorism-themed humor.
He had a short-lived project in the 2000s called "Jihad Jerry & The Evildoers," in which he dressed up in a turban and declared "war on stupidity."
He released songs as "Jihad Jerry," but later admitted the project "didn't get the love."
"I thought a man in his senior years, dressed in a theatrical turban and a pimp suit would be clearly satire," he told Free Press Houston in 2011. "And guess what? We live in a nation full of scary people and I received a lot of threats from Muslim people, because I was an infidel but I also got really dissed by all the Christians. They didn't get it."
Stephanie McNeal is a social news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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