April 21, 2006

America's Number 1 Health Terrorists called to task for extreme cultural insensitivity (but not for making people fat)

I am, of course, talking about Ben and Jerry.

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ice cream makers Ben & Jerry's have apologized for causing offence by calling a new flavor "Black & Tan" -- the nickname of a notoriously violent British militia that operated during Ireland's war of independence.

The ice cream, available only in the United States, is based on an ale and stout drink of the same name.

"Any reference on our part to the British Army unit was absolutely unintentional and no ill-will was ever intended," said a Ben & Jerry's spokesman.

"Ben & Jerry's was built on the philosophies of peace and love," he added.

Peace, love, and making obscene profits while making kids fat.

The Black and Tans, so-called because of their two-tone uniforms, were recruited in the early 1920s to bolster the ranks of the police force in Ireland as anti-British sentiment grew.

They quickly gained a reputation for brutality and mention of the militia still arouses strong feelings in Ireland.

"I can't believe that Ben & Jerry's would be so insensitive to call an ice cream such a name and to launch it as a celebration of Irishness ... it's an insult!" wrote one blogger on www.junkfoodblog.com.

One can only imagine what types of flavors would be available following this precedent (about twelve variations on "Custer Custard" come to mind).

I am hereby launching my jihad against the corporate stooges bent on causing Americans immense pain and bloating our healthcare budgets-----that is, it's time to go to war against Ben and Jerry's, and treat them like we now have to treat the tobacco companies. No more marketing to kids. No more ad campaigns involving clowns. No more pieces of crack sprinkled into "Tookies Surpise."

I'm a llama on a mission.

Posted by Steve at April 21, 2006 02:13 PM | TrackBack

You will take the Vermonster out of my cold dead hands...

Posted by: LB Buddy at April 21, 2006 03:32 PM

There might be a market niche here for Ben & Jerry's evil neocon twin, selling flavors like Wingnut Surprise and Rocky Road to Serfdom. Ideally, the corporate headquarters would be in a survivalist compound in Idaho....

Posted by: utron at April 21, 2006 03:39 PM

I solemnly pledge to hunt down and eradicate each and every pint of Cherry Garcia.

Posted by: rjwoof at April 21, 2006 07:32 PM

Those Micks are a tad bit touchy; I was at an Irish bar in LA with a buddy and when he asked for a black & tan some white-haired older guy literally asked him to step outside. When my friend said he'd have a Guinness instead, the old man replied, "you're damn right you'll have a Guinness."

As you can imagine, by the end of the evening we were all great friends.

Posted by: Leopold Stotch at April 21, 2006 07:48 PM