By Henna Kathiya
Who knew ice cream could be such a touchy subject? Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream definitely have a sense of humor, as they recently released their newest flavor “Schweddy Balls.” The new ice cream flavor is named after a popular “Saturday Night Live” skit in which Alec Baldwin, playing the character of Pete Schweddy, makes up a fictional treat called “Schweddy Balls” for the ladies of the fictitious National Public Radio program “Delicious Dish.”
But conservative group One Million Moms is not laughing and has called for a boycott of the new flavor, claiming the name to be too vulgar. Can you imagine, children going up to the counter and asking for “Schweddy Balls”? One Million Moms certainly can’t! Ben & Jerry’s has been accused of being insensitive to conservative sensibilities in the past, like when it released a flavor last year called Hubby Hubby (a play on Chubby Hubby) to celebrate gay marriage, which also upset One Million Moms.
Alec Baldwin doesn’t seem to mind the new flavor. In having an ice cream flavor of his own, he joins the ranks of fellow funny people Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon, both of whom Ben & Jerry’s has paid homage to.
The flavor is a vanilla base with two kinds of balls: chocolate covered rum balls and chocolate covered milk balls. The reviews of the flavor have been mixed, but do you think the taste aversion has something to do with the name?
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