Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Controversy of Schweddy Balls

On Wednesday, September 7 the ice cream company, Ben & Jerry's, announced that it would be sending a new flavor of ice cream to stores around the country. This flavor was to be a tribute to a sketch on Saturday Night Live poking fun at NPR. So, who better to report on the release of this new, limited-edition, flavor called "Schweddy Balls," featuring vanilla ice cream with a hint of rum, with fudge covered rum balls and chocolate covered malt balls in it.

Yes, It's True: Ben & Jerry's Introduces 'Schweddy Balls' Ice Cream Flavor

However, on Thursday the 22nd a conservative group, One Million Moms, has released a statement asking people to boycott the ice cream flavor, saying, "The vulgar new flavor has turned something as innocent as ice cream into something repulsive. Not exactly what you want a child asking for at the supermarket." Certainly it indeed isn't something that you want your children announcing to the grocery that they want.

Conservative Group Calls for Boycott of Ben & Jerry's 'Schweddy Balls' Flavor

But is this really something that needs to be boycotted? The original sketch was a very suggestive and clever play on words, and also on a show that is typically inappropriate for children to be watching. My opinion is that parents shouldn't join any boycott of Ben & Jerry's over a pop-culture tribute, but just merely shrug it off. The bigger deal it is to you, the more your children are going to be curious about the name. If you want them to shrug it off...then you shrug it off too. Or just merely say say to them that you aren't buying ice cream today should they happen to pick it up in the store. This flavor is a limited run, and will eventually be sold out.

In the end...this is merely ice cream...and very tasty ice cream at that. Just let it be.

If you haven't ever seen the SNL sketch Ben & Jerry's was making a tribute to, Hulu was good enough to have a clip of it. Hopefully you get a good chuckle from watching it.