September 26th, 2011Site News
Something a little different again today. This was sent to me by Anne, who picked it up from Cathy, one of our lovely forum members. It raises a very interesting point – would you be put off eating something with a witty nod towards the word ‘sweaty’ in it’s name?
“I have been having a discussion with friends about the objection by a group called One Million Moms leading to the boycott of the new Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream flavor called “Schweddy Balls” (named after the 1998 SNL skit with Alec Baldwin). Of course nobody would admit it, but it’s probably the “schweddy” part of the name that disgusts them the most. If it were called “Big Balls” instead, I doubt we’d be hearing how “vulgar” it was! Interesting how groin sweat offends a million women! Personally, the ice cream sounds good, and I can’t wait to lick them “Schweddy Balls”! LOL”
OneMillionMoms, an organization affiliated with the American Family Association, announced a boycott of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream over a new flavor called “Schweddy Balls.” The group said Friday on its website: “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.”
The idea for the ice cream flavor’s name came from a 1998 Saturday Night Live comedy segment featuring Alec Baldwin, Molly Shannon, and Ana Gasteyer. In the sketch Baldwin plays Pete Schweddy, a baker who brings his best-selling holiday treat to share with two public radio hosts. “No one can resist my Schweddy balls,” Baldwin famously said in character.
The new Ben & Jerry’s flavor consists of vanilla ice cream with a hint of rum flavor, mixed with fudge-covered rum and milk chocolate malt balls.
The AFA-affiliated boycott group objects to the Vermont ice cream company’s use of the “Schweddy balls” name and its sexually suggestive pun. “It seems that offending customers has become an annual tradition for Ben & Jerry’s,” the organization added on its website.
Ben & Jerry’s has a history of embracing political activism, including an ice cream flavor — ‘Hubby Hubby’ — that serves as an endorsement of same-sex marriage.
“The name is irreverent,” said Ben & Jerry’s spokesman Sean Greenwood of his company’s “Schweddy” flavor. “But we’ve always been about having some irreverence and having some fun … We’re not trying to offend people. Our fans get the humor.”Tags: ben & jerry's, bizarre, food, hyperhidrosis, ice cream, offensive, ridiculous, schweddy, schweddy balls, sweaty balls