Debate question bolded.Schweddy Balls ice cream is the latest in frozen threats facing your children, at least according to One Million Moms. The conservative organization, an offshoot of American Family Association, has called for a boycott of the newest Ben & Jerry’s flavor because they find it offensive.
“The vulgar new flavor has turned something as innocent as ice cream into something repulsive,” the group posted on its website. “Not exactly what you want a child asking for at the supermarket.”
The flavor is named after the classic Alec Baldwin sketch on “Saturday Night Live,” in which he plays a bakery owner named Pete Schweddy. The most famous line (and the one most often repeated by drunk frat boys) is his end note: “No one can resist my Schweddy Balls.”
Clearly there is a double entendre here, but is it really worth protesting vanilla ice cream with rum and fudge-covered malt balls? After all, Trix may be for kids, but rum ice cream is for the rest of us.
“We’ve been hearing from many fans. It appeals to those who love our irreverent sense of humor,” Ben & Jerry’s spokesperson Sean Greenwood told Gannett News Service. “If you watch the skit, it’s a lot easier to get the joke,” he said.
Well, One Million Moms watched the skit (they give a play-by-play in their call to action), and they are still not amused. They are asking for people to write to Ben & Jerry’s and ask them to refrain from producing another batch of what’s currently a popular flavor.
They also cite their disdain for the special addition of Chubby Hubby called Hubby Hubby, created in 2009 to celebrate the start of legalized gay marriage. “It seems that offending customers has become an annual tradition for Ben & Jerry's,” One Million Moms writes.
We asked some parents on our TODAY Moms Facebook page what they thought, and here's what a few of them had to say:
Rachel Helie: "That's kind of the point. Tongue in cheek. Sheesh. Just because we are mommies, we shouldn't lose our ability to have a sense of humor. My fave is Karamel Sutra, and that is 'provocative.' As long as they keep making it, I could care less."
Jennifer Dean Martz: "Of course it's vulgar. The SNL skit was intentionally vulgar...what SNL skit is not? I just won't buy it as i would never want to hear my kids say they were eating schweddy balls lol"
Shannon Orton: "I'm mad that I cannot find it in any stores in my town and I want to eat Schweddy Balls! Oh and I'm a mom."
What do you think? Did Ben & Jerry’s go too far with Schweddy Balls, or is this organization overreacting?
Nope. First Amendment and all.
There are many offensive products our children are exposed to all the time. It's my job as a parent to talk with them on a level they understand about offensive products and help them understand our values.
Honestly this one just doesn't bother me that much. It was really intended to be funny.
Besides, I don't really think they are marketing to children with rum flavored ice cream anyway. It's not like it's bubblegum or paintball flavor - that would clearly be marketing towards kids.
My kids generall don't go perusing through the ice cream isle at the grocery store anyway. So maybe that's why this doesn't bother me very much.
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This One Million Moms organization sounds like a real hoot. They are also the ones that are calling for a boycott on Dancing With The Stars because of Chaz Bono. As far as I can tell, it seems like an organization devoted to seeking out trivial things to be offended by.
In case you couldn't tell, I vote "Overreacting".
These people (million moms) seem to have too much time on their hands. I wouldnt even know about half this stuff if they didnt point it out! And I dont mean that in a good way. Except Shweddy Balls, I read about that on facebook and find it hilarious. So I definitely vote over reacting. And really, if my kids were old enough to get this, and asked me about it, or laughed at it, I would probably youtube the skit and let them watch it. Its pretty harmless IMO.
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I think that it is horribly offensive and an insult to the millions of men who suffer from sweaty balls. Ben and Jerry are MOCKING their pain and shame. These men suffer in silence from swamp as$ and sweaty wrinkly ball sacs and now B&J are blithely naming an ICE CREAM after their affliction? Not to mention the children. What if children (even GIRL children!) learn that male scrotums SWEAT? I mean, think of it?!?!?! What on earth could that lead to? Probably SEX!
These Mom's are heros, warriors, guardians of all that is right in this sick evil warped world we live in. Thank you Jesus, for brave and heroic women who are willing to stand up and fight for the light in this world of darkness and depravity. Think of the children. The CHILDREN!!!!
You know, i can't imagine B&Js went into this without considering that some people would be offended.
I guess i care about as much as Ben and Jerry's cares.
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Do they really not ever check out the B&J's ice cream flavors? I bought Clusterfluff last weekend because they didn't have Schweddy Balls. Vanilla ice cream with a hint of rum and fudge-covered rum and malt balls. Mmmmm... Their flavors often had double meaning for those who get the humor.
Great marketing BTW! Had they called it malted rum or something no one notice.
OT: I'm glad there is something to put Vermont on the map. I don't get what it is with that state...the population outranks only Wyoming. They have no Target (store). At least they have Ben and Jerry's.