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Ben & Jerry's apologizes for Lin fortune cookies

Posted on: February 26, 2012 10:02 am
 
Eye on Basketball staff

Ben & Jerry's, the ice cream maker known for its catch flavor names, has issued an apology for selling Jeremy Lin-inspired frozen yogurt containing fortune cookies at a Harvard Square location in Boston, the New York Daily News reported.

The limited-edition flavor, "Taste The Lin-sanity," contained crumbled fortune cookies before backlash resulted because of the racial overtones from using fortune cookies as part of the promotion.

"We offer a heartfelt apology if anyone was offended by our handmade Lin-sanity flavor," Ben & Jerry's said in a statement. 

The New England manufacturer replaced fortune cookies in its honey-swirl based Lin-inspired flavor with waffle cones.

"We are proud and honored to have Jeremy Lin hail from one of our fine, local universities and we are huge sports fans," Ben & Jerry's said in the news release. "Our intention was to create a flavor to honor Jeremy Lin's accomplishments and his meteoric rise in the NBA, and recognize that he was a local Harvard graduate. "We try [to] demonstrate our commitment as a Boston-based, valued-led business and if we failed in this instance we offer our sincere apologies."

The former Harvard star has caused a league- and nationwide sensation as a result of his meteoric rise to stardom as the Knicks' point guard.
Comments

Since: Nov 19, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2012 1:51 pm
 

Ben & Jerry's apologizes for Lin fortune cookies

I guess I dont understand why embracing someones culture is racist? I mean do Americans get upset when people associate hamburgers with them, or Italians with pasta? NO! This whole political correctness crap has gotten so entirely out of hand.



Since: Feb 26, 2012
Posted on: February 26, 2012 1:47 pm
 

Ben & Jerry's apologizes for Lin fortune cookies

Oh, come on. I love fortune cookies! People need to chill out.



Since: Jan 3, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2012 1:35 pm
 

Ben & Jerry's apologizes for Lin fortune cookies

I propose that Ben and Jerry's stop making vanilla and chocolate ice cream since Seal and Heidi Klum are getting divorced!



Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2012 1:30 pm
 

Ben & Jerry's apologizes for Lin fortune cookies

Smoking marijuana is for losers, drinking until you puke is for winners, what's with that too? This country's modern culture sucks.



Since: Jan 3, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2012 1:30 pm
 

Ben & Jerry's apologizes for Lin fortune cookies

I propose that Ben and Jerry's stop making vanilla and chocolate ice cream since Seal and Heidi Klum are getting divorced!



Since: May 12, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2012 1:28 pm
 

Ben & Jerry's apologizes for Lin fortune cookies

Hahaha! Black Family Picnic! OMG!!! I'm dying laughing!!! Good stuff!



Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2012 1:28 pm
 

Ben & Jerry's apologizes for Lin fortune cookies

Chinese people don't eat no damn fortune cookies man.



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2012 1:04 pm
 

Ben & Jerry's apologizes for Lin fortune cookies

So implying Chinese people like Chinese food is racist now? Damn.

I mean - maybe if they made an ice cream out of fried chicken, watermelon and grape soda called "Black Family Picnic" I could see the outrage, but c'mon...


In other news I'm starting a petition to get Ritz to stop making crackers, because that's clearly offensive to white people.



Since: May 24, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2012 1:00 pm
 

Ben & Jerry's apologizes for Lin fortune cookies

Very well said Slim. The racial pendulum has swung so far the other way in this country it makes me want to puke. I realize this is a sports column, but enough is enough..By the way, I find the  "Chubby Hubby" flavor quite offensive... Ha Ha..



Since: Feb 26, 2012
Posted on: February 26, 2012 12:50 pm
 

Ben & Jerry's apologizes for Lin fortune cookies

Is it just me, or has society just gone crazy with all its “politically correct” BS?? Ben & Jerry’s gets called racist for having pieces of fortune cookies in ice cream? Are you kidding me? Well in that case, vanilla offends me because I’m white. The movie White Men Can’t Jump offends me because I’m white and can’t jump. There not being a White History Month offends me because I’m white and white people such as George Washington, Christopher Columbus and others played key parts in finding and establishing this country. This is just insane.


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