BPA in bottles, glasses and even canned goods. Mercury in our lakes and rivers so toxic that some fish are almost inedible. Schools with classrooms so crowded that 30 or 40 children will be vying for the attention of one teacher. And cuts to the social safety net so drastic that one in five Americans, many of them children, are using food stamps.
There are a lot of things for moms across the nation to get riled up about. Ice cream names shouldn’t be that high on the list.
Yet sadly, the new Schweddy Balls flavor being introduced by ice cream makers Ben & Jerry’s has set off “one million moms.” Well, not really a million moms, just a group calling themselves that. This “mom” branch of the American Family Association, famous for fighting for PBS not to marry Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street and other truly meaningful battles.
Now the conservative action group wants to fight the new flavor, calling it a “vulgar new flavor [that] has turned something as innocent as ice cream into something repulsive.”
The name, based on an old Saturday Night Live skit, isn’t the first time the group has come after the ice cream maker. They also protested “Hubby Hubby,” a spin-off of the “Chubby Hubby” flavor that was renamed to celebrate marriage equality.
Of course, these are also the same people who are convinced that allowing Chaz Bono on to a prime time television show will somehow morally degrade their children. It must be nice to be comfortable enough to consider these the “big issues” facing our families.
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