“Moms” Fighting “Schweddy Balls”


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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Jim Ven
Jim Venabout a year ago

thanks for sharing.

Winn Adams
Winn A4 years ago

This is what they are upset about? How about devoting your energy to important things that matter like your local food bank, the homeless in your community, child abuse in your community or animals that are being abused. This is what you choose? Such a waste of time. And, your minds are a terrible thing to waste on Schweddy Balls.

Lisa H.
Lisa H5 years ago

Obviously OMM is confusing themselves with god. Really! Does anyone else have time to worry so much about stupid advertising tricks?? Didn't OMM ever watch Monty Python? Can't they get to WalMart for a vowel? Maybe Two Million Queers can arrange to run over them with a truck.

Rachel Waller
Rachel W5 years ago

I think it's a stupid name for an icecream, but I'm going to protest that by not buying that flavour, not by starting up OTT campaigns.

Viviana C.
Past Member 5 years ago

These women have way too much time on their hands.

Suzanne Loewen
Suzanne L6 years ago

These gals are a riot! Guess they've already checked their petticoats for loose threads.

Kathryn Terhune Cotton

Ewwww. Schweddy Balls ice cream? Terrible. And I'm a mom. So I guess I should join their group. I'm also concerned about the major damage butterflies cause while landing on my flowers (they get so bent!) and what my kitties are going to wear for Valentine's Day (Is red okay for boy kitties or is that tacky or GAY?).

Laurie Greenberg
Laurie Greenberg6 years ago

Robin, I agree with you. These people have 'WAY too much time on their hands. They could choose to spend this time on important matters, but they prefer to focus on ice cream names and homophobic nonsense. I feel sorry for their children.

Kat Head
Katherine H6 years ago

As much as I tell people not to eat ice cream (dairy is cruel) it can be named whatever. Who cares? Freedom of speech!

Charli Stubbs
Charlotte S6 years ago

For goodness sake aren't there more important things to worry about? If Schweddy Balls is offensive to most Americans then it will fail in the market place. I don't believe in censorship. Trying to force censorship is un-American. That's why I don't support making places pull products that I may find not to my tastes. I simply don't buy the products and I write the store and tell them why I'm not buying the products. These women need lives.