It will probably come as a surprise to no one that a new Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor with a name inspired by a sketch from NBC’s "Saturday Night Live" has, perhaps as intended, sparked an uproar.
The Schweddy Balls ice cream flavor has upset the advocacy group OneMillionMoms, an affiliate of the American Family Association, reports RightWingWatch.org.
In a press release, the group writes: "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 name originated from a ‘Saturday Night Live’ skit featuring Alec Baldwin as Pete Schweddy, owner of a holiday bakery called Season’s Eatings. ‘There are lots of great treats this time of year,’ Schweddy says. ‘Zucchini bread, fruitcake, but the thing I most like to bring out at this time of the year are my balls.’"
Sean Greenwood, a spokesperson for Ben & Jerry’s, defended the name, saying, "The name is irreverent. 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."
OneMillionMoms is asking for emails to be sent to the ice cream company to stop further distribution of Schweddy Balls products.