There are badly timed product rollouts. And then there are really badly timed product rollouts.
As the mass shooting at a synagogue in Squirrel Hill has touched off a nationwide debate about anti-Semitism, an ice cream company decided that it was the perfect time to roll out a flavor celebrating its affiliation with an anti-Semitic hate group.
Today we launch Pecan Resist! This flavor supports groups creating a more just and equitable nation for us all, and who are fighting President Trump’s regressive agenda. Learn more and take action here >> https://t.co/Bi8YE1FvOZ pic.twitter.com/Kr6CKBX1sc
— Ben & Jerry’s (@benandjerrys) October 30, 2018
With ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s announcement on Tuesday showcasing a new flavor to help support groups “fighting President Trump’s regressive agenda,” the company revealed that they recently partnered with the Women’s March organization.
That would be the same Women’s March whose leaders have trafficked in anti-Semitism and endorsed Farrakhan, a racist black nationalist leader, who praised Hitler and compared Jews to termites.
No one, however, expected to discover that three Women’s March co-chairs—Linda Sarsour, Carmen Perez, and Tamika Mallory—had ties to Farrakhan. More mysterious and disturbing was the extended reluctance of the Women’s March, nearly a year since it became public, to acknowledge Farrakhan’s extremist views and disassociate themselves from them.
It all came to a head last week, after Farrakhan delivered his address to the annual Nation of Islam gathering for Saviours’ Day, the sect’s three-day holiday honoring its founder, Wallace Fard Muhammad. Farrakhan denounced “Satanic Jews,” said that “when you want something in this world, the Jew holds the door,” and at the climax of his speech, proclaimed, “White folks are going down, and Satan is going down, and Farrakhan by God’s grace has pulled the cover off of that Satanic Jew—and I’m here to say, your time is up.”
When you think of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream… think of Satanic Jews.
Naturally, this renewed interest in just what the Women’s March was thinking. Mallory further stoked controversy when a woman questioning her about Farrakhan’s anti-Semitism drew a response from a preacher asking her to condemn Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and praying for Jesus to cast out the “wicked spirit laying on her heart.” Linda Sarsour surfaced to say the man was “too blessed,” and Mallory tweeted, “If your leader does not have the same enemies as Jesus, they may not be THE leader!”
Then Mallory went after the ADL. And Starbucks chose the racists of the Women’s March over the ADL.
Eric Holder, who has posed with Farrakhan, and was working with Starbucks at the time, may have had something to do with that. But now a new trendy corporation is climbing into the Farrakhan sewer.
When asked directly about the Women’s March close ties to Farrakhan, a spokeswoman for Ben & Jerry’s told IJR they may not agree with all the groups they partner with, but they are “comfortable” with having different views, even “controversial” ones:
“We’re comfortable with the idea that the people and the causes we partner with may have a point of view different from our own on some issues. They can be controversial, just as we can. Linda may not agree with everything we’ve done. But the work that she has done to promote women’s rights, as co-chair of the Women’s March, is undeniably important and we are proud to join her in that effort.”
I can’t wait for Coconut Hitler brand Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, which disavows the whole murdering people thing, but recognizes his achievements in making the trains run on time.