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Discussion in 'The OT' started by phrelin, Oct 21, 2011.
From the AP via Yahoo:
The One Million Moms group????
Saturday Night Live airs at 11:30pm on Saturday nights for a reason... some things are not meant for kids.
So putting an innuendo-laden product in the ice cream section right next to the ice cream marketed to kids seems odd to me too.. so I'm not surprised to see some backlash.
The name of the product (like the skit) is meant to invoke thoughts of an adult-oriented nature... and I don't think it reasonable to ask that it not be available in the same aisle that kids are able to freely roam.
Color me a prude on this one. I find no offense in the skit or the ice cream, but if I had kids and wouldn't let them stay up to watch SNL I wouldn't want them finding this ice cream in the frozen section for similar reasons.
G-String cheese sticks in the cheese aisle?
K-Yogurt in the dairy section?
Sugar Porn Pops in the cereal/bread aisle?
If Saturday Night Live airs at 11:30pm because it's programing is not meant for kids then the only way for kids to learn about "Schweddy Balls" is for their parents to allow them to stay up and watch Saturday Night Live. I have yet to shop in a supermarket where kids are not allowed to freely roam the isles. In some states supermarkets sell beer and wine which can involk thoughts of an adult-oriented nature. Oh, and lets not forget the checkout counters that are laden with candy, gum, and magazines mingled with tabloids with sexually oriented front pages all in plain view of the kids. And people are bitching about ice cream with a risque name?
We don't need prudes running the world. If they don't want to buy it fine, but don't tell others what they can't buy.
They are part of the American Family Association. I don't think I can go into it here, but I'll just say they have never exactly given me the warm and fuzzies.
Not to mention things in the pharmacy area, which at one of my local stores is in the same isle as toothpaste.
Personally, I've heard worse things at 8PM on network TV. We don't have kids, so I really don't think about it, but Big Bang Theory probably is worse than just seeing the name Schweddy Balls without the context of the skit.
I'd actually tried to find it to buy it just because of the AFA's stance (and wanted to try it), but couldn't.
I've seen Viagra, Cialis, and K-Y Intense commercials which invoke thoughts of a adult-oriented nature during times when kids could be watching TV. But you don't see the prudes and One Million Moms group jumping through their ass over that.
What about all the feminine hygiene products and naked baby diaper commercials?
What about the "energy" drink "cocaine?" Should that have been left on the market? Now it's only sold online.
Tasteless. And taste should never be legislated, so the protesters can go lick....
ice cream with a different name.
I thought the skit was a riot, until they beat the innuendo into the ground, which is what most SNL skits tend to do.
I've seen a trend for many shows to bring in scatalogical and/or sexual humor where a few years ago it was limited to a handful, such as 2.5 men.
To some extent, though, saying "there is other stuff, so why pick on this" is the same as saying "IF you can't catch everyone, why catch anyone"...
But nobody would argue that we should let all murderers out of prison if we can't catch all murderers.
So I don't know why people would make an argument that says "Yeah, this product is offensive, but I saw something else offensive yesterday so let's let this go too"
Again, I'm not a prude... and I wouldn't lead a crusade to remove this ice cream from the shelves... BUT I certainly can't make a case that it needs to be there.
Actually, I don't like the idea of the flavor of the ice cream... so that's why I won't be buying it.
Actually, their Hubby-hubby flavor was much more offensive to some than one that you have to have your mind somewhat close to the gutter to get the reference.
Are there a lot of people here who buy their kids Ben & Jerry's? I can't even bring myself to spend that much for ice cream for me. I guess I'm really out of touch.
Never saw the former 'flavor', or at least it never registered.
If one saw the SNL skit, there's no way, no matter how elevated one's mind is from the gutter, one could not miss the reference.
Hubby-Hubby? :lol: Actually it's called Chubby Hubby. :lol: That would take a very long stretch for anyone to think it meant anything but FAT. Yea, I get it, but still .........
Saturday Night Live - Ceased being funny when Ackroyd and Belushi left, with a few rare exceptions. Now little more than a condecending preachfest.
Ben & Jerry - Sold the company to mega multi-national Unileaver, the world's largest ice cream company, decades ago. Made in a big sanitary corporate factories along with and the same as other Unileaver brands like Good Humor. The two old hippies have less to do with the company than Ronald McDonald has to do with his. Along with Sam Adams beer (which is made in a mega-brewery in Cincinnati, not craft brewed in Boston) one of the best examples of false natural marketing going.
They made Hubby-Hubby as well to celebrate Vermont legalizing gay marriage:
I don't know if I'd call them a mega brewery, they're still fairly small, certainly no Imbev, and have helped out microbreweries when there was a hops shortage.
I think if I were involved with B&J, I'd come with even more such names and blitz the stores in and around Tupelo, the home base of this 'group'.
:lol: I like that idea. Some past flavors they could use are...
Half Baked - A marijuana usage reference
Hubby Hubby (mentioned earlier)