Resist Ben and Jerry’s Pecan Resistance [OPINION]
Back in the day when I called Burlington, Vermont home, I actually lived mere blocks from the very first Ben & Jerry's retail store. I lived on the stuff. Coffee Heath Bar Crunch was a staple in my diet.
In the back of the store, Ben and Jerry, two transplanted hippies from 1960's New York, had a cooler stocked with pints classified as "rejects." What made them rejects was that they somehow wound up with more "stuff" in them than they were supposed to have. And they were half price as a result!
As you know, Ben & Jerry's went to be quite successful. So much so that they forgot all about the kumbaya shtick and sold their little socialistic operation to an overseas corporate greedmeister. The company is currently owned by Unilever, the British-Dutch consumer products company. Ben and Jerry are now very wealthy Bernie Bros who masquerade as compassionate liberals.
Ben & Jerry's foreign owner has decided to interfere in the American political process by marketing Pecan Resist, a new flavor meant to convey that "We can peacefully resist the Trump administration's regressive and discriminatory policies and build a future that values inclusivity, equality, and justice for people of color, women, the LGBTQ community, refugees, and immigrants."
Hey, what better way to show solidarity with the oppressed than by stuffing your face with Ben & Jerry's?
Now, since I know so many on the left were outraged that the Russians attempted to interfere with the 2016 elections, you must be equally upset that Ben & Jerry's foreign owners are attempting to influence things as well? Where were Ben and Jerry when Bernie needed them?
Didn't we all just agree that foreign intervention in American elections is, well, un-American?
Hey, hey, ho, ho Pecan Resistance has got to go. It's not good for the waistline anyway.
Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.