Jeremy Lin Gets Own Ben & Jerry’s Flavor

February 27, 2012 – 1:47 am by Hickey

All it took for me to completely give up on the concept of Americans still having testicles was Jeremy Lin and some frozen yogurt.

In the midst of Linsanity, Ben & Jerry’s — you know, the ice cream hippies who have bestowed us such delicious and uniquely named flavors as Cherry Garcia, Chunky Monkey, Phish Food and Jamaican Me Crazy — joined into the fray. (A band which they have fortunately not named any ice cream after).

In Boston, Ben & Jerry honored Lin, a Harvard grad, with a flavor called “Taste The Lin-Sanity,” which featured vanilla frozen yogurt, honey swirls and OHMYGODFORTHELOVEOFCHRISTCOVERYOUREYES real bits of fortune cookie. It seemed like a fitting homage since the fortune cookie is associated with Chinese culture but was actually created in the US — just like Lin.

Unfortunately, some pantywaist didn’t see things that way.

The fortune cookies have been replaced with waffle cones, since clearly any association of a person with their ethnicity is racist.

“We offer a heartfelt apology if anyone was offended by our handmade Lin-Sanity flavor,” was an actual statement from Ben & Jerry’s.

If anyone was offended by the Lin-Sanity flavor, I would like to offer them a heartfelt kick in the nuts. Assuming, of course, that you have any. How anyone can be offended by what is clearly meant to be an homage to one of the most electrifying athletes to come along in years is beyond me.

Clearly it would appear Ben & Jerry are overreacting after the whole “Chink in the Armor” headline fiasco at ESPN last week, only the difference is that the word “chink” is actually offensive. I’ve never been chased out of a Chinese restaurant for eating a fortune cookie.

But hey, them’s the times we’re livin’ in. I guess I just need to embrace the future. Maybe I’ll start by protesting McDonald’s Shamrock Shake, a frozen dairy product that is clearly insensitive to the struggles of my ancestors.

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  1. 4 Responses to “Jeremy Lin Gets Own Ben & Jerry’s Flavor”

  2. I think you getting upset over this is more ridiculous than people offended by this. Get your facts straight, fortune cookies were invented in Japan. This is like Ben & Jerry’s making a yogurt for Kobe Bryant using watermelon flavor and sprinkling fried chicken bits on top. Just because you don’t understand why it’s offensive doesn’t mean it isn’t to other people.

    By BobSmit4 on Feb 27, 2012

  3. I’m offended that someone can’t tell the difference between tsujiura senbei and fortune cookies. But, hey, I’m not as culturally aware as some people apparently.

    WAIT–shouldn’t Kobe Bryant be insulted by the fortune cookies–I’m sorry, wait, the tsujiura senbei–since Kobe’s name is Japanese??? Or at least a Japanese word?

    Wouldn’t an actual offensive ingredient for Lin-Sanity have been a banana-flavored yogurt, since banana is an offensive term used for Asians born in America? Let’s get back to enjoying a great athlete, a good story, and the entertainment both are bringing and stop looking for controversy where there isn’t any.

    Say, by the way, what did Lin say about all this, anyway? Did anyone bother to get his take on it?

    By MJenks on Feb 27, 2012

  4. I appreciate the defense, but totally unnecessary. The man thinks someone would actually find watermelon-flavored frozen yogurt with bits of fried chicken appetizing.

    By Hickey on Feb 27, 2012

  5. Or maybe the words of an actual person of Asian descent will back me up. Lynn Hoppes puts things much more eloquently than I do: http://espn.go.com/espn/commentary/story/_/page/hoppes-120227/the-jeremy-lin-phenomenon-affected-asian-american-sports-fan

    By Hickey on Feb 27, 2012

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