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Ben & Jerry’s Are To Ice Cream What Clooney Is To Acting

Posted on | November 3, 2012 | 10 Comments

by Smitty

That is, good at their vocation, but full of hooey when they inject politics:

There isn’t much to dislike about Ben & Jerry’s. But when co-founder Ben Cohen publicly decries “money in politics,” he transforms from hip, counter-cultural icon into hypocritical censorship advocate. You can bet that Cohen will blame “money in politics” if Mitt Romney wins the election. If you care about your right to persuade your fellow citizens to vote for your candidate, or your right to be persuaded, you should be highly suspicious of Ben & Jerry’s latest gimmick.

I’ll restate something I had on Twitter recently.


Those craving political solutions

to everything, costing money,

whine much about money in politics.


When these Lefties start agitating for returning to a Constitutionally limited form of government, this infantile mewling about the cash flows in politics will such much less, he said, reaching for his Cherry Garcia.


  • jwallin

    I thought I’d check something about discus. So forgive me for a contentless comment.

  • JeffS

    My decision years ago to cease buying B&J ice cream is merely reinforced by this. They (and Cohen in particular) were hypocritical lefties. This shows that they’ve only gotten worse.

  • Garym

    Ben & Jerry’s, I’ve never eaten any of thier ice cream …. and I never will.

  • But to the Contrary

    Unilever bought the owners out years ago.

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  • JeffS

    Go read the article, like you should have to begin with. Specifically:

    In April 2000, Cohen and Ben & Jerry’s co-founder Jerry Greenfield sold their popular ice creamery to multinational food and consumer good giant Unilever, which also owns brands like Dove, Lipton, and TRESemmé. Cohen is still a Unilever employee and an ongoing spokesman for both the Ben & Jerry’s brand and progressive advocacy.

    Emphasis is mine. Ergo, the purchase of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream supports hypocritical hippies.

  • Bob Belvedere

    Take a bath, Hippie!

  • K-Bob

    I had some Ben & Jerry’s once, way back when they were new. It tasted like the same stuff I can buy all over town, only it’s locally made, so it’s fresh. So I never bothered buying it again.

    Once I heard them talking about politics, though, I made sure to tell my family to stick with local brands that are smart enough not to alienate half their customer base. That was also many long years ago.

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  • Rose

    Ben & Jerry’s, a Fenton Communications/Tides Foundation success story.

    “In December of 1998, Environmental Media Services (with several Fenton Communications staffers in tow) held a press conference with guests including activist representatives from the Center for Food Safety and the Consumers Union. Before news cameras and dozens of reporters, this panel of “experts” warned that “recombinant” Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) given to cows would render milk harmful to humans, and even cancerous. The Boston Globe, the New York Times, and ABC News (among others) all ran stories based on this “breaking news” event suggesting that American consumers should be suspicious of any dairy products associated with rBGH.Not surprisingly, the press event produced by EMS made no mention of the fact that Ben & Jerry’s was both a Fenton client and a major stakeholder in the debate. Just one year earlier, Ben & Jerry’s had made headlines (again, with a wind-assist from EMS) with a legal settlement in which it would be permitted to use product labels touting its products’ lack of rBGH as an advantage for consumers. Back then, EMS was very open about its relationship with Ben & Jerry’s, sending out press releases touting the ice cream maker’s “legal victory.” Fenton Communications knew full well that its client was interested in painting rBGH-wielding competitors as cancer conduits, and EMS was happy to oblige.

    What they never told you was that Ben & Jerry’s also had to agree to a disclaimer, which still appears on some ice cream cartons today: “The FDA has said no significant difference has been shown and no test can now distinguish between milk from rBGH treated and untreated cows.”