If you live in Australia and you want to get two scoops of the same flavor on your ice cream cone, you’re going to have to wait until the Australian government makes same-sex marriage legal — at least if you go to Ben & Jerry’s.
The notoriously liberal ice cream chain made the announcement on its Australian website.
“Imagine heading down to your local Scoop Shop to order your favorite two scoops of Cookie Dough in a waffle cone,” the statement read. “But you find out you are not allowed — Ben & Jerry’s has banned two scoops of the same flavor. You’d be furious!”
Actually, no. I’d just go to another ice cream shop. But that apparently hasn’t occurred to the chain, which feels this is analogous to not allowing gay marriage.
“But this doesn’t even begin to compare to how furious you would be if you were told you were not allowed to marry the person you love,” the statement continued. “So we are banning two scoops of the same flavor and encouraging our fans to contact their (members of Parliament) to tell them that the time has come — make marriage equality legal! Love comes in all flavors!”
Oh, wow. I see absolutely no way that this could backfire.
“At Ben & Jerry’s we love love, and we think most Australians do too,” the statement concluded. “More Australians than ever before believe everyone should have the right to love who they love — and marry them too, if that’s what makes you happy. Let’s make it happen! Go to your local scoop shop to send a message to your local representative and tell them you support marriage equality!”
Or you could just go to another ice cream shop and get two scoops of whatever the heck you want.
Ben & Jerry’s latest liberal gambit is nothing more than a self-indulgent spectacle of virtue signalling. Perhaps even worse, it’s not that the Australian government is standing athwart of efforts to legalize gay marriage. According to Canada’s Global News, an Australian senatorial inquiry said that a free vote should be held on the issue.
Even though Ben & Jerry’s uses the fact that over 70 percent of Australians apparently support gay marriage, they say that a vote is “an expensive and unnecessary exercise that could endanger the LGBTQI community.”
Yes, democracy stinks, so until Australia does exactly what Ben & Jerry’s wants without the benefit of a vote, no two scoops of the same flavor for you!
Fortunately, all this will really lead to is reduced sales for Ben & Jerry’s. Thanks, I guess.
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H/T U.K. Daily Mail