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The Onion Weighs in on Linsanity

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 12:40 pm

The Onion reports:

Ben & Jerry’s, the iconic ice cream brand famous for flavors borrowed from a broad swath of the culinary spectrum, has apologized for including fortune cookies in its “Taste the Lin-Sanity” frozen yogurt sold at a Harvard Square location in Boston.

The Vermont-founded company has replaced the fortune cookies in its honey-swirl, Jeremy Lin-inspired variety with waffle cones.

This just in: that isn’t the Onion. It’s ESPN and it’s a real story.

Thanks to Dana.


  1. You will enjoy Ben & Jerry’s Lin-Sanity in your underwear.

    Comment by daleyrocks (bf33e9) — 2/26/2012 @ 1:00 pm

  2. ESPN is gayer even than what Putin wants to do with Chubby Hubby

    Comment by happyfeet (3c92a1) — 2/26/2012 @ 1:06 pm

  3. what were the lucky numbers?

    everyone knows that blacks, hispanics, gays and muslims are the only minorities… maybe jews if someone mentions hitler or nazis.

    plus the guy is Formosan, and everyone knows they need to be eliminated in order to make iPhones cheaper

    Comment by SteveG (e27d71) — 2/26/2012 @ 1:06 pm

  4. It is pathetic when you cannot discern the difference between real life and Teh Onion.

    Comment by JD (448fa8) — 2/26/2012 @ 1:08 pm

  5. The Vermont-founded company has replaced the fortune cookies in its honey-swirl, Jeremy Lin-inspired variety with waffle cones.

    Ah, crap. I was hoping for fried wontons.

    Comment by My Sharia Moor (fd42ae) — 2/26/2012 @ 1:51 pm

  6. I thought the piece was going to be about Lindsay Lohan. I denounce myself for sexism! Am I the only person who has heard the phrase, “she’s gone all fortune-cookie”?

    Comment by felipe (2ec14c) — 2/26/2012 @ 2:11 pm

  7. So is B&J making a racist crack about Obama with the waffle connection?

    Comment by Machinist (b6f7da) — 2/26/2012 @ 2:14 pm

  8. OT – Tim “having a black man as President of the United States seriously pissed off a large number of people I think should be pissed off” Worstall gets taken to school in the comments

    Comment by happyfeet (3c92a1) — 2/26/2012 @ 4:26 pm

  9. It’s too hard to stay on top of what’s allowed and not allowed. I think President Obama needs to start an official newsletter or website that lists PC-approved jokes and products. How else can PC people and businesses like Ben & Jerry avoid these uncomfortable moments?

    Comment by DRJ (a83b8b) — 2/26/2012 @ 5:03 pm

  10. Happyfeet – let’s see if he defends, or corrects.

    Comment by JD (448fa8) — 2/26/2012 @ 5:09 pm

  11. he’s got to be mortified

    Comment by happyfeet (3c92a1) — 2/26/2012 @ 5:12 pm

  12. How else can PC people and businesses like Ben & Jerry avoid these uncomfortable moments?

    It just goes to show that even the most PC do-gooders can be as insensitive and racist as the rest of us. I can actually picture them feeling incredibly disappointed in themselves. No doubt a hefty monetary donation to Open Society Foundation as penance.


    Comment by Dana (4eca6e) — 2/26/2012 @ 5:21 pm

  13. that’s just a division of Unilever anymore Dana it has nothing to do with the dirty hippies anymore

    Comment by happyfeet (3c92a1) — 2/26/2012 @ 5:36 pm

  14. anymore even

    Comment by happyfeet (3c92a1) — 2/26/2012 @ 5:36 pm

  15. The Geico float/Obamacare bomb piece by Worstall is so egregiously flawed and stupid that I am shocked Forbes actually allowed it to be published on their site. Unless, of course, they had been looking for a reason to be rid of him as a “contributor”, and Worstall conveniently just provided it and tied it up with a big bow.

    Comment by elissa (04bcac) — 2/26/2012 @ 5:43 pm

  16. happyfeet,

    Could you explain to me what you think Worstall’s comment means? I found the original post where he said he didn’t think Obama would be (or is) a good President, but he wanted him to win because “having a black man as President of the United States seriously pissed off a large number of people I think should be …” Is he making a point about racism, i.e., it’s good to piss off people who don’t like blacks, or something else?

    Comment by DRJ (a83b8b) — 2/26/2012 @ 6:08 pm

  17. Also, the link was interesting. Worstall’s thesis isn’t as convincing as the comments.

    Comment by DRJ (a83b8b) — 2/26/2012 @ 6:10 pm

  18. It’s great to see these Patterico posts. Thanks for an excellent tip, Dana!

    Comment by DRJ (a83b8b) — 2/26/2012 @ 6:12 pm

  19. Look – I understand everyone has their panties in a twist.

    But as unfortunate as it is, there’s at least a plausible connection between Lin and Fortune Cookies.

    Will someone please tell me what the connection between Lin and WAFFLE CONES is?

    The only thing I can think of is that they’ve got roughly the same taste and texture as fortune cookies.

    Which means that the waffle cones are racist, too.

    Comment by Michael Lopez (c44c25) — 2/26/2012 @ 6:12 pm

  20. All I know is it’s a very American comment… a comment what speaks to how rife with inebriated with identity politics we’ve become

    he says he knew Obama would probably be a suck ass president… but he pissed off all the right people

    he knew

    how many times have we heard on the right that Sarah Palin pisses off all the right people?

    It’s a lot.

    I’m sort of over pissing off all the right people. Maybe if we piss off the wrong people we’ll really get this party started.

    Comment by happyfeet (3c92a1) — 2/26/2012 @ 6:21 pm

  21. They should have included a packet of Calgon.

    Comment by Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (1f6927) — 2/26/2012 @ 6:29 pm

  22. This is what the right people believe;

    Comment by narciso (87e966) — 2/26/2012 @ 6:32 pm

  23. This is way off topic, but I just have to post this.

    I’m watching the Academy Awards. It’s OK, Billy Crystal seems to be keeping things moving, but pretty much blah. Of course, there’s a whole bunch of movies nominated that nobody watched.

    But here’s the thing: No protests, no winners talking about injustice, no ribbons, nothing about the plights of the homeless, the poor African children, the victims of AIDS. Nothing about war-mongers or innocents being killed by such, nothing about climate change, no Michael Moore, nothing about all the bad things in the world.

    Nothing about the Arab Spring or the way women are treated or the consequences of ignorant politicians or the injustices against indigenous people.

    No mention of people suffering because of joblessness and debt. No mention of the thousands of wounded and dead because of that sorry bastard George W. Bush’s illegal wars.

    All those things have gone away. I wonder why. I guess Hope and Change works for some.

    Especially when they can slink away to an after-party and agree on the wonderfullness of Obama.

    I can only assume that in Hollywood, the world is perfect and it only becomes bad when a Republican is the President.

    I couldn’t do it this weekend, but I think I may go see “Act of Valor” soon.

    Comment by Ag80 (b0b671) — 2/26/2012 @ 8:29 pm

  24. Ag80,

    Billy Crystal did make a bit of a point during his opening monologue,

    “Nothing takes the sting out of these tough economic times like watching a bunch of millionaires giving golden statues to each other.”

    Even that is more than I would expect. Beautiful gowns, though.

    Comment by Dana (4eca6e) — 2/26/2012 @ 9:22 pm

  25. narciso-The pantsuit darling is a coward.

    Comment by sickofrinos (44de53) — 2/26/2012 @ 9:33 pm

  26. This is way off topic, but I just have to post this.

    I’m watching the Academy Awards.

    That was your first mistake.

    I have proudly boycotted this steaming pile of crap for as long as I can remember.

    It’s always on in the background, though. Is right now.

    We saw The Artist over the past week and enjoyed it. Hope that does well.

    Comment by Patterico (feda6b) — 2/26/2012 @ 9:40 pm

  27. The last time I watched the Academy Awards I was 1-L, and it was at a bar on Rush Street with some classmates after trial practice.

    Comment by nk (dec503) — 2/26/2012 @ 9:43 pm

  28. No, trial practice was second year. Moot court? Some kind of practice, anyway.

    Comment by nk (dec503) — 2/26/2012 @ 9:45 pm

  29. Artist won Best picture and best actor.

    Comment by narciso (87e966) — 2/26/2012 @ 9:46 pm

  30. I guess it’s a TIVOed version that’s on in the background.

    Jennifer Lopez is about to be a presenter.

    After perusing David Shuster’s Twitter feed tonight, I admit that I am going to tear myself away from my work to go watch that. I missed the Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction and I’m not about to miss this one!

    Comment by Patterico (feda6b) — 2/26/2012 @ 9:46 pm

  31. 26-watching fakes win statues is a disease.

    Comment by sickofrinos (44de53) — 2/26/2012 @ 9:46 pm

  32. Artist won Best picture and best actor.

    Well, there goes the suspense! I won’t tell the wife.

    She’ll be pleased though.

    Comment by Patterico (feda6b) — 2/26/2012 @ 9:47 pm

  33. I always find it amusing that people insist on calling actresses “actors” but bow to the rubes and call it “Best Actress” for the Oscars.

    No doubt sniggering behind their hands the whole time.

    But then, why should this night be different for them than any other?

    Comment by Patterico (feda6b) — 2/26/2012 @ 9:49 pm

  34. It’s LA, so you’re three hours behind,

    Comment by narciso (87e966) — 2/26/2012 @ 9:51 pm

  35. As wardrobe malfunctions go, that was pretty weak.

    Comment by Patterico (feda6b) — 2/26/2012 @ 9:55 pm

  36. I’m WAY behind because this is TIVOed.

    I think they would normally show it live regardless of the time zone.

    Comment by Patterico (feda6b) — 2/26/2012 @ 9:55 pm

  37. Or maybe you were kidding? Sometimes I have a tin ear for that sort of thing.

    Comment by Patterico (feda6b) — 2/26/2012 @ 9:56 pm

  38. 26-watching fakes win statues is a disease.

    Mrs. P. has it but I am happily immune.

    Comment by Patterico (feda6b) — 2/26/2012 @ 9:57 pm

  39. Those things don’t bother me. I love American English because there is no official version — usage is the rule. In the actor-actress example, I find it easy to analogize to the Negro-Negress of the first half of the 19th century which I’m glad is gone.

    Has anybody seen the Groucho Marx show where, when asked how many people there are in the household she works in, the black maid says “Two children, one adult and one adultress”?

    Comment by nk (dec503) — 2/26/2012 @ 9:57 pm

  40. I’m losing it, tonight. First half of the 20th century.

    Comment by nk (dec503) — 2/26/2012 @ 10:05 pm

  41. I was rooting for Hobo With A Shotgun, but it didn’t make the cut. Who doesn’t like Rutger Hauer in a low budget splatter film?

    Comment by daleyrocks (bf33e9) — 2/26/2012 @ 10:48 pm

  42. 38- my better half has it as well.

    Comment by sickofrinos (44de53) — 2/27/2012 @ 2:23 am

  43. I saw “Act of Valor” yesterday. The good guys won. I am old enough to remember when they always did in the movies, so it was a nice change. I rarely go to movies anymore; they just aren’t worth my money.

    Comment by PatAZ (2c3538) — 2/27/2012 @ 7:35 am

  44. I’ve been to Ben & Jerry’s in VT several times.

    I used to like them, but their shtick now just makes me sick. We’re saving the world by PC advertising a product that only the rich can afford and that is grossly unhealthy!

    Comment by Amphipolis (b120ce) — 2/27/2012 @ 9:30 am

  45. What really sounds like the Onion is Max Bretos getting suspended for 30 days as an ESPN anchor for using the phrase “chink in the armor” in a conversation with Walt Frazier, and some mysterious punishment being meted out to the Knicks’ ESPN radio play-by-play man, Spero Dedes, for a similar offense:

    Comment by Sammy Finkelman (d2951c) — 2/27/2012 @ 10:01 am

  46. And of course, Ben and Jerry long ago sold out to a big food corp, Unilever, in 2000. And boy does it show.

    Comment by luagha (5cbe06) — 2/27/2012 @ 1:44 pm

  47. In Act of Valor news, it’s a movie I should love and go to a few times; except I’m told that they make a Jew the big villain. What the hey?

    Comment by luagha (5cbe06) — 2/27/2012 @ 1:45 pm

  48. One of the bad guys is Jewish, or at least there’s a line saying he’s Jewish. That aspect doesn’t play a role in the plot. There are obviously some bad people in any category of mankind, Jews included. I don’t think that makes the film antisemitic, but Geller is confident that because he is a wealthy antiamerican bad guy, and I think she said “greasy”, that the film is akin to Nazi propaganda. That is unfair.

    The villian is one of these easter european vague things. He looks like a more westernized Osama Bin Laden. It’s a movie about SEALs rather than about our enemies.

    Comment by Dustin (401f3a) — 2/27/2012 @ 1:59 pm

  49. In the novelization, they make it clear he’s Chechen, as is Shabal, it’s unlikely the former would be Jewish, but he’s meant to be more along
    the lines of CArlos Lehder.

    Comment by narciso (87e966) — 2/27/2012 @ 2:09 pm

  50. The villian is one of these easter european vague things.

    Ugh, that sounds so racist. I did not mean to refer to Easter European people as things. I meant to refer to the meme as a thing, but dropped the word meme.

    Comment by Dustin (401f3a) — 2/27/2012 @ 2:11 pm

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