Image Source: Boston Globe


BY SAMANTHA KUBOTA

ANCHOR LAUREN ZIMA


Linsanity is sweeping the nation and many are cashing in … including ice cream company Ben and Jerry’s — with some saying a new flavor is in bad taste. The Vermont-based company is selling a limited-release new flavor at its Harvard Square shop in honor of Harvard grad-turned NBA star, Jeremy Lin.

Buzzfeed reports“The flavor originally featured vanilla frozen yogurt with swirls of lychee honey and fortune cookie pieces. They recently removed the fortune cookies.”

The cookies have been replaced with a less inflammatory waffle cookie. Ryan Midden, Ben & Jerry's general manager for Boston and Cambridge, spoke with the Boston Globe about the flavor — called Taste the Linsanity.

"‘There seemed to be a bit of an initial backlash about it, but we obviously weren't looking to offend anybody and the majority of the feedback about it has been positive,’ he said. Midden said the primary reason for changing the cookie ingredient was because 'a couple of [pints] got returned because the cookies got so soggy.'"

But Gawker isn’t buying that explanation, writing …

“The fortune cookie pieces were removed because they got soggy in the yogurt, and not at all because reducing Jeremy Lin's cultural heritage to lychee and fortune cookies is maybe a little bit racist.”

And Deadspin notes:

“‘Taste The Lin-Sanity’ features lychee, which is a fruit native to Southeast Asia, which is not the part of Asia that Jeremy Lin comes from. (The part of Asia that Jeremy Lin comes from is Northern California.)”

All the Linsanity - and the ESPN headline that made headlines - have prompted the Asian American Journalists Association to write a guideline for covering Jeremy Lin.

Business Insider explains …

“ ... The Asian American Journalists Association specifically said there is no reason to relate Jeremy Lin to such food items as 'fortune cookies, take out boxes, or other similar imagery.”
          
Fun fact, according to chinese-fortune-cookie.com,  fortune cookies aren’t actually from China, they’re pretty exclusive to Chinese-food restaurants in the states.

Lin-spired Ice Cream Changed After Racism Accusations

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Feb 26, 2012

Lin-spired Ice Cream Changed After Racism Accusations

Image Source: Boston Globe


BY SAMANTHA KUBOTA

ANCHOR LAUREN ZIMA


Linsanity is sweeping the nation and many are cashing in … including ice cream company Ben and Jerry’s — with some saying a new flavor is in bad taste. The Vermont-based company is selling a limited-release new flavor at its Harvard Square shop in honor of Harvard grad-turned NBA star, Jeremy Lin.

Buzzfeed reports“The flavor originally featured vanilla frozen yogurt with swirls of lychee honey and fortune cookie pieces. They recently removed the fortune cookies.”

The cookies have been replaced with a less inflammatory waffle cookie. Ryan Midden, Ben & Jerry's general manager for Boston and Cambridge, spoke with the Boston Globe about the flavor — called Taste the Linsanity.

"‘There seemed to be a bit of an initial backlash about it, but we obviously weren't looking to offend anybody and the majority of the feedback about it has been positive,’ he said. Midden said the primary reason for changing the cookie ingredient was because 'a couple of [pints] got returned because the cookies got so soggy.'"

But Gawker isn’t buying that explanation, writing …

“The fortune cookie pieces were removed because they got soggy in the yogurt, and not at all because reducing Jeremy Lin's cultural heritage to lychee and fortune cookies is maybe a little bit racist.”

And Deadspin notes:

“‘Taste The Lin-Sanity’ features lychee, which is a fruit native to Southeast Asia, which is not the part of Asia that Jeremy Lin comes from. (The part of Asia that Jeremy Lin comes from is Northern California.)”

All the Linsanity - and the ESPN headline that made headlines - have prompted the Asian American Journalists Association to write a guideline for covering Jeremy Lin.

Business Insider explains …

“ ... The Asian American Journalists Association specifically said there is no reason to relate Jeremy Lin to such food items as 'fortune cookies, take out boxes, or other similar imagery.”
          
Fun fact, according to chinese-fortune-cookie.com,  fortune cookies aren’t actually from China, they’re pretty exclusive to Chinese-food restaurants in the states.

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