Adding to the list of Jeremy Lin gaffes is a Boston Ben & Jerry’s shop, which created a special “Taste the Lin-Sanity” flavor that included lychee honey swirls and… wait for it… fortune cookie pieces. Groan.
Note the past tenses in that first sentence. News of this misguided flavor combination came out on Friday (we tweeted about it) and since then, the shop has issued an apology and replaced the offending cookie with waffle cone.
The flavor was introduced after the Asian American Journalists Association very clearly laid out a list of references that are considered unacceptable and offensive. Number four on the list: “FOOD: Is there a compelling reason to draw a connection between Lin and fortune cookies, takeout boxes or similar imagery? In the majority of news coverage, the answer will be no.”
Perhaps the folks at this Ben & Jerry’s shop were high on “Magic Brownies” when they came up with this flavor. Or maybe they thought the rules for journalism didn’t apply to ice cream makers. Alas, they were wrong.