Ben & Jerry’s needs to lighten up


| lpenner@queenscourier.com |



How ironic that Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream owners, liberal icons of tolerance and choice, would file a restraining order against Caballero — the producers of adult entertainment whose DVD titles parody Ben & Jerry’s flavors. What is the harm of “Boston Cream Thighs,” “Chocolate Fudge Babes” and “Peanut Butter D-Cups” playing off of Ben & Jerry’s Boston Cream Pie, Chocolate Fudge Brownies and Peanut Butter Cup?

The owners of this adult video company pay taxes like the rest of us. They also provide gainful employment to those who produce and star in their productions along with distributors and stores who sell their products. They are part of a multi-billion dollar adult entertainment industry employing tens of thousands and patronized by millions of Americans on a voluntary basis.

How disappointing that corporate owners representing progressive liberals such as Ben & Jerry’s have thrown their lot in with the so-called Moral Majority social police and politically extreme reactionary conservatives who attempt to use government rules and regulations to impose their moral values on others.

For those who don’t like adult videos, don’t buy them! This is the basic nature of free enterprise and how life works in a free society. Consumers are free to make their own individual decisions and choices on a voluntary basis to select which products they desire to patronize and spend their money.

What consenting adults consume, inhale, perform, read or view in the privacy of their own home, private social or adult club along with what restaurant to eat in is not the concern of government. Individual economic and civil liberties prosper best when government stays out of the bedroom, marketplace and your local restaurants.

Ben & Jerry’s should worry more about Mayor Bloomberg and his NYC Health Commissioner who are now our “Health Food Police.” Who knows when they will insist on Ben & Jerry labeling their products to warn that excessive consumption may be unhealthy and contribute to heart disease and diabetes. This is far more serious than an adult video company using a creative play on words. Only an idiot would mistake Caballero’s adult videos for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream products.