At a time of civil unrest in our country, Ben & Jerry’s is not going to keep chill.
In the past, the Vermont-based creamery has thrown its support to marriage equality and Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, but now the dairy dessert maker is weighing in on yet another heated social movement: Black Lives Matter.
On Thursday, Ben & Jerry’s announced its support of the Black Lives Matter Movement on Twitter, along with a statement on systemic racism that encouraged others to engage in the cause.
The statement, signed by Your Friends at Ben & Jerry’s, reads:
“Systemic and institutionalized racism are the defining civil rights and social justice issues of our time. We’ve come to understand that to be silent about the violence and threats to the lives and well-being of Black people is to be complicit in that violence and those threats.”
Twitter was on fire immediately after the political statement was posted, with many on a sugar rush of celebration over the company’s firm stance on the controversial issue.
Of course, the declaration didn’t sit well with everyone, as many
racists from the opposing side had some not-so-sweet responses.
Ch-ch-check out the strongest reactions (below)!
Many celebrated BJ’s statement by coming up with funny flavor suggestions:
Some supporters had a more political flavor, including woke Avenger Mark Ruffalo:
And naturally, those who don’t support BLM had a few gassy responses:
@benandjerrys You guys are fucking idiots who have no idea what you’re talking about. BTW; Your ice cream is overpriced. And BLM = Terrorism
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Now it’s time to boycott Ben & Jerrys for supporting a terrorist organization!
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Deplorable Gambler (@HoserMcToque) October 6, 2016
Are YOU more excited to pick up a pint of Ben & Jerry’s?
[Image via Ben & Jerry’s.]