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People offended by "Schweddy Balls" ice cream need to lighten up

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Posted: Monday, October 3, 2011 9:49 pm

"No one can resist my Schweddy Balls," said Alec Baldwin in a famous Saturday Night Live sketch when he portrayed Pete Schweddy, owner of the holiday bakery Season's Eatings.

It turns out he was wrong. Some people actually can resist Schweddy Balls.

One Million Moms, an offshoot of the American Family Association, began a protest of the new flavor of Ben & Jerry's ice cream, which is named after Pete Schweddy's favorite holiday snack treat.

The group is a collection of moms who aim to "stop the exploitation of our children, especially by the entertainment media," according to its website. "The vulgar new flavor has turned something as innocent as ice cream into something repulsive ... Not exactly what you want a child asking for at the supermarket."

This is a bit of a stretch. I know that the group is trying to protect the children, but from what? A ball joke?

When I was in elementary school, fart and ball jokes were made every single day. They weren't harmful, and my classmates and I definitely didn't grow up to become evil sinners or whatever the group thinks will happen to children if they hear these "vulgar" jokes.

This new protest is ridiculous, but it's not the only one. It seems like everyday there is a new protest of some advertisement, product or TV show because some group of people is offended by it.

Political correctness has gone way too far in this country. People really need to chill out, learn how to take a joke and not get upset over every little thing.

Just because you don't like something or it upsets you doesn't mean that it's wrong for everyone and needs to be banned. There is probably another group of people out there that enjoy it.

"The name is irreverent," said Ben & Jerry's spokesman Sean Greenwood in a statement to One Million Moms. "But we've always been about having some irreverence and having some fun ... We're not trying to offend people. Our fans get the humor."

He's right; the name is humorous, and it's based off of a very funny skit. Humor can sometimes come from topics or situations that some may find offensive, like a fake NPR show where the characters unknowingly make a number of puns about balls.

But it's not like the goal behind the name of the ice cream, or the joke where the name came from was to offend people.

Ben & Jerry's was just trying to have fun and make a reference to a skit that many of its fans would appreciate.

People are always going to make jokes, and some people will probably always end up being offended by those jokes. If that ever happens to you, instead of protesting and trying to ruin the fun for others, why don't you try ignoring it first? If that doesn't work, maybe you should just try to find a sense of humor.

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