News: Ben & Jerry's Apologizes For Fortune Cookie-Flavored "Lin-Sanity" Frozen Yogurt
Monday, Feb 27, 2012 10:28AM
New York Knicks' overnight sensation Jeremy Lin continues to be the target of stereotypical controversy as famous ice cream company Ben & Jerry's has apologized for making a fortune cookie-flavored frozen yogurt in his honor.
Speaking via a statement, the iconic company apologized for their flavor choice.
"We offer a heartfelt apology if anyone was offended by our handmade Lin-Sanity flavor," Ben & Jerry's said in a statement. "We are proud and honored to have Jeremy Lin hail from one of our fine, local universities and we are huge sports fans. Our intention was to create a flavor to honor Jeremy Lin's accomplishments and his meteoric rise in the NBA, and recognize that he was a local Harvard graduate. We try (to) demonstrate our commitment as a Boston-based, valued-led business and if we failed in this instance we offer our sincere apologies." (ESPN)
Prior to the backlash, Ben & Jerry's Lin-inspired delight included fortune cookie crumbs and frozen vanilla yogurt.
The trendy Vermont creamery, Ben & Jerry's, has waffled on their newest flavor to honor New York Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin following outcries of ethnic insensitivity. The flavor is only available for a limited time at their outlet at Harvard Square in Boston where Lin attended college where it is made by hand. The ice cream contained vanilla frozen yogurt and swirls of lychee honey with a fortune cookie crumbled and stirred into the treat at the last minute to keep them crisp. The fortune cookie has now been replaced with a waffle cone piece. (Examiner)
This comes just days after ESPN terminated a writer for penning a "Chink in the Armor" headline.
"This had nothing to do with me being cute or punny," Anthony Federico told the Daily News. "I'm so sorry that I offended people. I'm so sorry if I offended Jeremy." Battling to contain a furor, the sports network fired Federico and suspended anchor Max Bretos for 30 days because it turned out he had used the same expression on the air last week. ESPN offered profuse mea culpas and promised to be "better in the future." Federico, 28, said he understands why he was axed. "ESPN did what they had to do," he said. He said he has used the phrase "at least 100 times" in headlines over the years and thought nothing of it when he slapped it on the Lin story. (New York Daily News)
Since his explosion onto the court as a Knicks starting point guard, Lin has won over the hearts of rap artists like Maino.
"I feel good about it. We needed that energy, we needed that energy in the city," Maino said in an interview. "Part of inspiring people is you need that energy to make them feel proud, make them feel worth, feel their worth and seeing Lin out there dishing the rock -- they're doing their thing. It's bringing this proudness back to the city. ... The first time I seen him, I was like, 'Who the f*ck is this?' ... The first game I caught was when they played against the Lakers. That's when he cracked on Kobe [Bryant]. That was the first game I caught." (All Hip Hop)
Check out some recent Jeremy Lin footage below: