Ice cream maker Ben and Jerry's turns fire on UK migration rhetoric

Clay Curtis
August 13, 2020

And now, everyone wants to know about the history of the well-loved brand - who actually owns Ben and Jerry's?

Philp, speaking in Paris, said the "sheer numbers" crossing the Channel were "completely unacceptable" to both the French and United Kingdom governments.

Global ice cream company Ben & Jerry's has opened a Twitter debate with the British government over its treatment of migrants.

On Tuesday, the official Ben and Jerry's Uk Twitter account posted numerous tweets tagging the dwelling secretary, which began: "Hey @PritiPatel, we assume the actual crisis is our deficiency of humanity for individuals fleeing war, climate change and torture".

In a series of tweets, the firm urged her and some others to present more "humanity", incorporating that "folks are unable to be illegal".

It additional: "People would not make hazardous journeys if they experienced any other alternative".

Immigration activists have said that many migrants have legitimate reasons to go to the country and the government should offer legal routes to get there safely.

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Meanwhile, Foreign Office minister James Cleverly tweeted: "Can I have a large scoop of statistically inaccurate virtue signalling with my grossly overpriced ice cream, please?"

That's right, the ice cream brand has used its political voice to portray their opinion on a very big issue, the migrant crisis.

The Home Office also pushed back against Ben & Jerry's, with a source quoted by the BBC as saying: "Priti is working day and night to bring an end to these small boat crossings, which are facilitated by worldwide criminal gangs and are rightly of serious concern to the British people. Perhaps if it paid the taxes (the United Kingdom tax authority) thinks you should pay we could afford to accommodate many more asylum seekers", Neil tweeted.

"If that means upsetting the social media team for a brand of overpriced junk food, then so be it", the staffer told the BBC.

Founded in Burlington, Vermont in 1978 by ex-hippies Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, Ben & Jerry's has long championed liberal causes.

Ben and Jerry's is now owned by Unilever, a British-Dutch multinational consumer goods company, headquartered in London and Rotterdam. It recently ran high-profile campaigns in support of Black Lives Matter, winning plaudits for an unequivocal statement saying "the murder of George Floyd was the result of inhumane police brutality that is perpetuated by a culture of white supremacy" and the release of prisoners to reduce their exposure to the coronavirus.

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