Wednesday, April 30, 2003

BOYCOTTS AND SELF-DENIAL: Yesterday was free scoop day at Ben & Jerry's. I went twice. The second time, the man guiding us through the line told the crowd that they were celebrating twenty-five years of business, Earth Day and giving back to the community. While I wasn't there in support of Earth Day, I also wasn't about to jump out of line -- free ice cream is free ice cream, after all. I just don't do boycotts. I might joke about not buying French products, but if I saw something I wanted that came from France, I'd buy it, and the same goes for Ben & Jerry's or Newman's Own. I may hate the causes they give my money to when I buy their products, but I'm not going to deny myself excellent ice cream, salad dressing or spaghetti sauce because of it. I hate that Stonyfield Farm has a "Strong Women's Conference," but that doesn't change the fact that they have the tastiest yogurt. I don't like it that Nestle pushes formula on Third Worlders, but I'll still eat their chocolate. The French will always be French, leftists will always be leftists, which is to say, obnoxious, but their one redeeming quality is the creation of foods full of tasty goodness, and I, for one, will not use that against them.

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