Hopefully, they can make ice cream while wearing handcuffs. Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, the Ben and Jerry in ‘Ben & Jerry’s’ ice cream, were among 300 people arrested during a political protest on April 18 for an unlawful demonstration activity!
Do you think the next Ben & Jerry’s flavor might be called “Peaceful Protest Pecan” or “Jailbird Vanilla-Choco Swirl?” Ben Cohen, 65, and Jerry Greenfield, 65, might have found inspiration for a whole line of brand new products because the ice-cream icons were arrested while protesting in the U.S. capitol!
Ben and Jerry were just two of the 300 people busted during a Democracy Awakening event in Washington D.C. on April 18, according to Ben & Jerry’s official website. The group was on the East Front Rotunda Steps of the U.S. Capitol Building. While the U.S. Constitution guarantees “the right of the people peaceably to assemble,” police arrested the protestors for “crowding, obstructing or incommoding,” which is an unlawful demonstration activity.
Oh no! Before you start chowing down Chunky Monkey, Karamel Sutra and Boom Chocolatta while chanting “Free Ben & Jerry,” the two were not taken to jail. They, along with the rest of the group, were processed and released on the scene. Phew. When you’re protesting or just eating ice cream, crank the tunes after .
“The history of our country is that nothing happens until people start putting their bodies on the line and risk getting arrested,” Ben said on the Ben & Jerry’s website. “We’ve been in Washington, D.C. with Democracy Awakening, a remarkable event that brought together hundreds of groups and thousands of people in an effort to fix our broken democracy.” The group was angry with the “flood of unregulated cash flowing into campaigns and elections.” Huh. The Vermont ice cream makers sound like the Vermont senator, Bernie Sanders, 74. Imagine that.
Maybe Ben & Jerry will send some free ice cream over to Rosario Dawson, 36, since the Death Proof star was also busted for during a political protest! While taking part in the Democracy Spring rally in Washington D.C. on April 15, Rosario was arrested for – surprise, surprise – crowding or obstructing. Maybe the next flavor will be Crowding Chocobstruction? Mmmm. Democracy in action sounds delicious.
Are you shocked that Ben and Jerry got busted, HollywoodLifers?