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Sweet Jesus Ice Cream Chain Faces Christian Boycott Over 'Blasphemous' Branding

Sweet Jesus Ice Cream Chain Faces Christian Boycott Over 'Blasphemous' Branding
Updated 2 months ago

A Toronto-based ice cream company, Sweet Jesus, has some Christians up in arms over its name. There is a call for boycotting the company, which has locations in Canada and recently opened stores in Baltimore and the Mall of America.

A conservative advocacy group, CitizenGO, is calling the ice cream company “offensive and revolting,” while also accusing Sweet Jesus of hate speech toward Christians. 

CitizenGO is circulating a petition that calls for a public apology:

Choosing the name of our Lord for a brand of soft-serve ice cream is totally offensive and revolting. Even if this were some innocent faux-pas, it would still be unacceptable! However, this is anything but a mere mistake. Both in their promotional materials and menu selection, it is plain to see that Richmond and Todai have every intention of mocking Christ and Christianity. If anything could qualify as “hate speech”, this is it! 

It wasn't just the name that drew criticism. The company is also under fire for its advertising:

Someone claimed a young girl in one ad was meant to represent JonBenét Ramsey, who was murdered in 1996:

So much to digest here...

Some folks were upset that Americans were boycotting a Canadian company:

Some people couldn't get past the questionable JonBenét connection:

And there were plenty of Trump parallels:

One thing everyone could agree on: Sweet Jesus is getting some sweet, sweet publicity!