Wed 19 Mar, 2003 03:47 pm
What do you think? Would YOU buy an ice cream called "lust"? Is this a really important matter for the church to focus on, or a "tempest in a teapot"?
I'll Have Two Scoops of Lust, Please
Wed Mar 19, 8:24 AM ET
BERLIN (Reuters) - Catholic church leaders in Germany have responded icily to a range of ice creams named after the seven deadly sins, accusing the makers of trifling with serious matters and courting controversy to boost sales.
"These sins are serious matters. We cannot support something which advocates turning away from God," said Manfred Nielen, spokesman for the archbishopric of Hamburg.
Manfred Becker-Huberti from the archbishopric of Cologne agreed: "All they are trying to do is popularize something via provocation," he said.
But Ute Sievert, spokeswoman for ice cream makers Langnese, a brand of Anglo-Dutch group Unilever, said the seven flavors of envy, gluttony, greed, lust, pride, sloth and wrath did not endorse mortal sins.
"Our ice cream has nothing to do with religion. They're just seven great flavors of ice cream," she said.
Crikey! They've a sense of humor over there after all.
Ah fer cryin' out loud - those are lame! What's the big deal? It could have been a LOT worse. Think of the names that slappy coulda come up with !!!
Think of what Calvin Klein could have done to sell blue jeans.
I'd buy an ice cream called "lust", but "gluttony" may give me pause...
This reminds me of Stendhal quoting, with admiration, an Italian woman. She said, while tasting some ice cream:
"It is so delicious, it should be a sin".
Envy has to be green, don't you think? Some sort of green chocolate mint?
Lust? Red hots with Neopolitan...vanilla, chocolate and strawberry?
Gluttony? Heavy cream ice cream with plenty of everything?
Greed? Nuts and berries and candies and chocolates and fruits.
Pride? Lots of nuts in a pistaschio and caramel fudge?
I wonder if we could find out what the flavors REALLY were?
I can top that, sadly.
The conservative alternative to Ben and Jerry's has just arrived.
Definitely Nutty Environmentalist for me... I still would like to know what wrath tastes like... is that ashes in the mouth? No, I think that's disappointment. Hmmmmm.
Phoenix, Yes, I think the church is focusing on something very unimportant. Yes, a tempest in a teapot. I'm wondering about sloth. Does it take a long time to melt? And I, too, would like to know what wrath tastes like. Maybe grapes--as in Grapes of ...
I'll take one of each please ;-)
Roberta- The thing that really breaks me up is the way the church was slippin' and slidin' about pastoral pedophilia, and now they are concerned about ICE CREAM FLAVORS? I think that this is a "do as I say, not as I do" situation. Looks like the church is rife with double standards- one for the laity, and another for the clergy.
I will say more, after I finish my pint of lust. Mmmm!
Roberta... ah yes, Grapes! You are so clever!!!!
Phoenix -- Isn't that ironic? Though I can see how ice cream of any sort during Lent would have bees buzzing under those bishophric miters.
I just can't imagine going into the ice cream parlor and saying, "I'd like a small serving of Gluttony please."
Gluttony is not offered in "small".
That's why I'd order the lust ;-)
A double scoop of sloth with some lust on the side...