On its German facebook site, ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s has taken a stance against the Russian law against gay “propaganda”. Moscow is threatening every person that discusses gay issues in public with fines or, in case of foreigners, with arrest and deportation.
The Vermont-based company which has been owned by the multinational Unilever corporation since 2006 published a picture with a cow that holds a protest sign with a distorted image of president Vladimir Putin. A byline reads: “Mr Putin, tear down this law”.
This phrase had been used at several german LGBT prides over the summer, reflecting the famous slogan by Ronald Reagan, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”
Anti-Putin protest at Berlin Pride 2013
It’s not the first time Ben & Jerry’s has supported gay rights. In 2009, it renamed the ice cream flavour Chubby Hubby to Hubby Hubby commemorating the first gay marriages in Vermont. Walt Freese, chief executive of Ben & Jerry’s, said at that time that the company has supported equal rights “from the very beginning of our 30 year history.”
- Ben & Jerry’s gegen “Propaganda”-Gesetz (23.8.2013)