Republican Sen. James Lankford (Okla.) called on his state to block the sale of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream following an announcement earlier this week that the company would stop selling ice cream in Israeli-occupied Palestinian territory.
“#Benandjerrys has now decided they know more about Jerusalem than the Israelis. If Ben & Jerry’s wants to have a meltdown & boycott Israel, OK is ready to respond. Oklahoma has an anti-boycott of Israel law in place,” Lankford said in a statement on Twitter on Wednesday.
“We should immediately block the sale of all #Benandjerrys in the state and in any state-operated facility to align with our law,” Lankford added.
We should immediately block the sale of all #Benandjerrys in the state and in any state-operated facility to align with our law.
— Sen. James Lankford (@SenatorLankford) July 21, 2021
On Monday, Ben & Jerry’s announced that they would stop selling ice cream in disputed parts of the region, saying in a statement, “We believe it is inconsistent with our values for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream to be sold in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT).”
“We have a longstanding partnership with our licensee, who manufactures Ben & Jerry’s ice cream in Israel and distributes it in the region. We have been working to change this, and so we have informed our licensee that we will not renew the license agreement when it expires at the end of next year,” the ice cream company continued, adding that they would find a way to stay in Israel “through a different arrangement.”
Lankford’s tweet was immediately mocked online by Twitter users, including one who wrote: “Remember when Republicans railed against cancel culture?”
Are you canceling Ben and Jerry’s? That’s so Republican of you.
— Redhead Redemption (@Redheaded_Sarah) July 21, 2021
Remember when Republicans railed against cancel culture?
Pepperidge Farm remembers.
— Rich Swinton 🇺🇸 (@RicoSuaveJD) July 21, 2021
That sure aged well didn't it?
— Eden Lake (@EdenLake) July 21, 2021
Lankford thinks free speech is dangerous. Oklahomans don't need the Lankford thought police telling us how to think, feel, and eat ice cream.
— micah k (@micahk) July 21, 2021