Two-year-old Portland, Oregon, shop What's the Scoop? received a series of threatening phone calls and messages, apparently from anti-abortion activists, after it announced proceeds from its limited-edition "Rose City Revolution" would go toward Planned Parenthood. The business regularly donates to various charities and nonprofit organizations, but last week its proprietor found that its Planned Parenthood flavor — honey-vanilla with rose petals — had prompted an atypical glut of complaint calls, as well as an outpouring of shock, hate, and bad puns on Twitter.
Here's a sample:
Ice Cream Shop Creates Planned Parenthood Flavor for Abortion Giant’s Political Group http://t.co/2Y7XgR9FsR— LifeNews.com (@LifeNewsHQ) July 18, 2014
So there's now a Planned Parenthood flavor of ice cream, so the amount that I can't even is probably at a record breaking high— Common Catholic Girl (@comcatholicgrl) July 21, 2014
These messages, unfortunately, are among the most benign. One commenter posted to Facebook, "So, for the flavor supporting planned parenthood lets try, Baby blood espresso, crushed baby skull with fetus fingers, or we sold our soul to Satan." Other users suggested "Blood & Scream" and other horrible things.
Owner Jodie Ostrovsky tells Eater she and her staff are "still wrapping our minds around the reactions" as the calls and messages keep coming in, while noting What's the Scoop? has also been the recipient of support from the public since the first calls started. "Planned Parenthood is an amazing organization that does so much to help women have access to affordable healthcare," she tells the site. "The fact that some people only focus on what is such an infinitesimal part of the service they provide is confusing to me."
Ostrovsky notes this was the shop's second fund-raiser for the nonprofit, the first of which received no backlash.