Dippin’ Dots Look to Bury the Hatchet With Press Secretary Sean Spicer
Just when you thought American politics couldn’t get any stranger, Dippin’ Dots ice cream has entered the fray.
The Trump administration had a somewhat rocky road since Donald J. Trump was officially inaugurated last Friday. Press Secretary Sean Spicer in particular has found himself the target of scorn after he presided over a bizarre press conference where he made questionable claims about the size of the crowd at the inauguration (later termed “alternative facts” by the administration) that led to criticism from the press and jokes all over social media.
While Twitter users were scouring Spicer’s timeline for meme-material, they stumbled upon an odd and one-sided feud he had with ice cream company Dippin’ Dots. The press secretary first took the company, which specialized in hard ice cream pellets, to task in 2011 by ripping their slogan.
I think I have said this before but Dippin Dots are notthe ice cream of the future
— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) September 22, 2011
He also went after them again in 2015 due to an incident at a baseball game in Washington.
If Dippin Dots was truly the ice cream of the future they would not have run out of vanilla cc @Nationals
— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) September 7, 2015
With the renewed focus on the Tweets, Dippin’ Dots released an “open letter” to Spicer on their website. Signed from the company’s CEO Scott Fischer, the letter reads:
We understand that ice cream is a serious matter. And running out of your favorite flavor can feel like a national emergency! We’ve seen your tweets and would like to be friends rather than foes. After all, we believe in connecting the dots.
As you may or may not know, Dippin’ Dots are made in Kentucky by hundreds of hard working Americans in the heartland of our great country. As a company, we’re doing great. We’ve enjoyed double-digit growth in sales for the past three years. That means we’re creating jobs and opportunities. We hear that’s on your agenda too.
We can even afford to treat the White House and press corps to an ice cream social. What do you say? We’ll make sure there’s plenty of all your favorite flavors.
Scott, CEO of Dippin’ Dots
Dippin’ Dots spokeswoman Billie Stuber spoke about why the company responded in a statement. She said in part, “it’s certainly easy to get pulled into the wrong conversation, inadvertently.”
She continued that the company wished “to remain transparent and authentic with our message” in response to the attention. She finished “The fact is, we’re ice cream. We’re all about fun and fun experiences, and our response in this situation or any other should remain true to who we are.”
On Twitter, Spicer responded to Dippin’ Dots by suggesting, “we do something great for the those who have served out nation and first responders.”
Here’s how Dippin’ Dots answered him back:
— Dippin' Dots (@DippinDots) January 24, 2017