The Unintentionally Racist Ice Cream Cone

On September 28, 2011, CNN reported that a Florida ice cream shop had to scrap its ice cream cone mascot because passers-by thought it looked like a man dressed in a Ku Klux Klan outfit.

If you are wondering what the costume looked like, we actually sell it as in, we sold it to this ice cream store. Hilarious, yes, and we’re quite proud that one of our Halloween costumes can attract so much attention, even if it is accidental. (We’re thinking of renaming it the Unintentionally Racist Ice Cream Cone.) Anyway, here’s the picture that we showcase:

racist ice cream costume

Her smile seeps racism.

Nothing wrong there, right? The costume features an oversized vanilla ice cream cone with sprinkles on top absolutely nothing racist. Unless, of course, you were standing in the sun all day and the cone began to sag, causing it to look more like the iconic image of a hooded Ku Klux Klan member.

The Florida store first noticed an issue when they saw a drop in business. But no matter how hard they searched, they could not find the problem. Eventually, customers called the store and yelled at them to take the mascot off the streets.

We were just trying to get people to come in, said Jasmine Gonzalez, store employee. We thought it was something fun for people, but eventually people took it the wrong way.

If you want a costume that is both appropriate for children and inappropriate for being accidentally racist, give this ice cream costume a swing.

6 thoughts on “The Unintentionally Racist Ice Cream Cone

  1. Natasha

    First I would like to say I do not see why anyone would or could think that. People just have too much time on there hands and everyone is looking to jump on people or sue people. If people had a issue then they should have talked to the manager not stop going. Unless this place has problems before cause like any story there is always two sides. I am going to keep the opinion that I don’t see nothing wrong with this costume.

  2. tina

    Really people? You couldn’t put 2 and 2 together when seeing an ice cream shop and then seeing an ice cream cone dressed guy and figure out it wasn’t a KKK memeber? Use your brains people and quit being so quick to make everything racist, which this ice cream cone shop clearly is not! Or the costume for that matter, you can clearly see it has a brown cone at the bottom! Sheesh!

  3. Rocco

    The more I stared at the ice cream cone costume the more I found hidden messages that when played backwards said, “Happy Halloween”. I believe this costume is attempt by the International Secret Socciety of Ice Cream loving witches who want to make us all fat.

  4. christine

    Come on people if you think this looks like an KKK costume something is wrong with you…….whats next make them stop serving white ice cream because that is racist.for everyone’s information the KKK does not march with one man and you couls see the man’s face in the costume the KKK does not show their face.

  5. Ol' Nick

    Well, in all fairness – this DID happen in Florida where your odds of seeing a Klansman are a lot higher than most places (Alabama, Mississippi, and Arizona are notable exceptions).

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