Ice-Cream Shop Owner Forced to Clarify That Mascot Is Not a KKK Member

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via Ocala.com
The amazing news page at the Ocala Star-Banner this morning.
The good citizens of Ocala have been mighty concerned lately about the man in the pointy-headed white hood waving at cars from a downtown street corner. "Is the KKK back in Florida?" they naturally wondered.

But no. Ocala's most questionable street-corner display is simply an anthropomorphic ice-cream cone gone horribly, horribly wrong.

The Ocala Star-Banner took to the Interwebs this morning to clear up this raging misunderstanding: "Once and for all, people, it's an ice cream cone," the paper reported.

Turns out that Liza Diaz, the manager of Ocala's Ice Cream Family Corner and Sandwiches, doesn't have the firmest grasp of the KKK's troubled history in the American South.

"[She] refers to the white supremacist group as the 'Ku Ku Klan' without a hint of irony or sarcasm," the paper reported, while professing confusion at the backlash against the cone-shaped advertising ploy.

Rumors have flown around Facebook and some customers have boycotted the shop because of the ice-cream man, but the Star-Banner says that if you'd just get out of your car and meet the human ice-cream cone face-to-face, you'd find nothing to be afraid of!
Close up, the costume looks nothing like the white-hooded Klan garb that evokes such strong emotions. Its fluffy white top, flecked with colored sprinkles, curls slightly at its peak, and it sits atop a brown waffle cone.
But Diaz has bowed to popular pressure. The ice-cream cone man no longer waves at passersby.

"We're a friendly environment, family-oriented," Diaz tells the paper, pleading for customers to come back to try the new Cuban sandwich. "We're not [racist]. We're very friendly, very religious."

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Karen
Karen

Next time, make the character a vanilla/chocolate swirl or maybe neopolitan so there's no doubt that it's not kkk-related.

Robert
Robert

OMG Political correctness GONE WILD what is wrong with people immediately looking for the slightest reason to make noise. Boycott an ice cream store beacuse their cone man looks like a KKK member? When was the last time anyone saw a KKK member in a white hood standing on a street corner waving at cars???

Howard Camner
Howard Camner

Ice cream cones are rocket scientists compared to the klan

Howard Camner
Howard Camner

What they should do is have a klansman standing out on the street directing people to sheet sales. Then of course use him for medical experiments/

Keith
Keith

Florida is so fucking stupid

El_Bananero
El_Bananero

If he was KKK he wouldn't be showing his face. Some people have too much time on their hands.

Shogun
Shogun

Wow, are people really this ridiculously stupid, even in the tiny thumbnail picture on digg.com the guy is clearly an ice cream cone.

Sterling
Sterling

I wonder if the Klan have filed a copyright lawsuit against the ice cream shop for trademark infringement?

don't fall for it.
don't fall for it.

what a bunch of morons, this is a case of people looking for persecution and a justification to their own hate.

I have come to the conclusion that when someone screams "racist"  they usually just want preferential treatment rather than wanting to be treated equally to everyone else.  

glass slipper
glass slipper

You can add anti-semitism to the special treatment brigade.

Sly
Sly

If it isn't KKK then why isn't it chocolate ice cream? Or  Strawberry? Or  Pistachio?

don't fall for it.
don't fall for it.

I think that the dark skinned Puerto Rican man's face in the middle of the ice cream cone should have tipped off the dopey morons who thought it was the clan.

Ishraqiyun
Ishraqiyun

The guy doesn't even look white...

mike knodl
mike knodl

klan members dont have ice cream cone's for a body

WukSoo
WukSoo

lol, funny how someone always gotta come along and make a big ole "Black Thang" out of it lol.

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Tzedek_Tzedek
Tzedek_Tzedek

I'm confused. Who (other than you, that is) made a "Black Thang" out of this? I don't see any reference to that in the article. 

In any case, as a huge ice cream fan and no friend of the "Ku Ku Klan" (so funny! so appropriate!), I find this hilarious. It's good to see that it's been cleared up. I'm going to go have a few bites of Chubby Hubby now.

Cheers, folks!

robertoj
robertoj

I didn't see where it's a "black thang" The KKK is against Jews, Catholics, immigrants as well as black people. The whole thing is just funny. I don't see where the people complaining were black.

Jim
Jim

Oh please, that's a vanilla waffle cone. Now if the waffle cone is at a cross burning, then there might be something here, otherwise, just a guy that wants to sell ice cream.

guesswho
guesswho

bring back the ICE CREAM MAN!  And fuck all those ignorant assholes  who always have to find something in everything!

Pvt_plt
Pvt_plt

Talk about taking it to the extreme, you can tell amile away that is an Ice Cream Cone and besides the KKK don't smile or wave at people diving by.

Nigthcrawlerx
Nigthcrawlerx

Honestly if you see a guy in an Ice Cream cone costume...trying to direct you to buy Ice Cream, from an Ice Cream shop down the street... there is a very good chance that despite your race or religious views...he just wants you to buy ICE CREAM.

bigriggs
bigriggs

Wow, people have way too much time on their hands.

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