Walmart pulls Fried Chicken & Watermelon ‘Juneteenth’ ice cream after backlash

LOS ANGELES—Walmart has apologized for the Juneteenth items that its selling at its stores, specifically the Watermelon & Fried Chicken ice cream that is under the retailer’s Great Value brand. The big box retailer sent a statement to Genesius Times apologizing for the items.

“Juneteenth holiday is a great holiday for black folk and lots of black folk shop at Walmart,” the company statement to GT read. “However, we received feedback that a few items caused concern for some of our customers—specifically the Watermelon and Fried Chicken Ice Cream.”

Many people were outraged at the commercialization of the sacred holiday.

“I mean I appreciate they trying to cater to us brothers and sisters but damn. Just because we like watermelon and fried chicken don’t mean we like them together in a damn ice cream!” Twitter user Jama’al Jenkins said.

The Juneteenth ice cream was to be sold alongside its Pride Month flavor, which included triple fudge topped with HIV.

Originally published May 224, 2022.


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