In the wake of the passage of a controversial immigration law in Arizona, there have been calls for a boycott of the state and its businesses. Among those calling for a boycott are Rep. Joe Baca (D-Calif.), lawmakers in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and La Opinion, the nation’s biggest Spanish-language newspaper.
Some of the boycott calls are directed not just at the state but businesses based there, among them Cold Stone Creamery, Circle K and U-Haul. And as the New York Daily News reports, also under fire in some quarters is Arizona Iced Tea. Its label says is brewed by the Arizona Beverage Co.
“Dear Arizona: If you don’t change your immigration policy, I will have to stop drinking your enjoyable brand of iced tea,” one person wrote on Twitter, according to the Daily News; another called Arizona Iced Tea “the drink of fascists.”
There is (at least) one problem with all that, however: Arizona Iced Tea is based in New York. It was founded in 1992 in Brooklyn by former New York City beer distributors; the company says the founders borrowed “the motif from their south-western inspired house in Queens.”
Apparently these clueless wonders know about as much about Arizona Iced Tea as they do the immigration bill itself.
You know what would be kind of funny? For people all across the country to start shipping Arizona Iced Tea items to Baca’s offices in either CA or DC. Like maybe their Sweet Tea Liquid Concentrate 4-Pack ($3.99). Better still, if you’ve got some money to blow, sending one of their “I Love AZ” hats ($19.99) would rock, because not only does it read “I Love AZ” on the front, but there’s also an American flag stitched on the side