Girl Scouts
WASHINGTON, DC JANUARY 13, 2017-The new Smores Girl Scout cookies from the Girl Scouts two bakeries: ABCs version is on the left, and Little Brownie Bakers cookie is on the right. (Maura Judkis/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Toss Your Cookies: Girl Scouts Tweet and Delete Support For Amy Coney Barrett, And Zack Braff Tells Those Girls Where to Go!

The Girl Scouts are supposed to stand for something. The innocence of childhood. Being resourceful. Female empowerment. OK, and cookies. We mostly know them from the cookies. The annual binge-fest that happens in the winter when those colorful boxes appear in droves on street corners or (if we’re lucky) delivered to our doorsteps, is something we look forward to every year.

But now the Girl Scouts are in a heap of controversy thanks to a (now-deleted) tweet regarding newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett.

“Congratulations Amy Coney Barrett on becoming the 5th woman appointed to the Supreme Court since its inception in 1789,” read the tweet, which was posted last week along with a photo of Barrett.

Those words drew instant ire from opponents of the conservative judge, who is accused of wanting to limit women’s rights.

“Girl Scouts, this tweet is really disappointing and won’t age well when access to safe abortion and the healthcare needs of millions of women and girls is gutted in this country because of Barrett’s addition to the court,” actress Amber Tamblyn responded.

She wasn’t the only celebrity to respond. Scrubs actor Zach Braff threw in his two cents with this tweet:

“*Googles “How do you make your own thin mints,”” the clever quip read.

Of course, the Girl Scouts realized their error and posted a PR-polished statement:

“Earlier today, we shared a post highlighting the five women who have been appointed to the Supreme Court. It was quickly viewed as a political and partisan statement which was not our intent and we have removed the post…. Girl Scouts of the USA is a nonpolitical, nonpartisan organization. We are neither red nor blue, but Girl Scout GREEN. We are here to lift up girls and women.”

Which, in turn, drew backlash from Karens on the alt-right side of the fence. Oh, and Megyn Kelly.

Alas, you can’t please everybody. Not even with Girl Scout cookies. We’ll just have to agree to disagree. (Samoas FTW.)

Cover Photo: The Washington Post (Getty Images)

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