Irish Cream: An Ingredient or not?

October 11, 2012

So last night on Twitter I noticed some madness about Irish Cream.
It was all over my timeline.
I had no clue what it was all about….(someone actually gave me grief about not knowing what it was about…I don’t live on the internet oh! If I don’t know I will ask…anyway….)
….so I did a little bit of asking around and it turned out it was something one of our rappers had said in some cypher.
The line (as in, in the verse) was apparently something along the lines of him being the missing ingredient, like Irish Cream.
Pardon me but once I heard the story…..
…. I started to wonder about the people on my Timeline.
It made realize that people really will jump on anything and make jokes…..just as long as we have people to join in.
We’re all bored. Nothing to do. (or we’re just plain ol’ ignorant)
How CAN’T Irish Cream be an ingredient?
The stuff is used in desserts and coffee……(and some will argue that this is not what he meant. Give the boy the benefit of the doubt!)
Brownies, cheesecake, regular cake, ice-cream, coffee, pudding, macaroons, candy…..*sigh*
….so in essence he hasn’t said anything stupid. (don’t YOU feel stupid??)
He might be the missing ingredient to an Irish Coffee….like Irish Cream.
I noticed however that most of the jokes and memes were centred around our local food……(no surprise there)
…fufu and abenkwan, banku and okro soup, waakye……
You see what being stuck in myopia has done to you people??
You can’t even think beyond the country in which you live.
Seriously, you lot don’t see how Irish Cream COULD be an ingredient??
I won’t event continue to speak on this one.
If you can’t see how, and maintain that the guy has “slacked” in some way, then so be it.
I have already lost hope.
I was just chatting with my cousin and this conversation came up so I thought…
….”why not let it out the best way you know how Lorraine.”
It’s not so much about the “Irish Cream”,
The delicious drink just made me realize a bunch of things….
It’s Twitter (perhaps, social media) in general…
….and the kind of people it churns.
Then again it may be natural human behaviour.
I’ll bet half the people making jokes figured at some point that “hey! Dude may not be entirely wrong”…
…but because of the fear of not being accepted…..teased….
….or being the butt of the jokes for #TEAMCoolKids….
…they also quickly started to think of some jokes that hopefully will be retweeted.
Key word here being “Hopefully”
Why not just jump on the bandwagon will ya?(My friend Kuukua used the word Robot Sheep a lot…I think it might be appropriate for this piece n’est ce pas?)
I get the impression that a lot of people on Twitter yearn to belong.
It’s awesome if it works for you.
You don’t put food on my table so HEY!
My only issue here is that it’s quite sad to see that people aren’t individuals anymore.
Everyone is mirroring someone…
No one wants to think for themselves.
Everyone just wants to belong.
“We must all think as one. God forbid I think outside of the group! *shudders*”
I see my own friends on there and I realize how quickly they have morphed into something I don’t recognize.
Speech, choice of diction, references…..everything!!!
Meanwhile when you do see/meet these people in reality; they are NOTHING like their Twitter personality.
My cousin said, ‘’Twitter boosts a lotta people’s confidence”
This is true.
Some of you chat so much shit on there…..
……not my kind of shit oh!
Real “you could get into trouble” shit
All in the name of “being cool”
But then, given an opportunity to back that shit up in real life, you will chicken out shamefully.
In real life, #TEAMCoolKids won’t be there to back you up.
No sir!
They will be looking for the next cool thing to post on Twitter….for more retweets.
And I’ll say again, about this “Irish Cream rapper” situation.
I had the chance to have a conversation with someone who was busy making and retweeting jokes…
I asked him if he really didn’t get that the stuff could be labelled as an “ingredient”
I talked…and talked…and talked!
Finally he said he saw my point. I was right.
If you believe something…
..if you stand for something…
…and this isn’t necessarily about the sexy creamy booze…
This goes beyond the stuff!
It’s life in general.
(Because I saw some dirty jokes about the Uniport tragedy also…I shall save that one for another day. …but seriously, shame on you for laughing about that situation. Shame on you.)
It shouldn’t matter what the other cool kids think.
You’ll be a cooler kid for standing out.
For showing them that you won’t agree simply because…
…..that you have an opinion.
That you are capable of thinking a little bit more….
…or beyond the box you have put yourself in.
Who said Peer Pressure doesn’t exist after a certain age??
I’m tired wai.
This is all I have to say.
And if you don’t like it, I keep asking you not to read my blog.
I’m pretty sure the Robot Sheep will be the first to challenge me……
….but I still maintain that….
…Irish Cream could be an ingredient!



  1. Babe, u’ve said ur piece and we’ve heard. But what were u and Sarkodie expecting when he referred to Africa? Do we do Irish tea here? Call us myopic but someone like me will not accept that kind description. “he is d Irish Cream in Africa”. Pls spare us. Why didn’t he just say he’s d salt or even the pepper? He had to travel to Ireland for an adjective because e finish here. Hiss

    My dear, let us be! The guy goofed!! Plain & simple.

    • I totally get what you’re saying….(We do make Irish Coffee here)
      Like I said, my argument is that people refused to give Irish Cream a chance as an ingredient.
      With regards to him using something that would have been more applicable to Africa, unfortunately, I don’t agree. The world is changing. Why must keep talking as though all we are as Africans ia cocoa and sisal (as I said to my friend Amet).
      Africans are savvy now. As the world is changing, thankfully, so are we.
      Perhaps he should have used Amarula then?

  2. Nice Lorraine,
    Let me just ‘stand out’ and say nice piece.
    I see what you’ve done here.
    In as much as I’m up for jokes, as it is with Ghanaians, people carried on a bit too much…sorry….too much with yesterday’s ‘Irish thing’.
    The artiste in question found the fun in it though, after attempting to explain. I say he’s a big man for that.
    His explanation, however, is not the same as what you’ve done here.
    “Okk so just 2 clear things up 4 ma fans I am missing in da meal so I’m on da side now *irish cream*.. N dat is after meal is done!!!”
    He meant it as a sort of ‘drink after meal’.
    That’s kinda different from what you’ve explained, isn’t it?
    Don’t get me wrong. I’m not challenging or anything of the sort.
    I just hope we can have a civil, intellectual discussion about it.

    • Again, like I said, my argument was that the cream liquer wasn’t even given a chance as an ingredient. Besides, if that’s what makes a perfect meal for him, then it could be the missing ingredient, no?
      People just took the line at face value.
      An ingredient can be anything you want it to be. A pair of shoes could be the missing ingredient to my perfect existence. *wink*

  3. I’m actually aghast at the idea that you actually had to write about this. I’m yet to hear the actual context in which Sarkodie used Irish Cream and his subsequent explanation but the sentiment of your article leaves a lot to be said about the power that social media has afforded ignorance and group-think.

  4. So the problem? whether Irish Cream is an ingredient??!! No comment.
    In my opinion, I think Sarkodie was playing on the words “meal” and “ingredient”. To him eventhough a meal may be “perfect” it should include “Irish cream” which could be an ingredient (I just commented oops!) or one of the things or qualities that are necessary to make something, in this case his “meal” which may be breakfast, lunch or dinner, successful, whether as a dessert on the side of or as one of the things which were used to make that dish(food prepared as PART or INGREDIENT of a meal) that is eaten at that meal!! Whew! That was long. Thanks, advanced learners dictionary!
    What is this “African-ess”? So we wouldn’t have had a problem if he had said “call me the asaana?” or “soobolo?” Would it be an ingredient then? I think we understand “ingredient” narrowly!
    Gooo Sarkodirish cream! I love you but charle your response on twitter di333, someway. Next time just let people argue don’t comment, they’ll eventually move on to something else.
    Lorraine, I never did get along with TeamCoolKids. They don’t like me either hahaha.

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