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Another Reason I’m Glad I Drink Starbucks

by @ 7:06 am on May 28, 2008. Filed under Dumbasses

Dunkin’ Donuts caves in to an incredibly stupid protest:

Does Dunkin’ Donuts really think its customers could mistake Rachael Ray for a terrorist sympathizer? The Canton-based company has abruptly canceled an ad in which the domestic diva wears a scarf that looks like a keffiyeh, a traditional headdress worn by Arab men.
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Some observers, including ultra-conservative Fox News commentator Michelle Malkin, were so incensed by the ad that there was even talk of a Dunkin’ Donuts boycott.

‘‘The keffiyeh, for the clueless, is the traditional scarf of Arab men that has come to symbolize murderous Palestinian jihad,’’ Malkin yowls in her syndicated column.

‘‘Popularized by Yasser Arafat and a regular adornment of Muslim terrorists appearing in beheading and hostage-taking videos, the apparel has been mainstreamed by both ignorant and not-so-ignorant fashion designers, celebrities, and left-wing icons.’’

The company at first pooh-poohed the complaints, claiming the black-and-white wrap was not a keffiyeh. But the right-wing drumbeat on the blogosphere continued and by yesterday, Dunkin’ Donuts decided it’d be easier just to yank the ad.

Said the suits in a statement: ‘‘In a recent online ad, Rachael Ray is wearing a black-and-white silk scarf with a paisley design. It was selected by her stylist for the advertising shoot. Absolutely no symbolism was intended. However, given the possibility of misperception, we are no longer using the commercial.’’

Well, at least that means Michelle Malkin can go back to drinking her lattes. Maybe now she’ll calm down a bit.

Update: James Joyner has an excellent point here:

[J]ust to be safe, we should assume that every white chick wearing a scarf is a terrorist or terrorist sympathizer. Ray’s lucky her ad’s just been canceled and she hasn’t been hauled off to Gitmo for questioning.

Personally, I think that Ray should be hauled off to Gitmo just for saying Yum-o once too often and referring to Extra Virgin Olive Oil as EVOO.

2 Responses to “Another Reason I’m Glad I Drink Starbucks”

  1. Rachael Ray, Donut Terrorist…

    Dunkin’ Donuts has pulled an ad spot featuring Rachael Ray wearing a scarf around her neck because some thought it was a subtle nod of support to Palestinians.

    Does Dunkin’ Donuts really think its customers could mistake Rachael Ray for a ter…

  2. IanY77 says:

    Well, at least that means Michelle Malkin can go back to drinking her lattes. Maybe now she’ll calm down a bit.

    Yeah, that’s what she needs, large doses of caffeine.

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