Thursday, May 29, 2008

Dunkin' Donuts Pulls Rachael Ray Ad Over 'Terror' Symbolism

BOSTON — "Dunkin' Donuts has pulled an online advertisement featuring Rachael Ray after complaints that a fringed black-and-white scarf that the celebrity chef wore in the ad offers symbolic support for Muslim extremism and terrorism.

The coffee and baked goods chain said the ad that began appearing online May 7 was pulled over the past weekend because "the possibility of misperception detracted from its original intention to promote our iced coffee."

In the spot, Ray holds an iced coffee while standing in front of trees with pink blossoms.

Critics, including conservative commentator Michelle Malkin, complained that the scarf wrapped around her looked like a kaffiyeh, the traditional Arab headdress. Critics who fueled online complaints about the ad in blogs say such scarves have come to symbolize Muslim extremism and terrorism.

The kaffiyeh, Malkin wrote in a column posted online last Friday, "has come to symbolize murderous Palestinian jihad. 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."

Tempest in a coffee pot or not, anything popularized by Yasser AraRAT should automatically ring the wrong bells.

And to offer that well gee, lots of folks who are not terrorists wear such scarves is akin to saying that since the swastika is over 3000 years old it isn't a big deal to go parading around with that either. I can't help it if the clueless and not-so clueless don symbols of the raving madmen who've killed thousands of Americans, but I CAN be pissed about it.

Do I think that Rachel Ray did this on purpose?

But of course. She's a leftwing celebrity and leftwing celebrities adore these criminals.

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