[Dunkin Donuts,] the Canton-based company has abruptly canceled an ad in which [Rachel Ray] the domestic diva wears a scarf that looks like a keffiyeh, a traditional headdress worn by Arab men. 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.But not all keffiyehs are, well, keffiyehs. And those of us who have actually seen them know that they do not have circular designs on white backgrounds, nor are they simply wrapped around the neck. They are either worn on the head or loosely wrapped with the ends draped over the chest and back to display the pattern. Click here for a decent selection of keffiyeh photos.
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.PAISLEY!!! How stupid can this get? Pretty damn stupid. But rather than graciously admit an error and back off of her slanderous accusation, Malkin (or her hubby who ghostwrites half her crap) writes:
"It's refreshing to see an American company show sensitivity to the concerns of Americans opposed to Islamic jihad and its apologists."Jeez, my chef pants look more like a keffiyeh than Ray's scarf, but nevermind the facts. I just hope I'm never behind Ms. Ray at airport security. $10 bucks says Malkin's faulty terrorist-radar has gotten Rachel stuck on the airlines' watch list.