Wednesday, May 28, 2008


In the comments to an earlier post, DonBoy pointed me to this:

Dunkin' Donuts yanks Rachael Ray ad

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.

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....


Now, you elitist cosmopolitan liberal cynics will laugh -- but remember what happened the last time we ignored a warning like this about a "celebrity" wearing a keffiyeh (otherwise known as "the scarf of death").

Back in 2005, Mark Finkelstein of NewsBusters cautioned that Matt Lauer of the Today show appeared to be "wearing a Palestinian support scarf" on one broadcast.

That warning was ignored.

Since then -- as we all know -- Lauer has masterminded more than 75 hijackings, IED detonations, and suicide attacks in America. He is believed responsible for the deaths of nearly 600 innocent civilians.

All because liberals sneered.

Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. Thank God great patriots like Michelle Makin are willing to do their part to save us from further atrocities.

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