Uh, oh, donut overboard! Dunkin’ Donuts is running scared after a conservative pundit accused the company of sympathizing with terrorists after an online ad featuring perky spokesperson Rachael Ray supposedly made a major fashion faux pas.
According to a Boston Globe story, in the spot, Ray Ray was seen wearing a rather snazzy white, black and grey scarf.
Harmless enough, especially if she was a bit chilly, right? Not so, says political commentator and vocal Republican Michelle Malkin. Apparently, this was no mere fashion accessory, but looked suspiciously like a keffiyeh.
"The keffiyeh, for the clueless, is the traditional scarf of Arab men that has come to symbolize murderous Palestinian jihad," Malkin instructs 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."
Initially, the purveyor of all things round with holes in them (that aren’t bagels or tires) insisted that the accessory was not a keffiyeh, merely an apolitical scarf. As the objections and stink grew, however, Dunkin Donuts bowed to the right wing and pulled the ad along with releasing the following 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."
Whether or not the scarf was scarf by any other name, would the donuts or Rachael be any less sweet? We think not. And really, isn’t backing down from freedom of speech and expression just letting the terrorists win?
Was Michelle Malkin right? Should Dunkin’ Donuts have caved to the pressure? Is Rachael Ray hiding something? Who here owns and has worn a scarf similar to the one featured in the ad? Anyone here own a keffiyeh, worn it and NOT been a terrorist or terrorist sympathizer? A show of hands of those who don’t care? Freedom fries anyone?