In the advert television chef Rachael Ray is wearing a scarf that is said to look like a traditional Arab keffiyeh.
Michelle Malkin, an ultra-conservative blogger, author, and previous guest host of The O'Reilly Factor, said the scarf is "a regular adornment of Muslim terrorists appearing in beheading and hostage-taking videos."
This is not new ground for Malkin. In 2006 she went after Ricky Martin and Howard Dean for wearing terrorist keffiyeys.
You may remember that Malkin wrote a book in 2004 that defended the internment of Japanese in WWII, and racial profiling in Bush's so called 'war on terror'.
If you don't, you did not miss much.
In late September 2007 Geraldo Rivera told the Boston Globe that:
"Michelle Malkin is the most vile, hateful commentator I've ever met in my life ... She actually believes that neighbors should start snitching out neighbors, and we should be deporting people. It’s good she’s in D.C. and I’m in NY. I’d spit on her if I saw her."Geraldo apologized for his comment.
I understand the disgust that Geraldo feels for Milkin. She is indeed "vile" in her beliefs about immigrants (her parents are Filipino immigrants) and migrant workers in the US, in particular.
But as ridiculous as her comment about Rachel Ray's scarf may appear to folks living outside the US, it has found support in the land of the "free and the brave".
Dunkin' Donuts said the scarf was:
"(S)elected by Rachael Ray's stylist and that no symbolism was intended. But given the possibility of misperception the commercial was no longer being used."Americans can now go back to eating, freely and bravely, as many Dunkin' Donuts as they want without having to worry about Rachel Ray and her terrorist scarf.
Milkin is pleased with the responsible action Dunkin' Donuts took.
She wrote that:
"Fashion statements may seem insignificant, but when they lead to the mainstreaming of violence - unintentionally or not - they matter."What vigilant genius hey? (Did you know there is a website called "Michelle Malkin is an Idiot"?)
I guess Michelle Malkin stood up for the empire and its love for donuts. She also put all us keffiyeh wearing terrorists in our place.
Damn, and I like a glazed one every now and then too. But not from Dunkin' Donuts.
My favourite donut place in the US is called Sesame Donuts. It is located on SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway in Portland (Oregon) and it is owned and run by a couple of really cool Arab brothers.
If you stop by please tell them I said Hi. They will remember me for sure! :0)
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