Thursday, May 29, 2008

Dunkin Donuts yanks ad due to lack of common sense among the masses

Fox News commentator Michelle Malkin, was 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. 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. 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."

So what's next? A woman wearing a ski mask - on a ski resort - is accused of backing the Arab world's views that women should keep their faces covered at all times? Do people like Michelle Malkin really get paid to do this kind of "work"? How about we stop worrying about the culture of others in far-off lands and start worrying about the lack of culture here at home, due in no small part to the idiots in the media?

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