It’s just a scarf, for crying out loud

June 2, 2008

by Kristen Miller

Who knew, Rachel Ray and Dunkin’ Donuts supports terrorism? Does this sound a little absurd to you?

It did to me too. Apparently the scarf which the chef was wearing in an ad promoting the coffee chains iced coffee drinks resembled traditional dress of Muslim extremists and terrorists.

Wow, I can’t believe the 1950 Massachusetts-based company would support terrorism or Rachel Ray for that matter (note my hint of sarcasm).

The ad was recently pulled because on line complaints from critics like conservative commentator Michelle Malkin from Fox News.

Malkin said in her syndicated column that the scarf resembled a kaffiyeh which supposedly was “popularized by Yasser Arafat and a regular adornment of Muslim terrorists appearing in beheading and hostage-taking videos,” according to a report from MSNBC.com.

Also noted was that kaffiyeh’s are black and white checkered, this scarf is paisley, as the company explained and also can be clearly seen in the ad.

Also, after some investigating, I found images of a kaffiyeh in which Ray’s scarf looks nothing like them.

I also became aware that such head scarfs are worn across the Middle East.

Isn’t it amazing how one person’s opinion, or rather, paranoia, can fuel such discussion that would cause a corporation to retract its advertising?

The fringed scarf (in any color and pattern) is clearly a new fashion statement in which I haven’t quite jumped on the trendy band wagon yet.

I just don’t quite get wearing a scarf in the middle of spring, but there are worse fashion faux pas out there.

Sorry, back to the subject of Dunkin’ Donuts and Rachel Ray supporting Muslim terrorists.

On an MSNBC blog regarding the subject, one blogger wrote, “What is next? We need a terrorist fashion guide to keep us all safe. Then we need to know what words not to say, hand gestures never to make, body language never to use, and who knows what else to go along with it so that we are all way beyond politically correctness.”

I have to agree with this particular opinion. When does being careful, become paranoid? I hope Malkin feels bad for making such a to do out of nothing.

Lighten up people. It’s just a scarf for crying out loud!