Neo-cons see red with Keffiyah-gate
So when did Rachel Ray become a terrorist?
From the Associated Press:
Dunkin' Donuts has pulled an online advertisement featuring Rachael Ray after complaints that a fringed black-and-white scarf that the celebrity chef wore in the ad offers symbolic support for Muslim extremism and terrorism.
The coffee and baked goods chain said the ad that began appearing online May 7 was pulled over the past weekend because "the possibility of misperception detracted from its original intention to promote our iced coffee."
What the neo-cons are saying:
Michelle Malkin: The Keffiyah "has come to symbolize murderous Palestinian jihad. 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."
Pamela Geller: Have you seen Rachael Ray wearing the icon of Yasser Arfatbastard and the bloody Islamic jihad. This is part of the cultural jihad. Anyone got the contact numbers of these dhimmis. We have to complain to Dunkin Donuts or contact Rachael Ray. They must be made aware of what that symbol stands for: murdering Jews.
Charles Johnson: I didn’t believe this story when people first started emailing about it; but sure enough, it’s true. Dunkin Donuts, the venerable old fried dough seller, is the latest American firm to casually promote the symbol of Palestinian terrorism and the intifada, the kaffiyeh, via Rachael Ray.
First of all, who the hell actually goes to the Dunkin Donuts website? Unless, am I getting a coupon for a free donut, why bother? Furthermore, while Dunkin Donuts says that she wasn't wearing a keffiyah, even if Rachael Ray was wearing one, who cares? I see people wearing them all the time on the street. Is it me, or does anyone else not see the ridiculousness about this controversy. Like I said an previous post, it seems like it is fashionable, no pun intended, to reduce the Muslim/Arab world to narrow perceptions here in America. Thanks to the neo-cons, here is another example of why America is going down.
Univerity of Chicago professor Amahl Bishara said it best:
"I think that a right-wing blogger making an association between a kaffiyeh and terrorism is just an example of how so much of the complexity of Arab culture has been reduced to a very narrow vision of the Arab world on the part of some people in the U.S.," Bishara said in a phone interview. "Kaffiyehs are worn every day on the street by Palestinians and other people in the Middle East — by people going to work, going to school, taking care of their families, and just trying to keep warm."
While some extremists and terrorists may wear kaffiyehs, "To reduce their meaning to support for terrorism has a tacit racist tone to it," Bishara said.
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