Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Scarfing down a controversy

I’ve mentioned before that I don’t really like to get political on this blog. That kind of stuff makes people all crazy-like, and plus I don’t want to alienate any of our dear, dear, beloved readers.

But – with apologies to any of you who love Fox News like the kindly uncle you never had – this is idiotic.

Dunkin' Donuts (which, by the way, needs to open some stores in Southern California RIGHT NOW) was running an ad with Rachael Ray, that bubbly cooking or home decorating or whatever show host, and in said ads, she was wearing a scarf. Observe:

Apparently a Fox News commentator named Michelle Malkin wrote an article freaking out about the scarf, saying it looked like a keffiyeh, that head-dress Yasser Arafat used to wear. Malkin wrote (via the Boston Globe): "The keffiyeh, for the clueless, is the traditional scarf of Arab men that 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."

Funny, I don’t really like the scarf either, but mostly just because I think it looks like a tablecloth.

But the real insanity is that Dunkin’ Donuts pulled the ad! Apparently they just didn’t want the headache. Understandable. But at the same time, What?! You’re pulling an ad you most likely dropped at least a few million on - when you consider production and salary costs - over a scarf you can probably buy at Target?!? Which actually looks NOTHING like Arafat’s scarf!!!!

The thing is, I started this post with a caveat about how I don’t like to get political. But really, this shouldn’t even be political. Since when can we not wear paisley and white scarves around our necks in the United States? It’s not like she’s wearing a f#^king Che Guevara shirt! It’s a scarf!!!

OK. Ok. Let’s all just put our heads down and relax. Here, look at this picture of Corgi puppies eating a shoe. Nothing's more soothing than Corgi puppies eating a shoe:


God I wish Dunkin' Donuts would open a store in Southern California.


Red said...

My blood was beginning to boil and then you gave us the corgi puppies and all was well. Thank you.

And yeah, people are so effing ridiculous sometimes.

(I am not actually here. I am somewhere wonderful and fabulous. This comment has been a figment of your imagination.)

Danielle said...

The key words in that story were "FOX NEWS." Enough said.

And I think that the corgi puppy picture should be aired at the end of every news program in the country. Maybe people would think twice about flipping out over a scarf if the last image left in their minds was that one.

BeckEye said...

This is America. Everyone should have the right to wear ugly clothes without fear of retaliation! (Mocking is another thing.)

And I loooove those puppies.

Falwless said...


Dave H said...

That latte has frozen peas and Dinty Moore chili.