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Wait, seriously? Rachel Ray's Dunkin Donuts ad dumped due to a scarf

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his is insane. Extra-sugary coffee company Dunkin' Donuts pulled an ad yesterday because in it spokesperson Rachel Ray is wearing a scarf that looks a little bit like a keffiyeh, the traditional headdress worn by Arab men (it also looks like about a million scarves you can buy in Urban Outfitters right now). Ultra-conservative, and to my mind, in this case, hysterical, talking heads went all berserk and threatened to boycott The Dunk. As Fox News's Michelle Malkin put it, "Popularized by Yasser Arafat and a regular adornment of Muslim terrorists appearing in beheading and hostage-taking videos, this apparel has been mainstreamed by both ignorant and not-so-ignorant fashion designers, celebrities, and left-wing icons."
Basically, these folks were accusing Ray of being a terrorist sympathizer, just because she wore a dumb paisley scarf.

After the kerfuffle, Dunkin Donuts put out this 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."

How stupid is this!!!
 
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