Stupidest News Story This Year…

29 05 2008

I didn’t know what to think when I saw this article.

BOSTON – 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.”

In the spot, Ray holds an iced coffee while standing in front of trees with pink blossoms.

Critics, including conservative commentator Michelle Malkin, complained that the scarf wrapped around her looked like a kaffiyeh, the traditional Arab headdress. Critics who fueled online complaints about the ad in blogs say such scarves have come to symbolize Muslim extremism and terrorism.

I’m a lot more conservatives that most bloggers and even I think this is ridiculous.  If anything, it’s just any ugly scarf.  Why in the hell would anyone think Rachel Ray is a terrorist?  She butchers the English language and annoys the crap out of most of society with her text messaging inspired abbreviations, but to suggest there’s a hidden agenda in this photograph is ridiculous. 

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