The far-out space-nut bloggers win again! Rachel Ray Dunkin’ Donuts advert pulled after bloggers complain:
The US chain Dunkin’ Donuts has pulled an advert following complaints that the scarf worn by a celebrity chef offered symbolic support for Islamic extremism. The online advert for iced coffee featured the well-known US television chef Rachael Ray. She was wearing a black-and-white checked scarf around her neck that resembled a traditional Arab keffiyeh. This fashion choice incensed at least one prominent conservative blogger, who said it evoked extremist videos. The blogger called the garment “a regular adornment of Muslim terrorists appearing in beheading and hostage-taking videos”.
Left-wing bloggers responded with complete scorn, deliberate mischaracterizations of the debate, and then outrage when Dunkin’ Donuts commendably showed sensitivity to the concerns and pulled the ad.
What crap, I say. Now, this past winter, early spring, living in Warsaw, Poland as I do, just about every teenager I saw walking around wore this same scarf. I noted this to my wife, saying that the kids in Warsaw are dressing like Yasir Arrafat. She saw this, too, but said that this is the style nowadays. They don’t know who Arafat was, she said. I agree. Let the kids wear the “terror scarves.” Aparently our European betters are not afraid of the terror scarf.
DAVID’S UPDATE: Instapunk takes exception to Josh’s post here.