Through The Static

May 29, 2008

Dunkin’ Donuts pulls Rachael Ray ad after complaints

Filed under: Culture,Food,Idiots,Politics,Race,WTF — Tranimal @ 12:45 pm

This is the dumbest thing ever.


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.”

“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.



  1. in general, I think seeing White people (esp hipsters) wearing kaffiyahs just friggin annoy me — and whoever styled this shoot is four seasons behind and is just, overall, trying too hard to make Ray-Ray look “hip”.

    so yeah, for the above reasons, the ad should be pulled. ::rolls eyes::

    but the reasons as to WHY the ad was actually pulled does, in fact, earn this newsbit a WTF. What — no debates over White culture vultures or cooptation?

    WTF, peoples??! WTF?!

    Comment by Aliiiiiiice — May 29, 2008 @ 2:37 pm | Reply

  2. WTF is right. that’s xenophobia on turbo boost…

    Comment by disciplepete — May 29, 2008 @ 3:27 pm | Reply

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