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Dunkin' Donuts Pulls Rachael Ray Ad After Complaints

Dunkin' Donuts has stopped running an online advertisement featuring Rachael Ray due to complaints over a black-and-white scarf she wears in the ad.

That's right, there are complaints that the fringed black-and-white scarf she wears in the ad offers symbolic support for Muslim extremism and terrorism. The chain says it pulled the ad because "the possibility of misperception detracted from its original intention to promote our iced coffee."

This after conservative commentator Michelle Malkin complained that the scarf looked like a kaffiyeh, the traditional Palestinian scarf: "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," said Malkin.

Dunkin' says the scarf was selected by Rachel's stylist for the advertising shoot and "absolutely no symbolism was intended."

Malkin, of course, is nothing short of pleased at the company's response: "It's refreshing to see an American company show sensitivity to the concerns of Americans opposed to Islamic jihad and its apologists."

May 29, 2008 |

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