Thursday, May 29, 2008

pork chops over politics

So I emerged from my painting pit, to some strange news. I guess Rachael Ray was under fire yesterday over a scarf she was wearing in a recent Dunkin' Donuts ad.

Conservative pundit Michelle Malkin claimed the scarf resembles a keffiyeh, and symbolizes support for Muslim extremism and terrorism. Stranger still: She seemed to imply that unless you are 'clueless', you would have known better than to wear 'distinctive hate couture'.

I'll be honest. I don't know if keffiyehs are bold political statements. I don't know if they are offensive. I don't know much about them at all, sweeping me into the clueless department.

But I know a little about Ms. Ray: She may be loud. She may have saturated the airwaves with too much Yum-o. She may have found a way to foist canned tomatoes on planet Earth, sneaking them in 93.78397% of her recipes.

But covert terrorist supporter? Big political player? Pah-leese.

I'm filing this one under 'I have bigger fish to fry, frankly' category.

(I did google the snot out of the subject. I found pictures of 'conservatives' and 'liberals' alike in similar garb. Does anybody have anything credible to add? I'm curious.)


Jennifer H said...

My response is like yours... Oh, come onnn. Seriously, this is what we should be worried about? I can't imagine any rational person watching that add and going, "Ooh, she's a terrorist supporter."

The right wing blogger (Michelle Malkin) who started it all should be ashamed of herself.

flutter said...

slow news day.

Minnesota Matron said...

Oh My God. Nothing credible to add because this is, simply, incredulous. Talk about the mountain out of the molehill.

Mrs. G. said...

My Dunkin D. days are over. I can't believe they pulled the ad. MM is a troll.

Professor J said...

I rather like Rachel Ray (I know, I know. Perhaps I like her because I put canned tomatoes in 95% of my recipes already).

As for the "issue." Please. Just please.

stephanie (bad mom) said...

I have a watch with Chairman Mao on it. It doesn't make me a Communist (especially since I bought it from a market in Shanghai, right?); it makes me laugh. I won't wear it around the oppressed masses, or in front of Michelle Malkin I suppose.

Kimberly said...

Has anyone thought to inquire about Dunkin' Donut's part in all this? Hmm...


JCK said...

Oh for God's sake!! These types of comments send me over the edge. I lived in Beirut, Lebanon for 4 years and a kiffeyeh, does NOT imply terrorism. PLEEEASSSE... These are the kinds of comments that make Americans look SO stupid and ignorant.

brandy101 said...

I agree - what a dumb complaint.

I am guessing the stylist who tossed it on RR before the pic is probably in trouble, even though it is a paisley-pint scarf, not a kiffeyeh.

I'm also guessing it was added b'c she is wearing a v-neck and they were trying to hide any cleavage for a more "modest/sweet" look!

Cara said...

A. I totally agree with you!
B. Why is this news?
C. There are more important things people can focus on.

Cheri said...

Yum-O: Yuppies United Muslim Organization.

Seriously? Michelle Malkin. Take up yoga. Or does the mere suggestion of yoga make you suspect that I'm subversively Hindu?

You filed this in the right folder, Mama Milton.