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  • Greg Cannon
    http://www.boston.com/ae/celebrity/articles/2008/05/27/dunkin_donuts_yanks_rachael_ray_ad/ Dunkin Donuts yanks Rachael Ray ad May 27, 2008 Does Dunkin’
    Message 1 of 1 , May 28, 2008

      Dunkin' Donuts yanks Rachael Ray ad
      May 27, 2008

      Does Dunkin’ Donuts really think its customers could
      mistake Rachael Ray for a terrorist sympathizer? The
      Canton-based company has abruptly canceled an ad in
      which the domestic diva wears a scarf that looks like
      a keffiyeh, a traditional headdress worn by Arab men.
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      Some observers, including ultra-conservative Fox News
      commentator Michelle Malkin, were so incensed by the
      ad that there was even talk of a Dunkin’ Donuts

      ‘‘The keffiyeh, for the clueless, is the traditional
      scarf of Arab men that has come to symbolize murderous
      Palestinian jihad,’’ Malkin yowls in her syndicated

      ‘‘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.’’

      The company at first pooh-poohed the complaints,
      claiming the black-and-white wrap was not a keffiyeh.
      But the right-wing drumbeat on the blogosphere
      continued and by yesterday, Dunkin’ Donuts decided
      it’d be easier just to yank the ad.

      Said the suits in a statement: ‘‘In a recent online
      ad, Rachael Ray is wearing a black-and-white silk
      scarf with a paisley design. It was selected by her
      stylist for the advertising shoot. Absolutely no
      symbolism was intended. However, given the possibility
      of misperception, we are no longer using the

      (In case you’re wondering, the stylist who selected
      the offending scarf was not Gretta Enterprises boss
      Gretchen Monahan, who appears on Ray’s TV show as a
      style consultant.)

      For her part, Malkin was pleased with Dunkin’s
      response: ‘‘It’s refreshing to see an American company
      show sensitivity to the concerns of Americans opposed
      to Islamic jihad and its apologists.’’
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