Friday, May 30, 2008

Dunkin' No-guts

Rachael Ray in the "offensive" ad.
Is it just me or is this woman hot?

In the apparently never-ending battle between what were at one time called “American values” and stupidity, the forces of xenophobic stupidity and intolerance have won a great victory. The fast food chain Dunkin’ Donuts has pulled a series of Internet ads starring that diva of the television cookery shows, Rachael Ray. In the ads Ms Ray is pictured holding an iced coffee and standing in front of some trees. She is wearing a black and white paisley scarf, and that is where the problem lies. Right-wing commentator, Michelle Matlin, claimed that the scarf in question looked like a kaffiyeh, and as such indicated that Rachael Ray and Dunkin’ Donuts were in cahoots with international Islamic extremists and terrorists. Nasty.

The kaffiyeh is a type of scarf worn in the Middle East by all sorts of people. Not all of these people are terrorists or even extremists, but that doesn’t matter to little Ms Matlin. Also, the fact that the scarf wasn’t a kaffiyeh doesn’t matter to her either. This is just another opportunity for some right wing nut to pee on the floor and cry about it, and that’s fine. Do what you have to do and if you want to look like a fool, fly at it. The disturbing part of this whole thing, I think, is that Dunkin’ Donuts folded like a cheap rag as soon as an idiot started making noise. What’s that all about?

I am wondering why as soon as all this nonsense began someone at Dunkin’ Donuts didn’t say, “Holy cow, somebody get that woman some medication right now! Hurry, so that she can maybe become a productive member of society rather than a menace to all that is right and good in this once great country of ours.” I understand that Dunkin’ Donuts as an organization cannot force some crazy person to seek help, but they could have contacted some sort of agency to help this woman help herself, couldn’t they? It would have been the right thing to do.

Anyway… Humouroceros

Michelle Matlin - right wing commentator
Is it just me or is this woman nuts?


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