*Quick disclaimer, most of the links in this article contain pictures that are not consistent with the Islamic view of Hijab
YUM-O! By now you have probably heard that a Rachael Ray ad has been pulled because it featured her wearing a distinctive black/white Palestinian headdress. Kind of hard to miss as it was all over Digg and at some point yesterday on the front page of CNN. Before getting to my own comments, let me recap some of what is being said in the blogosphere:
- See the ad and some good recaps here.
- Good article from Newsday that includes this quote – “People have hidden agendas and they somehow associate the kaffiyeh with Islam and terrorism,” said Habeeb Ahmed, president of the Islamic Center of Long Island. “It's not a religious symbol. … How can a piece of cloth be a symbol of a terrorist identity?”
- The Michelle Malkin article that started it all.
- A proposed costume change for Rachael Ray.
Let me start by expressing my anger at Michelle Malkin, not for being a biased neocon hack creating fictional drama and passing it off as relevant social news (that's to be expected), but for ripping off my coinage of the term “Rolled up Couture” for her own “hate couture.”
The actual story here, to me, is ridiculous. I'm not sure why everyone is getting on Rachael Ray's case. Many people wear this, or scarves similar to it. I remember seeing an And1 streetballer wearing the same thing during a game, but he was never accused of supporting terrorism. The Dunkin Donuts official statement even says the scarf was just picked out by the stylist. Based on negative reactions to the commercial, you might assume that Rachel Ray had the scarf wrapped around her head and face, while reading the script from a piece of paper and shaking her finger.
While the debate of whether Dunkin' Donuts should have pulled the ad or not has been hashed out in the blogosphere, one thing that many people are ignoring is the potential fall out from this disaster. I have, therefore, taken it upon myself to outline for America just a few ways how this milestone event in our history may affect our future.
- Everytime Rachael Ray says “EVOO” on the Food Network, the CIA will need to investigate it to make sure its not a hidden message to Al-Qaeda.
- Urban Outfitters will notice a sudden drop in their quarterly profit outlook.
- .. So will White House | Black Market, a place famous for “for its sleek lines, and its focus on white, black, and other variants of the two colors” (Let's just hope they don't incorporate red).
- A reverse endorsement war will break out between Nike and Adidas to prove they are not the official tennis-shoe for terrorists.
- Economic crisis as a result of the inevitable American boycott on rice – a signature food of terrorists (and communists too).
While the Dunkin Donuts debate may rage on, one thing is for sure: America is one black and white piece of cloth closer to defeating terrorism, and with people like Michelle Malkin hard at work, it is only a matter of time before we take down one more scarf, and maybe this time we can get Emeril, Mario Batali, or Bobby Flay (have you seen his hair?? I think he has IRA ties).