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Rachel Ray's Scarf

Discussion in 'World Politics' started by vyo476, Jun 2, 2008.

  1. vyo476

    vyo476 Active Member

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    Reading this article scared me a little bit, once I got over how incredibly ludicrous the whole thing is. What's being said here is, basically, to show any form of Islamic imagery is un-American. The kaffiyeh is not a symbol of terrorism; it is something worn by terrorists and other Muslims alike. We might as well get upset over which brand of shoes the Nazis wore.

    Dunkin' Donuts pulls Rachael Ray ad after complaints
    By MARK JEWELL, AP Business Writer Thu May 29, 9:43 AM PDT

    Dunkin' Donuts has pulled an online advertisement featuring Rachael Ray after complaints that a fringed black-and-white scarf that the celebrity chef wore in the ad offers symbolic support for Muslim extremism and terrorism.

    The coffee and baked goods chain said the ad that began appearing online May 7 was pulled over the past weekend because "the possibility of misperception detracted from its original intention to promote our iced coffee."

    In the spot, Ray holds an iced coffee while standing in front of trees with pink blossoms.

    Critics, including conservative commentator Michelle Malkin, complained that the scarf wrapped around her looked like a kaffiyeh, the traditional Arab headdress. Critics who fueled online complaints about the ad in blogs say such scarves have come to symbolize Muslim extremism and terrorism.

    The kaffiyeh, Malkin wrote in a column posted online last Friday, "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."

    A statement issued Wednesday by Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin' Brands Inc., however, said the scarf had a paisley design, and was selected by a stylist for the advertising shoot.

    "Absolutely no symbolism was intended," the company said.

    Dunkin' spokeswoman Michelle King said the ad appeared on the chain's Web site, as well as other commercial sites.

    Amahl Bishara, an anthropology lecturer at the University of Chicago who specializes in media matters relating to the Middle East, said complaints about the scarf's use in the ad demonstrate misunderstandings of Arab culture and the multiple meanings that symbols can take on depending on someone's perspective.

    "I think that a right-wing blogger making an association between a kaffiyeh and terrorism is just an example of how so much of the complexity of Arab culture has been reduced to a very narrow vision of the Arab world on the part of some people in the U.S.," Bishara said in a phone interview. "Kaffiyehs are worn every day on the street by Palestinians and other people in the Middle East -- by people going to work, going to school, taking care of their families, and just trying to keep warm."

    While some extremists and terrorists may wear kaffiyehs, "To reduce their meaning to support for terrorism has a tacit racist tone to it," Bishara said.

    Malkin, in a posting following up on last week's column, said of Dunkin's decision to pull the ad, "It's refreshing to see an American company show sensitivity to the concerns of Americans opposed to Islamic jihad and its apologists."

    Ray, host of the Food Network television program "30 Minute Meals" as well as a syndicated daytime talk show, began appearing in ads for Dunkin' Donuts in March 2007. When Dunkin' announced the partnership, it said Ray would be featured in TV, print, radio and online spots in a campaign running through 2010.

    http://www.tv.yahoo.com/show/39312/news/urn:newsml:tv.ap.org:20080529:dunkin__donuts_ad_pulled
     
  2. Libsmasher

    Libsmasher New Member

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    The lib media loves to go into a towering Pee See rage over trivial crap like this while ignoring how Pee See protection of islam is destroying western societies. Example - the Archbishop of Canterbury saying islamic law in the UK is "inevitable":

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7232661.stm

    Among many other things, sharia law say four male witnesses are required to prove rape, and in some places, women are lashed for the crime of having let themselves be raped.
     
  3. Pandora

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    I saw this on the news. It is scary. There are some bad terrorists who are Muslims but there are millions and millions of Muslims who are not terrorists and there are many Muslims in our country who love the USA.

    Pulling the commercial was appeasing the weirdoes who are afraid of anything Muslim.

    Pulling the commercial was like saying we do not mean to offend you, as though someone wearing a scarf that was a Muslim scarf could or would be offending.

    Pulling the commercial was like a first step of open intolerance to Muslim people.

    But I am sure that Dunkin did not mean it that way, they are after the bottom dollar and just didn’t want any controversy.
     
  4. Libsmasher

    Libsmasher New Member

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    Nonsense. :D
     
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    It is scary

    her scarf was just a scarf, kind of pretty actually. I would have never thought it looked like a muslim hate scarf or what ever they are claiming it was. What is going on in peoples minds that they would associate a scarf around a womans neck as something horrible
     
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    Read my first post in the thread. It's ASSININE to blow this silly incident up into something beyond what it is, when people are ignoring the DEAD SERIOUS stuff in the opposite direction. Geez, get a clue!
     
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    Yeah, and I suppose people who own pizza parlors and Italian restaurants are Bin Laden lovers because some of their establishments have red/white checkered tablecloths to symbolize some of the headgear. :)
     
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    People have no lives, D D has no backbone. Its a Fing Scarf...And the Right complains about the left for getting offended all the time...
     
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    Spineless on the part of Dunkin Donuts. Funny how the uproar is from the right though.
    Despite this being blown way out of proportion, why would dunkin donuts have
    Rachel Ray for thier spokesperson?
     
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    "Spineless" and "blown out of proportion"? Self-contradictory. "Spine" shouldn't be defined over something so trivial.
     
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    Nobody was offended in this - your comparison is ridiculous.
     
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    Up your butt, Jobu.

    I agree, people have no lives. They look for meaningless bullsh*t to b*tch about...must make them feel important or something. Which is why I'm all for proactively offending people. That way it keeps them from finding offensive things which are most likely not offensive to anyone but them.

    Punks.


    Rachel Ray IS annoying, though...
     
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    I would have expected more people to take offense to her rather than her choice of scarves.
     
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    Did you actually read your source?

    Excerpts:

    He's talking about mutual accommodation, not overturning Britain's current legal system and replacing it entirely with Sharia Law.

    Furthermore, the "PC Protection" (if you must call it that) of Muslims is quite necessary, given the numerous hate crimes against Muslims and non-Muslim Arabs after 9/11. The article that originates this thread is indicative of the same symptoms that led to all those innocent people being victimized for something they had nothing to do with: much of America today associates "Islam" with "terrorism" as though the two terms are synonyms.
     
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    English common law is used all over the world in civilized countries, and doesn't need to be supplanted by the super-anachronistic dictates of the muslim religion. If ever there was a case of the tail wagging the dog - that's it. Muslims should adapt to their adopted country or leave. By the way, it's a real laugh to hear a lib, the people who go nutso about religion creeping into the law in the US, defending this - are you going to suggest that the US incorporate "parts" of sharia here? :D

    Let's look at sharia re marriage (from wiki):

    Are these the "parts" the UK should "incorporate"? Or some other "parts" you can list in detail??

    Absolutely ridiculous idea from a known nutcase cleric.
     
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