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May 30, 2008



I too got incensed when I read this two days ago. First at Michelle Malkin then at DD for not having the boldness of their coffee by pulling the ad. By the way Ms. Malkin who used to write for the Seattle Times - is a Fil-Am born and raised in the US; and I just can't get over the fact that she's a right wing nut. Her book on the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII is a reflection of her extreme views.

Levi Elephant

Hey, it's business. We live in a commercially-driven world and an ad like that could result into product boycotts. So pulling it out is a good choice. It's unfair for Arabs but that's the truth. Dunkin Donuts doesn't care about jihads or terrorism, all they care about are their products and sales. So they did what they had to do-a good business decision.


"Its unfair for Arabs but that's the truth." What truth are you talking about?

Business success and social conviction are not mutually exclusive ideas.


Rick - Oh yes, that Malkin. I've been familiar with for quite some time now. I really try not to judge the motives of others but I'm pretty convinced she says and writes what she does to build her following and thus become more relevant. Of course she believes what she says (she has to, I suppose); it's just that the more extreme she gets, the more attention she gets -- and the cycle continues.

It's like Ann Coulter telling Donny Deutsch that Jews should convert and that Christians "just want Jews to be perfected, as they say." C'mon now. It's not just the offensive message -- it's also who she said it to. Add them up together and it's the perfect media storm (and wasn't she hawking a new book then, too?).

And as far as DD goes...they don't get my respect.

Levi - I'm sure that's how the DD execs see things, too. They may have the love of rightwings everywhere now, but I wonder at what expense?

I think of it this way: if MM tried to pull the same thing on a Mac ad, the Apple folks would have thumbed their golden noses at her and her supporters and probably pulled some kind of counter move that would have made themselves look even cooler than they do now.

Nowadays, with corporations scrambling to adopt environmentally responsible/community-driven programs in order to build brand loyalty,I'm hoping this is only the start of an era where corporate America can find success by having a conscience. DD just demonstrated, in my opinion, that it has no soul.


I have the same scarf, in purple and black. Does that mean i'm a terrorist too?

The Ca t

hi gigi,
i got the same "terrorist" in my closet. not the same design of course but it resembles the design of the headscarf (kiffiyeh)of Arafat. For MM however, semblance is enough to accuse a wearer of supporting the political ideology of a person or persons who have been identified with the fashion style. To these people, it is not even fashion; it's CULTURAL.
So I ask my "terrorist" to lie low for a while, anyway today is summer and i would not be needing throat warmer.

and the clueless in me, thought that it is the manner by which the scarf was wrapped around the neck of rachael ray which made her wrote that stupid remark.

by googling what a kiffiyeh is, i noticed that it was the print design in the scarf which was similar to that of arafat. the print design in the ray's scarf is hardly noticeable.

What attracted me are the fringes.

when i read about the "terrorist link" of that ad without knowing about the scarf, i thought, the culprit was her finger or her facial expression. i even looked closely at the tree behind her. Silly me.


It's this simple...I'm not paranoid, it's just that everyone is out to get me!


Cathy - Hmmm, must admit I dunno. Maybe we should ask the folks who deem themselves experts on terrorist spotting eh?

The Ca t - I swear, when I first saw the ad and only knew there was some bit of noise about it, I couldn't figure out why. I still can't -- even if I know why the brouhaha.

Ana5678 - Poor Rachel Ray gets no respect. First bashed continuously by Anthony Bourdain (which I confess, makes me laugh). Then hounded by the press about her marital state of affairs. Now practically accused of being a terrorist sympathizer. And all she does is teach people how to cook in 30 minutes!!!

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