In an utterly ludicrous turn of events, Dunkin' Donuts has been forced to pull an advertisement it was running with Rachael Ray, a Euro-American (Sicilian-Cajun, whee!) celebrity female chef, because crazed Christianazis felt her neck scarf was too "Islamist".
Let me be utterly clear about this: Rachael Ray is a Christian white woman and a celebrity chef. She was wearing a black and white scarf with a fringe that resembles the kufiyyah, a typically North African and Near Eastern article of clothing whose name is related to the Arabic word for a napkin. This item of clothing is worn by Arabs, particularly men, everywhere, and in Palestine it was made famous because Yasser Arafat wore one on his head that was supposed to represent the Occupied Territories.
Let me take a page from Wikipedia to clarify:
The keffiyeh (Arabic: كوفية, kūfiyyah, plural كوفيات, kūfiyyāt) is also known as a shimagh or yashmagh (شماغ, šimāġ), a ghutrah (غترة, ġutrah), a ḥaṭṭah (حطّة) or a mashadah (مشدة) and is a traditional headdress of Arab men, made of a square of cloth, usually cotton, folded and wrapped in various styles around the head. It is commonly found in arid climate areas to provide protection from direct sun exposure, as well as for occasional use in protecting the mouth and eyes from blown dust and sand.
This item of clothing is worn by Westerners, especially military forces, in many areas: it is issued to British troops and is widely worn by US troops in Iraq as well.
Let's also be clear that there is an association made in the American mind with support for Palestine and the wearing of the kufiyyah, although honestly the degree to which this is known is unclear and has become very muddled since the US has been heavily involved in war in Afghanistan and Iraq over the last however-many-years the War on Error has been happening.
Let's conclude by examining the evidence: do we honestly believe that Dunkin' Donuts was attempting to slip some kind of dog whistle into their ad? Do we think that Rachael Ray and Dunkin' Donuts was secretly attempting to show their support for the Palestinians by sticking a paisley scarf around Rachael Ray's throat? Maybe they were trawling for that huge body of people who would wink slyly, in the know, and buy lots and lots of D&D coffee after seeing that ad - brown people and misguided Jewish youth, perhaps?
I roll my eyes. This is on par with Bush apologising for a US sniper in Iraq using the Qur'an for target practice when nobody even knows how many HUMAN BEINGS have died in Iraq. He is in charge of a military that is gangbanging Iraq like it is going out of style and he hasn't apologised for civilian deaths, an invasion based on pretext, or any of his other equally fucked-up notions.
Muslims all around are in agreement: the Qur'an is a revelation, not a book. Fuck that sniper, actual people die every day because of Bush's policies - Americans and non-Americans alike.
And we're kvetching about Rachael Ray wearing a goddamn scarf while she peddles a beverage that is, to misquote a great author, almost totally, but not entirely, unlike coffee.