Rachael Ray Unknowingly Steps Into Mideast Quagmire


I’ll admit, I’m pretty neutral when it comes to the Rachael Ray divide. I’ve seen her show, sure, and have been annoyed by her “Yum-O!” as much as everyone else, but when you don’t have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen, I can think of a lot worse things than using pre-made ravioli in a recipe.

But today in the foodie blogosphere, I found this story, which warrants a post over here in Jewish food-dom, if for no other reason, than because it’s so absurd. Ray, a Food Network star, was tapped to do a television advertisement for Dunkin Donuts. (That right there should be disturbing enough, but wait – there’s more.) In said ad, she wore what looked to be a keffiyah, the black and white checkered scarf favored by Yasir Arafat and other Palestinians. (Some believe wearing a keffiyah signifies support for mass terrorism; I believe it is more a symbol of resistance. But that is neither here nor there). A right-wing commentator named Michelle Malkin complained about it and now Dunkin Donuts has pulled the ad.

America may “run on Dunkin,” but it certainly brought Ray’s ad to a dead halt. You can read about it here.

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2 Responses to “Rachael Ray Unknowingly Steps Into Mideast Quagmire”

  1. Andrea Says:

    A spokesperson for Dunkin’ Donuts claimed that it’s actually a paisley scarf, picked out by her stylist for the advertising shoot.

    Sometimes I think that accusations such as Malkin’s are made solely to give the Malkins of the world something to say. Whether or not she believes it, it’s an issue that makes headlines and for some “Malkins” controversial headlines pay the rent.

    Absurd indeed.

  2. ntsc Says:

    My grandmother, who was Polish/Bohemian (mostly) used to wear a scarf like that to keep her neck warm. She crocheted one every couple of years.

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