Sunday, May 25, 2008

Rachel Ray in a Kaffiyeh



Rachel Ray finds a unique method of earning money while advertising...doughnuts.

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UPDATE

...by yesterday, Dunkin’ Donuts decided it’d be easier just to yank the ad.

Said the suits in a statement: ‘‘In a recent online ad, Rachael Ray is wearing a black-and-white silk scarf with a paisley design. It was selected by her stylist for the advertising shoot. Absolutely no symbolism was intended. However, given the possibility of misperception, we are no longer using the commercial.’’

11 comments:

Findalis said...

I wrote to Dunkin Donuts on Thursday expressing my dissatisfaction with Ms. Ray's attire and today I got this response:

Thank you for expressing your concern regarding the Rachael Ray advertisement. In the ad that you reference, Rachael is wearing a black-and-white silk scarf with a paisley design that was purchased at a U.S. retail store. It was selected by the stylist for the advertising shoot.

Absolutely no symbolism was intended. However, given the possibility of misperception, we will no longer use the commercial.


Just a little suggestion of boycott can do wonders. Strike one for our side!

Suzanne Pomeranz said...

What is interesting is that it is certainly NOT a silk scarf at all as a silk scarf would NOT have all that fringe - it is very obviously what we all know it is!

The sad part is that Rachel either supports terrorism (doubtful) or (more likely (has no clue what the item means...).

I've been thinking of sending her a "shout out" message to invite her to come to Israel - now I'm sure I will...

suzanne

Findalis said...

She should come to Israel and send her to Sderot. She won't wear a Palestinian Kaffiyeh again, especially if she is hit by a Kassam rocket.

Anonymous said...

Seriously- you right-wing nut jobs need to get a life. Rachel Ray promoting terrorism??? GIVE ME A BREAK.

YMedad said...

I did not write that Ms. Ray was promoting terrorism. She was promoting, in addition to doughnuts, a kaffiyeh. A kaffiyeh has nothing to do with doughnuts. It has everything to do with Arab fashion, most notably, it is worn by fanatic left-wing protestors who support the Pal. cause. The Pal. cause, in and of itself, is not "terrorism" although for the past 80 years, the only way they've been promoting their nationalism has been through terrorism but you'll probably say that's a coincidence.

So, tell me, Anon., why did she wear it? Was she paid to do it? Is it cold or dusty in wherever she was when she had the picture taken (kaffiyeh's are used to protect one's head from the sun, one's neck from the cold and one's eyes from the sand).

Anonymous said...

She was wearing A SCARF. If you seriously think Dunkin's had some hidden agenda of promoting the Palestinian cause, then you're nuts. Simple as that. I'm not saying that Palestinians and supporters don't wear the kefiyah as a sign of solidarity and conviction. All I'm saying is that if you really think Dunkin's meant to take sides in this conflict through some cheesy commerical using Rachel Ray, then you might have too much time on your hands. It was a scarf. It doesn't even look like the traditional kefiyah. It's a loosely knitted scarf with frayed edges. Lots of people wear scarves. A few women where I work always dress up their pants suits by wearing scarves. Rectangular fabrics used for warming/stylizing the neck existed long before Hamas. It's ridiculous to even need to argue this point.

Findalis said...

In the original picture it is a kaffiyeh. Someone changed it over the weekend. I know. I posted the original picture.

As for free time. In her own free time and that of the executives of Dunkin' Donuts they can believe in whatever kooky causes they want to. But in public when I see support for Palestinian terrorists in any form, I protest.

Anonymous said...

Gosh- I can't resist. I'm not usually much of a commentor, hence the Anon. Anyway, the picture currently posted on your site does not strike me as radical. (Stylish?... not that either.) Moreover, while I understand your desire to expose Palestinian terrorists and sympathizers, I seriously wonder whether attacking a scarf in a Dunkin Donut's ad supports your conviction or -rather- UNDERMINES it by making you seem like an over-sensitive right-wing fellow with a lot of time on your hands. While Kassam rockets might be a thing to justifiably outlaw- along with Israel's cluster bomb- it does seem that targeting Rachel Ray as an Enemy of Israel might be a WASTE OF RESOURCES. Then again... you're the one devoted to this cause, so if you think Rachel Ray makes that big of a difference...

Findalis said...

Fashionable you say. Would wearing a Nazi armband be fashionable. Tell that to the people of Sderot if it is fashionable.

What is fashionable to one, is a symbol to another. That is the difference.

Both the Nazi armband and the Kaffiyeh are symbols. They are not fashion statements in any way. And to wear either shows either a lack of understanding or a willingness to support the ideals of either organization.

Anonymous said...

Well, actually, I said her scarf was NOT all that stylish, but that it is a commonly worn accessory. If you want to outlaw the scarf as a fashion accessory, go ahead and advocate for that. See how far you get, silly. All I'm saying is that your outrage is sorely misplaced and that responding in this manner to a Dunkin Donuts commercial is no way to promote your valuable cause.

As for the swastika, of course-- it's an OUTRAGE to see a swastika these days. Somehow, the generic "scarf" just doesn't have the same symbolic resonance except to over-sensitive, right-wing radicals with too much time on thier hands...

But seriously, I'm done with this blog. It's riduculous. It reeks of irrationality. Since when was RACHEL RAY all that powerful anyway?

yosi said...

I know she shouldn't have worn it, but why drag everyone into the mud? I saw that McCain's team just smacked down Debbie Schlussel for bringing Megan McCain (John's young daughter) into the Rachael Ray controversy. It's on M. Thomas Eisenstadt's blog today. http://www.eisenstadtgroup.com