Ray in a keffiyeh

Yesterday, Michelle Malkin had a freakout over an image of Rachael Ray wearing what appears to be a keffiyeh – the traditional middle eastern headwrap – as a scarf, as is apparently the style now. Malkin called it “hate couture”.

US soldier wearing a keffiyeh

Unfortunately for Malkin, it’s a clever bit of clothing that is very handy. So handy, I have one (in tan; it’s very versatile when working the farm). So handy, it’s a regular bit of gear for the SAS and even – gasp – American troops.

Unfortunately, Dunkin’ Donuts rather predictably folded. If you negotiate, the terrorists wingnuts win!

“Thank you for expressing your concern about the Dunkin’ Donuts advertisement with Rachael Ray. 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.”

It’s refreshing to see an American company show sensitivity to the concerns of Americans opposed to Islamic jihad and its apologists. Too many of them bend over backward in the direction of anti-American political correctness. Naturally, liberal commentators on the Internet are now up in arms over Dunkin’ Donuts’ decision to yank the ad and mock anyone who expresses concern over the keffiyeh’s symbolism.

Malkin, you are the one applying the symbolism. It’s a common piece of headwear across the middle east, even worn by Americans; you might as well call a baseball cap a symbol of American hegemony. It’s not even a red keffiyeh, which is the traditional color of Palestinian keffiyehs!

What a joke.

Special Air Service in North Africa