Michelle Malkin Is An Epic Moron

All I have to say is boycott Dunkin’ Donuts until the Rachel Ray ad is placed back on the air, and leave your garbage on the doorstep of Michelle Malkin’s office until she’s either fired or prints a retraction. Malkin’s comment that a scarf somehow gives terrorists warm fuzzies is just the sort of cowardice this country should no longer tolerate.

I look at the scarf, and I see A SCARF!!! You have to be paranoid and/or dimmer than a black hole to see it as anything but.

No wonder conservatism is dying in this country. Everyone on the right seems to have been scared stupid.

Thanks, Michelle.  Thanks a lot.  Because of people like you, the terrorists have won.

10 thoughts on “Michelle Malkin Is An Epic Moron

  1. Well, MM has little left to talk about, having been proved so spectacularly wrong on Iraq, the Bush Preznitcy, the War on Terra, etc. etc. Like most of the wingnuts, she’s got no new ideas and no ways out of the mess we’re in other than “More of the same.” So right now, about all she can do is try to scare people by finding terrorist messages in Dunkin Donuts ads.

  2. Yeah, Palestinians sure don’t see any political significance in unbelievers wearing in the symbol of resistance to Israel.

    Sandra Tieger, 20, alleged to smh.com.au she began to feel like a terrorism supporter following the reaction to her wearing a black and white scarf to work at Kemeny’s.

    Ms Tieger’s claims – which the store rejects – follow attacks on an ad for the US Dunkin’ Donuts chain, in which celebrity chef Rachael Ray wore a scarf. Critics have said the scarf has “violent symbolism and anti-Israel overtones”.

    But Ms Tieger said she had “no idea about the politics” when she bought the scarf at the Tree Of Life store.

    “I thought it was a nice scarf, a cowboy scarf. I thought: ‘It’s black and white, no-one will say anything to me because that’s all we can wear [with our work uniform]’.

    “A Palestinian customer came up and asked me if I’m wearing this scarf as a fashion statement or for political reasons.

    “I had no idea what he was talking about because I don’t follow politics at all. I just laughed it off.

    “Two days later he called and complained about it.”

  3. This is also a good article on the symbolic significance of the scarf:

    http://www.thestar.com/living/article/433754

    Mafaz Al-Suwaidan
    Special to the star

    The scarf once seen covering the faces of stone-throwing boys, wrapping the bodies of bullet-pierced babies and shading the creased napes of olive farmers now makes an appearance on the mannequins of Toronto and the outfits of the rich and fabulous of New York.

    And an item of clothing resembling that scarf, called a kaffiyeh, forced Dunkin’ Donuts to pull an ad this week featuring celebrity chef Rachael Ray. Ray wore a black and white scarf in the ad, promoting Dunkin’ Donuts’ iced coffee. Critics said the scarf offered symbolic support for Muslim extremism, The Associated Press reports.

    The controversial kaffiyeh, also known as the hatta or the shemagh, is a cloth about 54 inches squared. Commonly seen on the heads of men in the Middle East, the kaffiyeh was historically used simply as protection from the scorching sun. Now, the checked scarves carry a much deeper meaning.

    “The kaffiyeh is a visual extension of our struggle, a way to be a thorn in the silence,” says Ahmad Habib, Iraqi refugee and a member of the Arab Cultural Resistance music group. “Everywhere, from the Arab world to Toronto, people dress up to paint the world with conformity and indifference. The kaffiyeh stands in the way of that.”

  4. Look at the scarf in the ad, for Christ’s sake!

    This is political correctness in a different light, which should have died a painful death back in the nineties. None of this washes.

    She put on a paisley scarf!

    This has to be the thinnest controversy I’ve ever seen. I am absolutely disgusted that we’ve become this paranoid and afraid. Enough already!

  5. Bill and John, those criticisms might, might have a chance of standing up IF the scarf was a keffiyeh.

    But it isn’t. Which makes the whole thing a giant, stinky, moldering straw man.

    I actually think it looks more like a tallis, a Jewish prayer shawl. I expect that the irony there will be lost on the likes of Malkin.

  6. Well, I just saw the article, you’d really have to take it up with Mafaz Al-Suwaidan – she seemed pretty sure the scarves being sold in boutiques in Toronto (and probably other stores) were really the keffiyeh. Whether that’s what inspired the one Rachel Ray was wearing is anyone’s guess.

    One of my favourite tee shirts these days is the one with Che’s face and underneath it, “I have no idea who this is.”

    Cultural sensitivity is a tough issue, though, and things change pretty quickly. Maybe it would be better if it was just a scarf, and they had just been cartoons and on and on……

  7. What would I have to take up with Al-Suwaidan? I agree with her: the keffiyeh is a symbol (at least in the western world) of Palestinian nationalism/resistance/however you want to put it. I’ll take his/her word for it that keffiyeh, or replicas, are sold as fashion accessories.

    But the scarf in question is not a keffiyeh. That is why this is a straw-man argument. Malkin et al have attributed something to Ray and Dunkin Donuts that simply does not exist. Ray could not possibly be expressing solidarity with the Palestinians by wearing a keffiyeh because she isn’t wearing a keffiyeh. And as i thought I had pointed out, making the argument that it resembles a keffiyeh by virtue of being black and white and having tassles means that other scarves, specifically the tallis, are ALSO similar in exactly the same way, and that leads to an absurd conclusion, that Jews wearing a prayer shawl are supporting Islamic terrorism.

    If she was photographed wearing a keffiyeh, well, we could have that discussion. But she wasn’t, and so the whole argument is moot. Except it isn’t, because people are still talking about this.

  8. No, it’s a good thing to get people talking about it. Especially on writer’s blogs where symbolism is important. What Rachel Ray is wearing in the picture isn’t a keffiyeh, but as Ms. Al-Suwaidan points out, keffiyehs are being sold as fashion in some stores. That piece of fashion influences other pieces of fashion and the cultural significance – the symbolism – gets watered down. None of this takes place in a vacuum.

    Now, personally, I wish things like scarves had no cultural significance, or at least not the kind of significance that perpetuates hatred and leads to violence. Someday that may be the case, but we’ll have to go through a lot of these bullshit arguments till we get there.

  9. ‘Someday that may be the case, but we’ll have to go through a lot of these bullshit arguments till we get there.”

    On that, John, I think we’re all in complete agreement.

    It’ll be like the orchestral part of “A Day in the Life.” They start with one note, end with another, and make one helluva disjointed racket in between.

  10. it is pathetic what this country has become since 9/11.along w/ all the sorrow and death of that day,one of its worst aspects is it has given stupid ignorant people like malkin the opportunity to spew their vile,hateful rhetoric.every time i hear something stupid from the looney right in this country i say,man,i have heard everything.”look out!here come the terrorist scarves!run for your life….”this takes the cake.

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