Rachael Ray is a coffee-selling terrorist

May 29th, 2008 // 123 Comments

Many of you have probably heard that Dunkin’ Donuts pulled an ad featuring Rachael Ray because she looks “too Arab-y.” Apparently, her scarf set the right-wing blogs a-buzzing who decided to wage war on my beloved Dunkin’ until they pulled the ad. Bloodied and beaten, the purveyors of sweet fried bread that fuel my morning gave in, according to the Boston Globe:

The Canton-based company has abruptly canceled an ad in which the domestic diva wears a scarf that looks like a keffiyeh, a traditional headdress worn by Arab men. Some observers, including ultra-conservative Fox News commentator Michelle Malkin, were so incensed by the ad that there was even talk of a Dunkin’ Donuts boycott.
”The keffiyeh, for the clueless, is the traditional scarf of Arab men that has come to symbolize murderous Palestinian jihad,” Malkin yowls in her syndicated column.
”Popularized by Yasser Arafat and a regular adornment of Muslim terrorists appearing in beheading and hostage-taking videos, the apparel has been mainstreamed by both ignorant and not-so-ignorant fashion designers, celebrities, and left-wing icons.”

Dunkin’ Deeznuts issued the following statement after pulling the terror-inducing ad. (Holy shit, she’s got a latte! Duck!):

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.”

The only jihad that scarf makes me want to commit is against my hangover – with sweet caffeine. And if that’s not American, shit, I don’t know what is. That said, I’ll assume for their next commercial Rachael Ray, clad in the Stars and Stripes, will fire an AK at a Boston Creme – then dump scalding hot lattes on a gay wedding. Wow, I should work in advertising. I would sell stuff’s face off.

Thanks to BK for the “hot tip.” Get it? Hot? Like coffee. Comedy!


  1. those right-wingers are disgusting

    Oh my gosh, I fucking hate those right-wing dictators. They’re just nasty stupid dictators. I’m from Europe and here a lot of people (male and female) wear that scarf, it’s worn by people who is very left-winger, anarchist, communist, whatever, nothing at all related to Arabs or terrosists, at all. It’s just worn by people who like the extreme left a lot, it’s a symbol for them. Lately, it has become a fashion accesory for a lot of people regardless of their political views.
    So what if people who like the left wear it? Isn’t the USA a democracy? can’t people in the USA decide what their political views are? I guess those corrupt phony murderers and criminals and dictators of the USA extreme right-wing are too afraid that there’s even people aware of what anarchism or communism truly means fearing that people maybe could start thinking that extreme capitalism sucks and they’d start being tired of being exploted and robbed by politicians and big corporations, and maybe those right-wing criminals would start losing their power and money they steal from working-class people.

    I hope Obama wins and kicks all those right-wing criminals in the ass. What they want is to steal your money and control what you think, so people, please, NEVER vote republican. They are the true anti-American ones. The constitution of the USA claims what those republicans fear the most. The last thing they want you to have is freedom, they only want to control you and steal your money. Being American and a patriot is way beyond hanging the USA flag in the door of your hose, eating hot dogs, celebrating memorial day and the 4th of July and singing the USA anthem. Being a patriot is fighting for the true values of your country no matter if those republicans say you’re anti-American for doing it in fear they’ll lose their power, and they try to sell you being a patriot is believing all their lies and haging the flag in your house, that’s what they want you to think. Obama is the only true real American patriot, every American should go vote for him, it’s the best thing you could do for your country Americans!

  2. yep

    #89, you obviously aren’t American, because in America no one knows what the Israelis do to the Palestinians. The news never show it there. In Europe we get to see it, they show the images of Israelis killing Palestinian babies and children (this is 100% true, if you ever come to Europe watch the news and you’ll see it, Palestinian bloody and dead babies and children killed by Israelis for no reason), but the right-wing and republican American government is pro-Israel, so they’ll never show it in America because they don’t want people to know to thruth or be aware of what’s truly going on.

  3. how likely...?

    It’s funny how republicans and right-wingers try to get the votes of people (and, most important, their MONEY and RIGHTS) by trying to impose fear and the false idea that only republicans can protect people from some evil so called terrorist that only want to kill them. Yup, how likely is the possibility that you’ll be killed in a terrorist attack in the USA? how many people have been killed in terrorist attacks in the USA? Yup, very, very, very, very, extremely few. It’s one of the rarest things that could happen to any American. Yet, those republicans and right wingers tell you it’s your main problem and it has to be your biggest fear. However, how many people in the USA die or have a miserable life because they can’t afford a doctor or a surgery and they don’t have insurance? how many people die and have miserable lifes because they don’t have enough money to afford schools and a good education? MILLIONS of Americans. Children die because they can’t afford a doctor or a surgery in America, and America and the right wing republicans let them die. What a great country. But we shouldn’t care about unimportant stuff like that, what does your health and education matter anyway? If universal healthcare was created, republicans and big corporations would lose a lor of money. So it’s best to tell people that they main concern has to be something that is almost impossible: that they’re killed in a terrorist attack. And yes, Obama would protect America from terrorist attacks WAY better than republicans, those money and power hungry criminals and murderers. Vote for Obama, don’t even give in to those criminals aka republicans and let them control your life and mind while they steal your hard earned money and rights!

  4. tori

    this is the stupidest thing i’ve ever heard.

    god help any company that advertises with diversity too.
    i mean really, don’t they know they should only have white people waving flags in commercials?


  5. jonny

    millions of Americans dying from No medical attention!!!!!!! What a fucking joke! The health care in America is the best in the fucking world! Show me a child who died from not getting a specific operation. You can’t! It doesn’t happen. This is the greatest country in the world

  6. wow, so much ignorance, it's sad

    #105 it’s sad that the people who control your life, mind and money and steal your hard earned money and rights have such a control over your brain for you to be so much of a puppet, unless you’re one of them that’s it.
    I recommend that you get outside of your country for once and see that there’s a whole great world beyond its borders. In Europe they have universal healthcare, the best in the world. No one has to pay insane amounts of money to receive the best medical attention and no one has to worry for a second about what they’re gonna do if they can’t afford a doctor, a medicine, a surgery, whatever, no one needs insurance either, because EVERYONE has it for granted, and people’s health is way more important than money there.
    I recommend you and everyone to watch the movie John Q (starring Denzel Washington and based on real events) to get a little bit of enlightment. Is really money more important than your health and your family’s health? if yes, vote republican, because that’s one of their principles. If not, vote Obama and fight for your country and your rights!

  7. jonny

    “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.”

    The transition of the kaffiyeh from the Middle Eastern version of a baseball cap to a symbol of solidarity came with the occupation of Palestinian land. The kaffiyeh became a symbol of national identity for Palestinians. From the ’60s on, Palestine Liberation Organization officials and members, such Yasser Arafat, wore the kaffiyeh everywhere they went.

    International coverage of the first intifada often showed pictures of Palestinian civilians throwing stones with kaffiyehs around their faces or necks. But afterward, the kaffiyeh was popular only amongst activists and Palestinian refugees.

    During the second intifada in 2000, sympathy for Palestinians began to grow and the kaffiyeh became a way of displaying solidarity.

    “Ideally, I want everyone to wear the kaffiyeh,” says Habib, “but if it’s just worn for the aesthetic value, without the spirit of resistance wrapped up in every thread, then they might as well not wear it at all, and if it becomes appropriated by commercial interests, then that’s even worse.”

  8. jonny

    Europe sucks ass! That’s why all the Europeans are clamoring to get into this country. More people try to emigrate to the U.S.A. than any other country in the world because it is the best place to live in the entire world! Nobody is dying to get in to France! Socialized medicine is the reason all the europeans come here to get serious operations. Trust me, I know, I work in a hospital.

  9. jonny

    #106…you are the ignorant one. In most european countires, the wait for even the simplest procedures is months. Walk into any emergency room in the U.S. and you cannot be refused treatment. It is the law, no matter where you come from, or what color you are. wise up….this is the greatest country in the world..No one is telling you how to think. That’s why we all have the right to spew our nonsense online or in the street whenever we want. Enjoy your freedoms! Many people died to garantee them

  10. BoboTed

    Bullshit about America having short waiting times at medical facilities. The dickhead conservatives that say that have obviously not been to the doctor, EVER. The US healthcare system is a joke and is the most expensive in the wolkd because it is run by greedy, bribing, for-profit corporations that make money by denying their customers care.

    Europeans come to the US to get elective surgery. At least in Europe people have their basic health needs met instead of being left to die in the streets for having no insurance, which is what a lot of hospitals do.

    As for America being a destination for immigrants- so what? France is a very popular destination for north Africans. America is just the closest developed nation for many desperately poor people- that is why they come.

  11. BoboTed

    Yes, hospitals cannot legally deny treatment for people, even if they are uninsured. Unfortunately for the 50 MILLION Americans without health insurance, the emergency room is the only place they receive care, and by then their ailment is very serious when it could have been nipped in the bud by the PREVENTATIVE care that is the hallmark of all socialized medicine systems.

    As for the Palestinians being the impediment to peace, what a bunch of fucking bullshit. The Israelis are bulldozing Palestinian settlements, constructing a massive apartheid wall to bisect the West Bank and separate Palestinian communities from one another, and bombing indiscriminately in Gaza and preventing the people there from receiving basic goods and health care.

    Israel is a genocidal state that desires to exterminate all the Palestinians. The leaders of Hamas and many other Arab nations have repeatedly accepted a two-state solution. Israel has imprisoned most of Hamas’ freely elected ;eadership, denying Palestinians their right to be represented by the people for whom they voted.

  12. Kea

    Dear god, I have one of those scarfs!! Jeez that must mean I’m a terrorist too! My boyfriend’s mum gave it to me, is she a terrorist too? Is everyone?! I cant believe they reacted like that and pulled the ad. I’d be complaining that they pulled it, if I was an Arab I’d fucking complain that by pulling it it’s offensive.
    Has the whole world gone batshit insane?!

  13. Kea

    Dear god, I have one of those scarfs!! Jeez that must mean I’m a terrorist too! My boyfriend’s mum gave it to me, is she a terrorist too? Is everyone?! I cant believe they reacted like that and pulled the ad. I’d be complaining that they pulled it, if I was an Arab I’d fucking complain that by pulling it it’s offensive.
    Has the whole world gone batshit insane?!

  14. eurotrash

    jonny -
    read your own quotes again..funny how it mentions palestinian REFUGEES.
    my opinion isnt based on ‘liberal propaganda’, its based on my own experiences after having travelled through the region, and the experiences of reporters who worked in the region.

  15. Tori

    That’s so fucking stupid. I think next Rachel should wear an American Flag around her neck – no wait! She should be naked and wearing only an American Flag. Would that be more acceptable than a paisley scarf? Jesus Christ, now I can’t wear my scarves? I have Arabian horses, in shows we dress up in Native Costumes, shall we outlaw our Arabian Horse Shows now? I’m a proud American, don’t get me wrong but some U.S. Citizens are just plain stupid and should be deported to Iraq.

  16. jonny

    #111….It is the palestinians who are firing khassem rockets into Israel form gaza. Besides, Israel is the only one providing services to the Palestinians. The surrounding Arab countries won’t let them even cross their border dipshit. “Refugees” for 50 years! Nowhere else in the world do you have people claiming refugee status for 50 years.

  17. i have an underwear, exactly that kind of scarf hehehe.

  18. Rick James

    Jonny, the American education system didn’t work too well for you. You can’t spell worth a damn. By the way, I am an American service member living in Germany. I have had to go to German doctors here, and the treatment I receive here is second to none. Also, there are a hell of alot of immigrants here. You’d be suprised.

  19. Coral

    Everytime I hear the name ‘Fox’ i hide my more liberal opinions and run from the bullshit that is sure to spill from any one person heavily involved with Fox News. I think they really should have been pulling it for bad style and come on people, it’s Rachel Ray. =-0

  20. Viewmaster

    Note to all Fox News enthusiasts: Open Anus, Remove Head. Rinse. Repeat.

  21. I’ll eat out her ass if she’ll cook for me and suck and fuck me, too.

  22. err....

    ahh…sweet, sweet parinoa,seriously though, wats she gonna do,brainwash latte adicts into blowing up the whitehouse?

  23. Larry from Illinios

    Are you people kidding? There is no way that this regular scarf that American women used to wear some decades ago looks anything like some Islamic clothing accessory!

    We are getting so easily upset over nothing.

    I hope that Dunkin’ Donuts doesn’t mind taking the monetary loss that it took to make the commercial. Making commercials are not cheap. And, Good People, now, they get to deduct the loss from their income tax. Which means, that, You and I get to pay more eventually when businesses have losses.

    Now, “if” she had put Yassar Arafat’s signature head wrap on her head, THEN I would agree with you! But, that didn’t happen.

    Maybe some folks need to watch some black and white movies from the 1930s and 1940s to see other women wearing “scarfs/shawls” like this.

    And, of course, all folks who bad mouth Rachael Ray and make fun of her are just jealous of the fact that she is making millions of dollars every year. Nice work for a 40 year old lady who didn’t go to college. Eat your hearts out.

    Larry from Illinois

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