Friday, May 30, 2008

Rachael Ray, threat to America!

I had never heard of Michelle Malkin until the other day, but I now believe she might be one of America's biggest butt-wipes. Malkin, who is described in a recent AP story as a conservative commentator, is among the critics who pressured Dunkin' Donuts into pulling an online advertisement featuring Rachael Ray. The AP said there had been complaints that a black-and-white scarf the celebrity chef was wearing offered "symbolic support for Muslim extremism and terrorism." Malkin and other wingnuts said the scarf looked like a kaffiyeh, the traditional Arab headdress popularized by Yasser Arafat and, according to Malkin, "a regular adornment of Muslim terrorists appearing in beheading and hostage-taking videos." As noted by Amahl Bishara, an anthropology lecturer at the University of Chicago and an expert in media matters related to the Middle East, "Kaffiyehs are worn every day on the street by Palestinians and other people in the Middle East - by people going to work, going to school, taking care of the their families, and just trying to keep warm." There's also the fact that, based on the photos above, what Rachael Ray is wearning around her neck, other than being black and white, looks NOTHING LIKE A KAFFIYEH! Malkin is clearly an idiot, but some condemnation also should be directed at Dunkin' Donuts for putting its corporate tail between its legs and bowing down to Malkin and her ilk. Malkin, I have learned, also was one of the leading critics of the design for the Flight 93 memorial that incorporated a crescent shape, because the symbol is common in the Islamic world and used in the flags of some primarily Muslim nations. So, just to be on the safe side, and to keep Malkin and her brain-dead gang from getting their panties in a twist, I think it's best that we throw out our crescent wrenches, swear off crescent rolls and avoid looking at the sky when there's a crescent moon, just on the off chance that our exposure to these insidious shapes could cause us to launch a jihad.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's see, we have a credit crunch, a mortgage crisis, out of control gas and food prices, increasing income inequality and a never-ending war in Iraq, and the right is worried about...scarves??!!

Maybe for their next ad, Dunkin' Donuts should put Tinky Winky, the gay Teletubbie, in a scarf.

The amount of anti-Islamic bigotry that's being spewed on the right is ridiculous. The likes of Osama bin Laden and his ilk don't represent the majority of Islamic believers, who are just as peaceful and law-abiding as Christians, Jews, etc.

The right always needs an enemy, and, it seems, Muslims, gays and "elitists" have replaced Communists .

--Brad Hundt

May 30, 2008 at 3:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This just in... is in bed with Saudi Arabia!


May 30, 2008 at 7:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ya know, red, green and white are the colors of the Iranian flag. There goes Christmas.

Hey ... aren't Peters Township's school colors red & black. Weren't those Nazi colors?

I guess I'm gonna have to cancel my "Lawrence of Arabia" DVD party, huh?

May 30, 2008 at 8:15 PM  
Blogger Ellipses said...

I think the palestinians would be in a much better position if yassir arafat had looked more like rachael ray...


May 30, 2008 at 8:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've seen Rachel on TV a lot lately wearing those style of scarves... and you got to wonder what she may be hiding under there.. hickies... another head... who knows!

May 30, 2008 at 11:13 PM  
Blogger PRIguy said...

I enjoyed reading these responses to the blog.

First, when I look at the handsome mug of Arafat with his "hat" and compare it to whatever Rachel Ray is wearing, I don't see much similarity. Aside from being the most overexposed celebrity since Britney Spears, I don't see where Ms. Ray did anything wrong or subversive other than wear an ugly accessory.

Michelle Malkin is a syndicated columnist, and a frequent contributor to Bill O'Reilly's arrogant, smug and pompous "No Spin Zone." She also is gorgeous, and up until this recent incident, I thought she was rather intelligent.

This incident brings to the fore several issues. One is that the American public in general is stupid if they buy into Malkin's comments. Another is how quickly a giant corporation will cave in to appease people when it comes to what is nothing more than an ill-informed yet incendiary comment.

But the most important issue, I think, is that it shows just how lazy Americans are when it comes to information. I was taught that in order to make an informed opinion, you should look at a minimum of four sources of information, and they should be divergent in their views. That way, you're not going to succumb to comments like Malkin's. If people would think a little bit, do just a bit of research (it's so easy with the Internet and reputable websites), then the outcry that should have happened would have resulted in Malkin giving one of those stock apologies people give, and the commercial would still be running. This is what happens when people use only one source of information.

I have friends, a married couple, who are very, very conservative. I myself am pretty conservative, but if you can make a compelling, intelligent argument without just bulldozing me with your views, then I will listen, contemplate, and I just may be swayed. But these folks listen to AM radio all day (they work together in their own business). And here in Richmond, that means: Glenn Beck in the morning, Rush Limbaugh in the afternoon, then a local conservative jock who rants until Sean Hannity comes on, who then leads into Michael Savage. On top of that, thanks to corporate radio, the shows are rebroadcast throughout the weekend, and my friends listen to that too. If the radio is off, then Fox News is on television. These are intelligent people, quite successful, but I just can't believe that they won't listen to a point of view that isn't one of their own.

I enjoy Rush, Beck, Savage and even our local guy - in small doses. I don't agree with all that they say, but sometimes they make some sense. So do others who lean more to the left. Side note: I think one of the left's biggest enemies is that fat pig Michael Moore. He's a poor representation of their cause.

The only way we'll ever have a modicum of common-sense discourse in the media is if people would just make the tiniest effort to learn...and that applies to the likes of Rush, Beck, Malkin as well as lawyers, salespeople, teachers, farmers, factory workers...

May 31, 2008 at 8:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This reminds me -- in reverse -- of what happened when Disney's "Aladdin" was released back in the '90s. The Arab-American Antidiscrimination Committee complained that the villains in the film -- set in Arabia -- looked "too Arab." Disney caved in and redrew some of the villains. I wonder if Malkin is gonna call Disney and have them redrawn again?

Do I now have to avoid Amal's and Aladdin's restaurants in the South Hills or risk being blacklisted?

This is another case of some nimrod saying something controversial to get attention, and having it work. Applause to ESPN for having the guts and common sense to fire Mark Madden for making his "Ted Kennedy" remark.

May 31, 2008 at 10:06 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

Do you think she's related to Evgeni?

May 31, 2008 at 1:07 PM  
Blogger PRIguy said...

Walt Disney has always been a leader in tolerance and race relations.

May 31, 2008 at 1:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Disney maybe a leader, but they also cave in quickly to even minor pressure. They changed the "Pirates of the Caribbean" ride long before the movie in response to complaints that the animatronic buccaneers were drinking and wenching. Too bad Disney doesn't run Congress.

May 31, 2008 at 5:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The idea of Malkin was silly as it appears. But I find it interesting that Mr. Hundt condemns the right based on Malkin, but that is ok, while it is wrong to blame Islamic fundamentalism for Osama bin Laden. Are not both arguments painting one group with the actions of a few?

May 31, 2008 at 7:19 PM  
Blogger PRIguy said...

I was being sarcastic about Disney. Old Walt was a rabid anti-Semite and a flat-out bigot. Have you ever seen the scene with the crows in Dumbo? If that movie were made today, the ACLU, NAACP, PETA and God knows how many other alphabet groups would be on Disney like Rachel Ray on a bad scarf.

I'm sure the Disney company has kowtowed to many special interest groups; there's far too much money to be made to not kiss a little ass.

Sometimes I think people have too much time on their hands. When Disney released the Lion King movie, GLAAD, PETA, NAACP and NOW were all up in arms because the movie, in their view, was anti-gay (Scar, the brother of the king, was an angry killer, unable to produce an heir to the throne because, well, he "couldn't"); cruel to animals (any time an animal is shown doing anything other than frolicking in a dewy meadow, they're on it); racist (Whoopi Goldberg's character was too ghetto, and the other hyenas were stereotyped Latinos); and anti-woman (the females did all the hunting and the males slept all day, waiting to eat what the gals brought home). Facts: Jeremy Irons, gay man, played Scar. It's a cartoon about animals in Africa - animals stampede, they eat each other, and they die. Would that mouthy liberal bitch Goldberg lend her name and "talents" to something racist? What about Cheech Marin, one of the hyena voices, a man whose made a career out of stereotyping Latinos? And if people had done some research, my original point in my first post, they would learn that in real life, the female lion does the hunting, and yes, God forbid, the male stays home waiting to eat what she brings back.

It still comes down to people practicing the old adage, "Check brain before engaging mouth."

June 1, 2008 at 9:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, Walt Disney was racist at a time when it was "OK" to be racist. Just like Kennedy was president at a time when it was OK for politicians to to have mistresses. I don't resent people pointing out obvious acts of racism, sexism or other discrimination. I get tired of people seeing terrorists under the bed but turning a blind eye to the human rights violations that the Bush administration is behind. And taking offense at "stereotyping" has gone too far: remember when Wiccans complained that the Disney film "Hocus Pocus" portrayed witches in a bad light? And all the ruckus over sports teams with 'Anti-Native American" names like "Braves?" I could see if they were called the Atlanta Custer Killers.

Look -- I'm overweight, nearly 60 and have a 2:1 ratio of skin to hair on my head. If someone calls me a fat old bald guy, they're correct. Right now I'm worried about my kid finding a job and me paying for gasoline.

June 1, 2008 at 2:02 PM  
Blogger miss bess said...

I just love that you're bringing back the term "butt wipe." I haven't seen it in a while. Nice usage!

June 3, 2008 at 8:44 PM  

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