When I called her an idiot before, I meant it as a dismissive insult rather than a reflection of fact. Hopelessly partisan and reliably wrong, yes definitely, but I always thought that there was at least a working brain beneath her thick skull. Now with this Dunkin Donuts thing (and I can't believe I'm linking that), I'm not so sure.
What exactly is her point, I wonder?
She doesn't seem to be arguing that Dunkin Donuts and Rachel Ray secretly support terrorists by wearing terrorist-style clothes in their commercials, so at least we don't have to deal with that ridiculousness. (OMG, Osama got to Rachel Ray!)
She doesn't even seem to be arguing that Rachel Ray was even wearing a keffiyeh, just that the (apparently paisley) scarf only "appeared to be a black-and-white keffiyeh."
She then goes on to explain why the keffiyeh is so offensive:
The keffiyeh, for the clueless, is the traditional scarf of Arab men that has come to symbolize murderous Palestinian jihad. 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.One word: Weak!
I'm not going to deny that most Westerners associate keffiyehs with the "murderous Palestinian jihad," but it's also the "traditional scarf of Arab men." Ignorant Westerners, who think all Arabs are terrorists, see a keffiyeh and automatically think Yassir Arafat!
But the only information the presence of a keffiyeh gives us is: Arab male. It's unfair to say that all terrorists wear keffiyehs, because I'm pretty sure the Tim McVey and Eric Rudolph, two American terrorists, didn't wear them. Nor did the IRA in Ireland or the FARC in Columbia. It's equally unfair to say that everyone who wears keffiyehs are terrorists.
Context matters. Yes, Michelle, if you see a guy wearing a keffiyeh in a beheading video, chances are he's a terrorist. What was your first clue? The keffiyeh, or the big fucking knife in his hand?
But Rachel Ray wearing a keffiyeh (if indeed it was a keffiyeh) in a Dunkin Donuts commercial? I think it's safe to say the intent is probably benign. Unless you think trying to sell coffee and donuts is evil.
And if you can't tell the difference between a murderous jihadi and a celebrity pitchwoman, you're an idiot. Either you're being intentionally bull-headed to score some points, or you're just fucking dumb.
I do have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed Dunkin Donuts' response to Malkin's intrepid attempt at "reporting." The gist:
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 as close to a "fuck you" as you're going to get from the PR office of a corporate entity with a legal department.
Reworded, it might read something like this: "Thanks for giving me the opportunity to set you straight. It wasn't a keffiyeh, dummy. If Rachel Ray was an Arab man wearing a checkered pattern on her head, I can see how you'd be confused. But it was a paisley scarf worn around the neck of an American woman. A keffiyeh? Yeah, only if you change the definition of a keffiyeh. Since you can't tell the difference between an ugly scarf, and we'll admit it was ugly, from the rag on Yassir Arafat's head, we're pulling the ad in favor a campaign featuring Sesame Street characters teaching children of all ages their numbers, letters, and colors. We hope you will find these new ads more your speed. If you find them just as confusing, however, please have a parent or guardian contact us again. Your donut overlords, Dunkin Donuts Mgmt."
If the Graeme Frost incident didn't convince you, perhaps this one will. Don't let Michelle Malkin do your thinking for you!
If you're not arguing for home equity loans as the path to affordable healthcare, you're going to start mistaking the host of TV cooking shows with suicide bombers. Either way, you are going to be poorly served.