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Michelle Malkin Should Be Taken Off the Air

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This bugs the hell out of me. With actors, radio hosts and newscasters forced to go off the air due to a single slip of the tongue, how come Fox commentator Michelle Malkin isn’t getting stripped of her job for fueling a ridiculous argument about a Muslim headscarf that isn’t even close to being an actual Muslim headscarf. And if it were a Muslim headscarf, who… the… fuck… cares? And even if she cares – even if you care – who… the… fuck… cares?

If you somehow haven’t heard about this, Malkin, a right-wing psycho (I can only assume), said that the scarf Rachael Ray wears in a recent Dunkin’ Donuts commercials looks like a kiffiyeh, a Middle Eastern garb that is “popularized by Yasser Arafat and a regular adornment of Muslim terrorists appearing in beheading and hostage-taking videos.”

Um, seriously?

Listen, if she feels this way, fine, and normally I wouldn’t call for her dismissal or even a boycott. She’s practically declared that she is a bigot and an idiot. But, considering this day and age where every little misstatement results in the end of someone’s career, how is this not worse?

First, the scarf isn’t a Muslim scarf. It’s just a scarf.

Two, even if it is a Muslim scarf, how is that succumbing to terrorists? How does it even relate to Muslims? What is wrong with Muslims?

Three, why should Malkin reasonably assume that the scarf is intended by either Ray or Dunkin’ Donuts to be a symbol of terrorism? Look at the picture – it just doesn’t make sense.

Oh, and shame on Dunkin’ Donuts for actually pulling the ad. Corporations need to stand up to absurd accusations and fight back. I actually have less respect for them now that they’ve bowed to pressure – but how much pressure were they actually receiving? Preposterous.

By Erik Samdahl
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  • Dawn

    LOL, No, I hadn’t heard about this, but you’re right on target: I vote to have you to take Malkin’s place on Fox…but then again, you probably aren’t a right-wing assh***. Nice post.

  • http://filmjabber scott

    You’ve said just what I’ve been thinking for almost a week now with one exception– Rachel Ray should file a restraint of trade suit against Malkin. The Fox thugs tend to forget that they get away with telling outright lies about political figures because of generally sensible laws that prohibit members of the government from punishing the public over criticism. Trying to turn Rachel Ray into a political figure, however, doesn’t make her one; not legally and (come on, now) not aestheticly. Being a spokesmodel is one of the two things (that we know of) that she does to make money. Tainting her bankability for make-believe news purposes is definitely actionable ( see Carol Burnett Vs. The National Enquirer; remember the spectacle of having to drag Henry Kissinger away doing something important just to say, for the record, that Burnett wasn’t drunkenly spilling things all over him at a formal dinner?).

  • http://www.filmjabber.com Erik Samdahl

    Hi Scott, you make a good point. It’s about time people start standing up to these Fox commentators.

  • http://www.filmjabber.com Erik Samdahl

    Dawn, you don’t think I’m a right-wing asshole? What gives you that impression? ;o)

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