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 â€œpopularized by Yasser Arafat and a regular adornment of Muslim terrorists appearing in beheading and hostage-taking videos.â€
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.