Do Dunkin Donuts and Rachael Ray support terrorism? Yes, that's an amazingly stupid question, but it was asked over and over again in the past few days by conservative bloggers. Inspired by rightwing nut commentator Michelle Malkin, conservatives had a collective fit over a scarf Ray wore in a commercial for the donut company. Malkin & Co. said Ray's scarf which was black-and-white with a paisley design looked too much like a keffiyah, or, as Malkin described it, "the traditional scarf of Arab men that has come to symbolize murderous Palestinian jihad" or, as you and I may know it, "that thing Yassir Arafat always wore."
So, in case you thought conservatives' paranoid outlook and tone-deafness toward other cultures were getting better, think again. The result of the conservatives' campaign? Dunkin Donuts gave in to the bloggers' lunacy and pulled the commercial.
Malkin praised DD for caving in to her and her Brownshirts' demands, writing, "When [fashion statements] lead to the mainstreaming of violence, they matter . . . In post-9/11 America, vigilance must never go out of style." A million jokes can be made out of this kind of madness, but the bottom line is that Malkin and her horde of ignoroid supporters are cultural fascists, pure and simple. Which brings up one of my favorite quotations: "Although it is not true that all conservatives are stupid people, it is true that most stupid people are conservative." - John Stuart Mill, British political philosopher, 1806-1873