May 23, 2008

Rachael Ray: Not Every Scarf is a Kaffiyeh

Charles Johnson notes this Dunkin Donuts ad campaign featuring Rachael Ray. He and others think that the neckwear worn by Ray looks like a kaffiyeh, the scarf that is a symbol of Palestinian "resistance". I don't see it.

Kaffiyeh's are generally checkerboard patterned, although there are some variations. Compare Rachel Ray's scarf with the one worn by Hugo Chavez as a sign of solidarity with Palestinian terrorists.

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Or the one worn by Howard Dean, head of the Democratic party.

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Not every black and white scarf is a kaffiyah. If anything, it appears to me that Rachel Ray is trying to look French where scarf wearing has always been considered somewhat en vogue.

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So, on the positive side it doesn't appear to be a keffiyah to me. On the minus side it does make her look French.

You decide which is worse.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:57 AM | Comments |