Have we really fallen so far down the rabbit hole that Dunkin’ Donuts has fearfully withdrawn a commercial because Michelle Malkin imagined that Rachael Ray was wearing a keffiyeh, the traditional scarf worn by Middle Easterners? (5/30, Opinion, “Celebrities should know violence is never chic”.) Have we now entered the era of neo-McCarthyism fearmongering and prejudice?
I’m surprised that Malkin failed to notice that the trees in the background of the commercial have pink blossoms — an obvious reference to communism that should result in the blossoms being immediately removed and blacklisted.
I am an ardent supporter of free speech, and I like to read views that are opposed to my own. However, Malkin’s columns have descended to the level of irrational diatribes that do not deserve publication anywhere.
I pray that someday soon we will wake up and see what has happened to us. When one person, who spends most of her time shouting hate from the lunatic fringe, can cause a major American company to pull an ad because the spokesperson wears a scarf that “appeared to be a keffiyeh” (which it was not), then things have gone too far.
The scarf didn’t even look like the Palestinian headgear Michelle Malkin refers to. And yet, Dunkin’ Donuts is forced to pull the ad faster than John McCain can dump a lobbyist.
We have lost touch with the things that really matter and we spend too much time listening to the people who really don’t.
Herb H. White
This neo-McCarthyism over the keffiyeh needs to stop. What’s next, planting car bombs against the Shriners because they wear the red fez and have scimitars in their logo? Our troops wear keffiyehs in Iraq and Afghanistan because they block sun, sand and wind.
Want to get away from a terrorist-acquiescing attitude? I have some suggestions to help relieve our collective American psyche: Drive less, don’t buy Chinese products, take down your rebel flag and give land back to American Indians.
If this keffiyeh debate has roots in our Christian nation supporting a Jewish one, then how about the Judeo-Christian adages of a. let those without sin cast the first stone and b. it’s hard to see the splinter in your brother’s eye when you have a 2-by-4 sticking out of yours.