Monday, May 26, 2008

The insidious paisley scarves of the nefarious Left

Take a look at this picture:

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As a normal person, no doubt you see Rachel Rachael Ray with a black-and-white paisley scarf around her neck, holding a cup of Dunkin' Donuts coffee. Whatever your opinion of Rachel Rachael Ray or Dunkin' Donuts or black-and-white paisley scarves might happen to be, that's all you see, because that's all that's there.

But the Bizarre Mind of the Right-Wing Fringe sees something quite different. The Bizarre Mind of the Right-Wing Fringe sees Rachel Rachael Ray wearing a keffiyeh, a symbol (to that mind) of hatred, terrorism, and anti-Semitism.

A reasonable response from Dunkin' Donuts on multiple blogs pointing out that it's an American silk paisley scarf, not a Palestinian chainlink-patterned cotton/wool keffiyeh, had absolutely no effect. Of course not. Once the Bizarre Mind of the Right-Wing Fringe is made up, it is invulnerable to reason. The comments sections of various right-wing blogs quickly filled with angry speculation about who was the responsible "Marxist": Ray, Dunkin' Donuts, the stylist, the photographer, etc.

With no hope of convincing the Bizarre Mind of the Right-Wing Fringe of anything as simple as the truth (a. it's not a keffiyeh and b. it's effin' paisley anyway FFS), Dunkin' Donuts pulled the ad, stating (I'm paraphrasing), "It's a lot easier to just pull the ad than to argue with stupid people."

Thanks to the Bizarre Mind of the Right-Wing Fringe, America is safe once more from the insidious paisley scarves of the nefarious Left! (As long as John McCain doesn't become president, anyway.)

(Initial h/t: alicublog)

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