Update #1 -- sometimes the Malkinites and her ilk remind me of Nathan Poe's law:
Without a winking smiley or other blatant display of humor, it is impossible to create a parody of Fundamentalism that SOMEONE won't mistake for the real thing.
Update #2--BoingBoing published proof that Malkin was right. Wink, wink.
When I read that Michelle Malkin and Little Green Footballs thought that the woman pictured left were "casually promot[ing] the symbol of Palestinian terrorism and the intifada, the kaffiyeh," (with the title of Mainstreaming Terrorism to Sell Doughnuts, yet) I wondered what the readers of those blogs had been drinking. Not coffee, evidently.
The woman is Rachel Ray, who has a sort of fast-easy cooking empire. The fringed -scarf -looped -around -the -neck-and-hanging-down look was ubiquitious in England, and I see it a lot on cooler days here in the Bay Area--especially with tshirts.
Check out this spread from BleuDame showing a lot of scarves worn just that way.
The Arab-American News reports that the kuffiyeh-style scarves have hit urban chic:
"Everybody is wearing them on the street," said Thompson, 41, whose main display in the storefront window is a female mannequin wearing a stylized purple hooded sweatshirt, a matching baseball hat, and a black and white kuffiyeh, the scarf's traditional name. "They wear anything in style; they don't even know the meaning."
The kuffiyeh, traditionally a symbol of Palestinian nationalism, is gaining popularity in hip-hop fashion in New York, Washington, D.C., San Francisco and other cities — and losing its potent symbolism in the process. Mainstream artists like Kanye West, Justin Timberlake and Chris Brown have sported the checkered Middle Eastern scarf in recent months, fueling a long-running debate on the commercial adoption of the politically charged square fabric popularized by Yasser Arafat, Hamas militants and others.
"People like Jay-Z, Jermaine Dupri and other mainstream hip-hop guys wearing it is the new development," said Ted Swedenburg, a professor of anthropology at the University of Arkansas who has studied the kuffiyeh and its place in American fashion. "The tendency is towards diluting the political message."
I seriously doubt that either Ray or Dunkin' Donuts chose the scarf. Some stylist on the ad shoot--probably politically naive--draped it around Ray's neck to give her a little urban edge.
Malkin and LGF's readers need to get out more.