Friday, May 30, 2008

Xenophobia or Patriotism?

At the behest of Michelle Malkin, an arch right wing conservative, Dunkin' Donuts has pulled this online ad. Why, you ask?

Is it because Dunkin' Donuts regrets advertising fatty foods that are raising the obesity numbers in the US?

Nope. It is because the fringed black-and-white scarf that the celebrity chef wore in the ad apparently offers symbolic support for Muslim extremism and terrorism!

Now as for Michelle Malkin who is Asian, she may remind ignorant people of North Korea (the so called "axis of evil") - so should she be banned from becoming a "mainstream" of the US culture? Let's see, how about wearing a red scarf - that's symbolic of the communist governments. Or if one wears red, green, and yellow - that's symbolic of the dictator Robert Mugabe. Oh, how about the colors "red, white, and blue" which appear on the Cuban flag?

But, more importantly the scarf (Keffieyh) is simply a design worn by a number of Arab countries - not a symbol of terrorism. This is another sad example of the xenophobia, racism, and cultural ignorance that exists and mars the beauty and the truth of the USA. Naturally most Americans are lovely and warm (indicative of the comments here) - but that does not take away from the fact that racism, xenophobia, hatred against humanity is alive and well in the US - as it is in many other countries in the world.