Another Example of Middle-East Ignorance

Dunkin’ Donuts removes ‘terror scarf’ ad – The US chain Dunkin’ Donuts has pulled an advert following complaints that the scarf worn by a celebrity chef offered symbolic support for Islamic extremism.

She was wearing a black-and-white checked scarf around her neck that resembled a traditional Arab keffiyeh.

This fashion choice incensed at least one prominent conservative blogger, who said it evoked extremist videos.

The blogger called the garment “a regular adornment of Muslim terrorists appearing in beheading and hostage-taking videos”.

People really do need to get more educated on these issues. Do the majority of people not realise that there is a difference between Arabs and Muslims – let alone Muslims and extremists?

As a white middle classer who has recently decided to learn Arabic, I get a lot of odd, angry stares when I (attempt to) talk to the local Arab immigrants. However, I just ignore these ignorant people… just like Dunkin’ Donuts should have.

Edit: Here is the blog post from said “prominent conservative blogger”. Watch out, it’s scary over there!