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News Thu May 29 2008
The Chicago Tribune is reporting that Dunkin' Donuts has canceled an ad with Rachel Ray because the black-and-white scarf with fringe that's draped around her neck looks too similar to a keffiyah, the wrap traditionally worn by Arab men. The company got too much flak from conservative critics and bloggers, who managed to look beyond the paisley print to see something more sinister. The L.A. Times's blog All the Rage puts the scarf in perspective, with photos of other celebrities wearing actual keffiyahs. Writer Monica Corcoran points out that "the kaffiyeh has been worn by many a Parisian grad student and dozens of celebrities -- including Colin Farrell, David Beckham, Kirstin Dunst and both of the Olsen twins." What's worse for Rachel is that at the New York Observer, there's speculation that hipsters will have to burn their keffiyehs now that they're associated with her.