Dunkin’ Donuts has canceled an ad campaign for iced coffee featuring TV food-show host Rachael Ray because she is shown wearing a scarf that some conservative bloggers insisted looked like a keffiyeh, a traditional Arab headdress. In her blog, Michelle Malkin said that similar scarves were worn by Yasser Arafat and a host of jihadists in beheading and hostage-taking videos. By featuring one of the newly fashionable scarves, Malkin said, Ray and Dunkin’ Donuts were contributing “to the mainstreaming of violence—unintentionally or not.’’ The donut chain said it was pulling the ads “because of the possibility of misperception.” Ray’s spokesman called the controversy “ridiculous.”
A Miami plastic surgeon has written a children’s book explaining why Mommy is getting a nose job or breast implants. My Beautiful Mommy, written by Dr. Michael Salzhauer, depicts a mom telling her daughter that she’ll look different after she comes home from her surgery. “Why are you going to look different?” the girl asks. Mom responds: “Not just different, my dear—prettier!” Salzhauer says he targeted the book to kids ages 4 to 7.
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