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Rachael Ray is a fashion terrorist?

May 28, 2008 |  1:05 pm

Rr It's a slow news day indeed when the conservatives attack Rachael Ray for wearing a kaffiyeh-style scarf in a Dunkin' Donuts ad.

Even more disquieting is the fact that Dunkin' Donuts quickly yanked the ad. reports the controversy -- including Fox News commentator MichelleBecks Malkin, who spewed: "The kaffiyeh, for the clueless, is the traditional scarf of Arab men that has come to symbolize murderous Palestinian jihad."

Um, for Malkin -- who is beyond clueless -- the kaffiyeh has been worn by many a Parisian grad student and dozens of celebrities -- including Colin Farrell, David Beckham (above),Chrismooregettybalenciaga  Kirsten Dunst and both Olsen twins.

The scarf even showed up on the Balenciaga runway (right) and later sold for more than $1,000. That doesn't strip the scarf of its political origins, but it shouldn't be deemed a symbol of jihad fever either. Guess the Rage had better retire her khaki "Castro" cap before some silly right-winger calls her a "fashion don't" and a "commie."

photos: Rachael Ray, courtesy of Dunkin' Donuts; Beckham, Getty Images; Balenciaga, Chris Moore, Getty Images.