An online ad for Dunkin’ Donuts featuring Rachael Ray has been pulled due to complaints over the black-and-white scarf that she is seen wearing in the advertisement.
The ad was featured on the company’s web site as well as other large internet sites.
Some people believe that her wearing the scarf, which resembles the black-and-white checkered kaffiyeh, is a sign of symbolic support for Muslim extremism and terrorism thus Dunkin’ Donuts has decided to stop running the ad.
Dunkin’ Donuts said that the scarf actually had a paisley design, and was selected by a stylist for the advertising
The ad was pulled off the internet over the weekend, after being introduced onto the internet back on May 7th. In a statement the company said that “the possibility of misperception detracted from its original intention to promote our iced coffee.”
Ray was announced as the new spokeswomen for the coffee and baked goods chain last year.