OPINIONATRIX…because my opinions dominate

I have never been able to jump on the Michael Phelps bandwagon, and after this weeks past events I finally feel justified.   It isn’t that I don’t recognize Phelps’ phenomenal abilities in the pool, I just never wavered from the belief that he was, in fact, human.  Not much good ever comes from putting anyone high up on a pedestal (especially if said person is as young as Phelps), because as an adoring public we will inevitably suffer a let down.

So, it has come to pass, Michael Phelps was caught – on camera – smoking pot and has since been suffering the fallout: a 3 month suspension by USA Swimming, and a release from his  endorsement contracts with both Kellogs and Subway.  Many of his other endorsement deals are still on track, but this is an undeniable blow to the Michael Phelps fan-base.

Many (including some of his sponsors) have come to his defense.  It’s true, Phelps is hardly the first 23 year old to get high, but he does deserve the criticism garnered for his actions.  By signing on to various endorsement deals and positioning himself as a role model and “all-American hero” to millions of children he needs to accept the responsibility that goes along with that.  Phelps could have receded into society after the Beijing games, and gone back to being an average citizen.  Instead, he decided on a different path, and thus agreed to the unspoken terms that his actions would have to live up to a higher standard.

Furthermore, this is not Phelps’ first transgression.  He has slipped up before; obtaining a DUI in 2004 and being photographed with strippers earlier this year.  String the 3 together and Phelps looks more like a frat boy and less like a fish.  Michael Phelps may be king of the pool, but on land – he’s just an average guy.


Rachel Ray has always annoyed me. I just don’t understand how a woman who throws together some sauteed chicken, steamed vegetables and a wild rice has become America’s “go to” woman for cooking advice. I also find her Ray-isms contrived and really cumbersome. If I hear “Yumm-o” or “EVOO” one more time in a conversation I might just strangle someone.

All this being said, I would never go as far as to compare her to a terrorist. Who could be afraid of Rachel Ray? Well apparently the right wing bloggosphere (being led by Michelle Malkin). Malkin, came out against Rachel Ray’s recent Dunkin Donuts commercial because she thought the scarf around Ray’s neck looked like a keffiyeh. Yeah, this is true… I know, I can’t believe it either.

For those of you who don’t know the definition of a keffiyeh, it is (as described by wikipedia):

a traditional headdress of Arab men, made of a square of cloth (“scarf”), usually cotton, folded and wrapped in various styles

Here is Malkin’s definition:

the traditional scarf of Arab men that has come to symbolize murderous Palestinian jihad. Popularized by Yasser Arafat and a regular adornment of Muslim terrorists appearing in beheading and hostage-taking videos, the apparel has been mainstreamed by both ignorant (and not-so-ignorant) fashion designers, celebrities, and left-wing icons

Does the right wing bloggosphere really believe the American people to be so undereducated that we would mistake Rachel Ray in a Donut commercial for a terrorist. And furthermore, a keffiyeh is nothing more than a traditional part of Islamic garb. Would there have been such a firestorm had Rachel Ray been wearing a hat that resembled a yarmulke or a necklace that looked like a cross?

Well, amazingly (and disappointingly), Dunkin Donuts has pulled the ad. WOW, this is so ridiculous I am at a loss for words. What made Dunkin Donuts so spineless… did they really think people would stop buying coffee and donuts because they mistook Rachel Ray for a terrorist trying to spread anti-American sentiments?

Well I was never Dunkin Donuts fan to begin with so I guess I’ll just chalk this up as one more reason to continue to frequent Starbucks for all my coffee needs.

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