Friday, May 30, 2008

Carlyle Group Burned by "Jihadi Chic" Iced Coffee Ad

The Carlyle Group suffered its latest management gaffe when affiliate Dunkin Brands pulled its Rachael Ray ad. They did so after conservative bloggers complained about her scarf resembling those worn by Palestinian resisters. While not on the order of the collapse of Carlyle Capital on the Amsterdam exchange or Boeing's jettisoning of a joint venture due to poor performance, one might expect the owner of Nielsen Media to test all angles of a production promotion. That Carlyle owns numerous internet media companies only ads to the conundrum. Invincible? It seems they have at least three chinks in their armor.