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A Starbucks poster raised more than balloons when it pictured women wearing Armenian taraz, one woman carrying a takeout cup of Starbucks coffee, all of the women looking happily up into a sky full of balloons which sported the Turkish star and crescent. The ad which raised the ire of the Armenian community, has since, Marash Girl is told, been removed, but Marash Girl is dismayed to observe that after 100 years, the public, in the person of a Starbucks public relation firm, does not know the truth about the Armenian Genocide! Can you imagine such a photo of Jewish folks looking happily up at balloons covered with German swastikas?
The faux pas reminded Marash Girl of the day she introduced herself, giving her full name ending in "ian". "What kind of a name is that?" asked the new acquaintance. "Armenian," Marash Girl replied, grinning. "Oh, I know!" said the new acquaintance proudly. "You're Turkish!"