From Entertainment Weekly's website:
Lowe's pulls ads from "All-American Muslim" after "ordinary" portrayal protested
A TLC reality show offering a positive portrayal of Muslim life has
come under protest and at least one advertiser has pulled its support.
Hardware store giant Lowe’s has yanked ads from the series after the
Florida Family Association encouraged members to email the program’s
“The show profiles only Muslims that appear to be ordinary folks
while excluding many Islamic believers whose agenda poses a clear and
present danger to liberties and traditional values that the majority of
Americans cherish,” the group said
about the show, a docu-soap chronicling everyday Muslim families in
Dearborn, Michigan that debuted last month. “Clearly this program is
attempting to manipulate Americans into ignoring the threat of jihad and
to influence them to believe that being concerned about the jihad
threat would somehow victimize these nice people in this show.”
The organization posted a letter allegedly from a Lowe’s representative agreeing to pull its ads: “While
we continue to advertise on various cable networks, including TLC,
there are certain programs that do not meet Lowe’s advertising
guidelines, including the show you brought to our attention. Lowe’s will
no longer be advertising on that program.”
Lowe’s then acknowledged and defended
its decision on Twitter: “We did not pull our ads based solely on the
complaints or emails of any one group. It is never our intent to
alienate anyone. Lowe’s values diversity of thought in everyone,
including our employees and prospective customers.”
Florida Family Association also suggested Home Depot and Sweet’n Low
have been scared off, but emails posted from the companies say they only
bought one ad each in the first place. All told, the organization
claims its email campaign has convinced 65 companies to stop advertising
with the show.
Now the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee has weighed in
and is calling on its membership to support the show — and to contact
Lowe’s. “Sadly corporations, such as Lowe’s, have succumbed to the
idiocracy of such garbage campaigns, which are orchestrated by groups
and organizations which lack credibility, legitimacy, and are founded on
the basic notions of bigotry and racism reminiscent of a shameful era
in this country’s history,” said the organization in a statement.
A TLC spokesperson wouldn’t discuss the protest, but told EW: “We stand behind the show All American Muslim and we’re happy the show has strong advertising support.”
Here's a link to the story.
Here's a story about Lowe's sort of apology.
From Kal Penn's Twitter feed: “Our next movie: ‘Harold & Kumar Do Not Go To @Lowes. Please take a sec to sign & support an all-American show.”