Bowing to right-wing pressure, dozens of advertisers have pulled their ads from the TLC show All-American Muslim because… Muslims, I guess? I’ve only seen the show once, and it’s basically what you’d expect: A reality show about a bunch of Muslim people in Michigan. And being that there are a lot of Muslims in the U.S., and a large concentration of Muslims specifically in Dearborn, there are a bunch of different kinds of Muslim people featured on the show. One dude really loves football. One woman is a hot blond who wants to open a nightclub, but her traditional mother isn’t having it. One woman wears a headscarf but is best friends with the hot blond. In other words, like the vast majority of the millions of Muslims in the world, the folks on the show have interests and hobbies and friendships and lives that do not in fact involve being terrorists; they are human beings who, shockingly, do not construct their entire existences around their religion. They are human beings who live out their belief systems differently, just like human beings who follow every other religion everywhere. But that’s a problem, I guess? Because here’s what the Florida Family Association had to say about it:
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.
Anyway, the companies who pulled their ads include Lowe’s, Bank of America, the Campbell Soup Co., Dell, Estee Lauder, General Motors, Goodyear, Green Mountain Coffee, McDonalds, Sears, and Wal-Mart. So many don’t give your money to those companies this holiday season? Or call Lowe’s CEO Robert Niblock at (704) 758-2084 or Executive Support Mr. Andrew Kilby at (866) 900-4650 and let them know what you think about this decision (keep it respectful, please).