DEFEND OUR AMERICAN VALUES: TELL THESE COMPANIES TO FIGHT BACK AGAINST BIGOTRY AND FEAR-MONGERING BY PUBLICLY REPUDIATING CALLS TO STOP ADVERTISING DURING TLC'S "ALL-AMERICAN MUSLIM"
•These bigoted viewpoints reek of self-interest, and far from represent the American mainstream, nor do they speak for any political party.
•The visible aim of those who have threatened the show's supporters is to propagate hatred against fellow Americans because of their religious beliefs, while increasing the success of their own bigoted industries. Ultimately, it is these same critics who have often touted the question: "where are the mainstream Muslims?" We believe that "All-American Muslim" portrays just that - mainstream American Muslims - and that these critics should celebrate an effort like this, not condemn it. Yet their reactions leave no more proof necessary of their actual, hate-mongering intentions. And we believe that America and our American companies are above that.
•To date, Lowe’s has been the only company that has allegedly caved in to bigoted pressure, going on record to state that it would not continue to advertise during "All-American Muslim" because the TV show “did not meet its advertiser guidelines. [Lowe's] will pull [its] advertising on shows if [it] learn[s] there are issues raised from a broad spectrum of customers and viewers who represent multiple perspectives, which Lowe's understands was the case in this situation with this particular show." As yet, it is unclear as to which "multiple perspectives" were represented in the complaints, and such information has not been made available to the public eye. This raises grave concerns about the integrity behind the decision.
•Lowe’s Chairman, Robert A. Niblock, recently pointed out that "while leadership is always important, it’s even more critical in challenging times.” He’s right. We ask that you show true leadership by ensuring that you do not cave in to support for this bigotry, and by letting the public know that your company will not bow to the demands of any bigoted interests, but will instead defend our cherished American values of pluralism, respect, a prevention of discrimination based on race and religion, and an openness to learn about the other without the flawed industries of fear, hatred, and intimidation reigning over us as a society.
•As concerned Americans and as your consumers, we request that you stand up for our American values, and fight back against bigotry and fear-mongering, by publicly repudiating calls to stop advertising during TLC's "All-American Muslim".
"All-American Muslim" premiered in November to critical acclaim from the New York Times, the Guardian, NPR, Time Magazine, the Atlantic, USA Today, and others, to mention in posts and articles from notable conservatives such as Melissa Crawley of Daily Republican News, blogger Matt Lewis of the Daily Caller (who invited and interviewed an "All-American Muslim" cast member,) and Andrew Breitbart's Big Hollywood, and to a record 1.7 million viewers. Yet no sooner had it premiered that the anti-Islam/Islamophobia industry frantically urged their supporters to contact the network's advertisers, and to demand that they pull their commercial spots from that hour on TLC, in an attempt to strangle the show off of the air. Before a single advertiser could confirm or deny their position, the Florida Family Association touted that advertisers were fleeing the show "like rats from a sinking ship", clearly aware that the greatest advantage of this invented "whisper campaign" lies in its ability to plant the seeds of doubt in the minds of future advertisers for the show.
Let it be known that the virus of extremism is not exclusive to any one group of people, as is increasingly evident from the hate-mongering climate that has gripped some across our nation. And that mainstream American voices, of all backgrounds, are our most viable cure today. It is time for all of us as Americans to once again say no to hate-mongering and bigotry. United, we must reach out to the corporate executives and decision-makers of these big brands - from Home Depot to T-Mobile, Amway to Stop & Shop - to get their positions on the record, while demanding that they publicly repudiate bigoted calls to stop advertising during "All-American Muslim". We believe that a concerted effort to gain the support of these companies can force steam out of a bigoted industry - that aims to cause deeper rifts between Americans and between global citizens.
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Lowe's Pulls Ads From 'All-American Muslim' After Christianist Complaints
The woman pictured above is one of the Muslims featured in the new TLC reality show, All-American Muslim. According to TLC:
All-American Muslim takes a look at life in Dearborn, Michigan--home to the largest mosque in the United States--through the lens of five Muslim American families.
Each episode offers an intimate look at the customs and celebrations, misconceptions and conflicts these families face outside and within their own community.
On its Twitter feed, the home improvement retail company said Friday in response to a tweet: "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."
A Lowe's spokeswoman later told The Hollywood Reporter: "We understand the program raised concerns, complaints or issues from multiple sides of the viewer spectrum, which we found after doing research of news articles and blogs covering the show. We based our decision to pull the advertising on this research and after hearing the concerns we received through emails, calls, through social media and in news reports."
Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/2011/12/lowes-pulls-ads-from-all-american-muslim-after-christianist-complaints.html#ixzz1gAaCPCZD