Last week, TLC horrified us all with the most uncomfortable kiss in pop culture history. (Dream on, you Jersey Shore kids.) Now, it has the audacity to suggest that not all Muslims are terrorists with its series All-American Muslim. Do these people know no limits?
The Florida Family Association is attempting to shut down the reality show by petitioning the advertisers. You can get an idea of the rhetoric in the group's emails through this Florida Family Association statement:
"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. 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."
Apparently the crazy ramblings of a bunch of xenophobic retirees proved persuasive for Lowe's, which pulled its ads this week. Lowe's says it didn't pull the ads due to one group's complaints, but the Florida Family Association claims to have evidence suggesting otherwise. The organization posted a letter, allegedly from a Lowe's rep, reading, "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 that you brought to our attention. Lowe's will no longer be advertising on that program."
The Florida Family Association is further insisting that it won Home Depot and Sweet'n Low over, but both companies are countering that they only bought one ad during the show. Meanwhile, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee has proved itself as the only voice of sanity thus far in this whole debacle. Here's its statement:
"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."
The committee further asked its members to contact Lowe's about the incident and support the TLC show. Which sounds pretty jihadist, wouldn't you say?