Lowe's pulls ads from 'All-American Muslim' after 'ordinary' portrayal protested
Samira Amen, who's featured in "All-American Muslim."
December 10th, 2011
09:10 PM ET

Lowe's pulls ads from 'All-American Muslim' after 'ordinary' portrayal protested

By James Hibberd, Entertainment Weekly

(Entertainment Weekly) – 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 advertisers.

“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.”

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Entertainment • Muslim

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    January 5, 2014 at 6:26 am |
  2. Ruth in Ohio


    December 18, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
  3. reality

    Muslims should kick out all the racist Americans from their countries because those American Nazis want to kill every Muslim in world. that's why they don't even want a normal American family to be shown on TV , they just want extremist Muslims to be on TV so that they could continue their war against all the Muslims and kill all Muslims.

    December 13, 2011 at 9:16 pm |
  4. ray

    the wolf would come in sheeps clothing. ever since reagan. bought down the wall in 1988 our lives have been a perpetual nightmare. im just saying.....i loved him as much as the next guy. but the facts are undeniable. before 1988. the wall was up. not one not one ! of these wreteches were here. now we got wall to wall third worlders.... hey truth. undeniable theat wall falling was the worst thing that could happen in retro....spect.

    December 13, 2011 at 7:26 pm |
    • ray

      before reagan the us was 95 percent white. we had only 20 countries or so to administrate. nobody came here. and are only trading partners was nato and and anglo countries. everything was functional and stable. since his introduction of globalisim our lives have been a total nightmare. our society is falling to freeking pieces. and the anglo culutre english christianity etc,,..,

      has nearly evaporated.

      December 13, 2011 at 7:33 pm |
    • John Richardson

      You are out of your mind.

      December 13, 2011 at 9:20 pm |
  5. ray

    why dont all non europeans return back to their country. instead of putting us through all this.

    December 13, 2011 at 7:21 pm |
  6. Freethinksman

    Anyone who makes day-to-day decisions based on belief in the supernatural should not be portrayed as "ordinary". Belief that a god or gods demand certain actions or beliefs is not just goofy, it's dangerous. In the last few years, we ordinary people have seen more and more of the "man behind the curtain". We've been shown the evil inner workings of Christian mega-churches, anti-intellectualy creation "science", antisocial Islamism, and the bizarre cultishness of mormonism. Ordinary people are fed up with irrationality, divinely inspired hate, and political manipulation by people who take neither credit nor blame for their actions, but pawn it off on the supernatural. Naturalism is ordinary. Supernaturalism is extraordinarily nasty.

    December 13, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  7. workitout

    ...aaannnnnddddd that's all JohnD's got. A lame insult. Good work, John D! You get a Gold Star!!!! Good Boy!!!

    December 13, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  8. workitout

    I'm a Christian, but after Lowes caved to the Crazies at the Florida Family "Only My Family Counts" Foundation, I'll spit out the window while I'm passing Lowe's by on my way to a local hardware store. I may pay more, but at least I know the crazies at the FFA don't hold any sway with them.
    Christian Fundamentalism is on it's way out. Those of you who espouse your fear and stupidness here are headed for the trash bin where you belong. And you'll see me clapping and waving while you're on your way down. Bigots all of you. And WAIT until Jesus hears what you're saying and doing. You'll be in for a biiiggg surprise, and it won't be one you've been expectin', y'all. Have a great day and good luck: you'll need it where you're going.

    December 13, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
    • Jenny

      @freethinksman – Amen! As an AMERICAN CONVERTED TO ISLAM... all I have to say to them is "What would Jesus do?"

      December 13, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  9. Reality

    Another information ad that all businesses should publish daily:

    Mohammed was an illiterate, womanizing, lust and greed-driven, warmongering, hallucinating Arab, who also had embellishing/hallucinating/plagiarizing scribal biographers who not only added "angels" and flying chariots to the koran but also a militaristic agenda to support the plundering and looting of the lands of non-believers.

    This agenda continues as shown by the ma-ssacre in Mumbai, the as-sas-sinations of Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh, the conduct of the seven Muslim doctors in the UK, the 9/11 terrorists, the 24/7 Sunni suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the 24/7 Shiite suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the Islamic bombers of the trains in the UK and Spain, the Bali crazies, the Kenya crazies, the Pakistani “koranics”, the Palestine suicide bombers/rocketeers, the Lebanese nutcases, the Taliban nut jobs, the Ft. Hood follower of the koran, and the Filipino “koranics”.

    And who funds this muck and stench of terror? The warmongering, Islamic, Shiite terror and torture theocracy of Iran aka the Third Axis of Evil and also the Sunni "Wannabees" of Saudi Arabia.

    Current crises:

    The Sunni-Shiite global blood feud and the warmongering, womanizing (11 wives), hallucinating founder.

    December 12, 2011 at 11:57 pm |
    • .........

      another post you should hit report abuse on

      December 13, 2011 at 6:25 am |
    • workitout

      Let's talk about the Crusades. Member them? EVERY religion is broken. NEXT argument please. This one is part lies / part just plain stupid.

      December 13, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  10. Mad The Swine

    I wish they'd get rid of this show.

    December 12, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  11. Sam Yaza

    wow Lowe’s said that. well I won’t be shopping there anymore. they are the bulk of Muslims in America, I see way more Christian fanatics then I have ever seen Muslim fanatics. In my highschool one of my class mates was betting to death for being a Muslim she was an honor student who dreamed of being a doctor her father worked as a CO and mother worked at the marine wildlife center they lived a very ordinary life until Christian fanatics killed their daughter. Lowe’s is prejudice. Fanaticism is less then 20% of Islam, it’s about 60% of Christians.

    December 12, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
    • Keith

      In case you haven't noticed, we are at war with radical islam. Not radical Christianity. Not radical bhuddists. Not radical Hindus. I say good for Lowes.

      December 12, 2011 at 7:10 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      Yes but “these are not the radicals you’re looking for”.

      December 12, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
    • Cheech

      Dave's not here, man.

      December 12, 2011 at 8:06 pm |
  12. Chris

    and instead we still ignore the clear and present danger presented by Christian fundamentalists in America...

    December 12, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
    • Keith


      December 12, 2011 at 7:11 pm |
    • Bob

      Why? did the fundies get under your undies?

      December 12, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
  13. James Vanderwall

    Since why is it such a issue if they pull their advertising? Companies receive emails, letters, etc from customers all the time about pulling their advertising because they are unhappy over a show. Does no one remember Beavis and Butthead, Teen Mom, Dallas, and other shows. Companies are here to make money and if their customers don't like something and request the companies pull their advertising, then its a companies right to resolve issues with their customers.

    December 12, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
  14. Jane Stevens Segal

    Shame on Lowe's for caving in to the religious bullies who seem to have turned Christianity into a weapon of bigotry, racism and xenophobia. Until they come to their senses, Lowe's has lost a customer.

    December 12, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
    • Keith

      They'll gain more than they'll lose. Take your business elsewhere if you want.

      December 12, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
    • HellBent

      @Keith – so there's more intolerant, ignorant bigots in this country than there are reason people who will stand up against such obvious xenophobia? Sad.

      December 13, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
  15. GSA

    Good Ol' Catholic and Christian beliefs, forget caring, understanding, compassion, hardwork and education just hate on everything that scares you, pathetic.
    That hate & intolerance that Lowes and the supporters of this decision exhibit really show the contradiction between their beliefs and what America is all about, very weak and pathetic to live life in fear just because someone told you to.

    December 12, 2011 at 11:25 am |
  16. Phil Emerson

    No, really.... IT IS ONLY ABOUT THE MONEY when it comes to the Lowe's and the other 65 some odd companies. There may be no nice Muslim folks on the board of any of these companies. I wonder why.

    December 12, 2011 at 10:41 am |
  17. hippypoet

    ah forget freedoms, who needs um! I no since the bush administration i don't remember having any so whats the big deal!

    December 12, 2011 at 10:09 am |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Funny how some guy from Chicago stated thousands of times this word called "change"....

      ...How is that "change" working out for us? Heck if it was not for the Gay Republicans folks would still be serving under don't ask don't tell.

      December 13, 2011 at 5:43 am |
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