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

soundoff (152 Responses)
  1. JP

    First off, most of you folks sound familiar. What do you sound like... Oh yes, you sound JUST like a Nazi from Germany during WWII that is spreading the word that Jewish people were the ultimate evil and that they need to be taken care of right away!

    The reality of it is, the ones complaining about Muslims and their beliefs, saying they are ALL part of the Jihad, or that they all have a hidden agenda to take us down is complete and utter crap. Are there some Muslims against the USA and our beliefs? Absolutely. Are there some Muslims that live here that are in communication with terrorist factions? Absolutely.

    Now let's take a look at the other side of the argument...

    Are there a good amount of Muslims that love being American and do not have any terrorist connections at all? ABSOLUTELY. Are there a good amount of Muslims that understand that different races and religions need to get along and stop fighting? ABSOLUTELY Are there more terrorist, Jihad Muslims in the USA than everyday normal people just trying to make a living and be happy. ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!

    My advice, stop acting like a 1930's Nazi and trying to make others feel that there is a race/religion that is born bad, because it is far from true.

    I leave all of the Christians here, of which I am one, with this quote. "Judge not lest ye be judged."

    December 12, 2011 at 9:00 am |
    • JohnD

      I bet your voice sure sounds funny when you talk out your ass like this.

      December 12, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  2. margaret

    I dont go to Lowes but I WILL NOW!

    December 12, 2011 at 8:51 am |
  3. Phil Emerson

    It's a "bottom line" thing.....

    December 12, 2011 at 8:37 am |
  4. rich allen

    Great going for Lowes i will make a point of going there from now on to shop. How much more do we have to take from these christan hating muslims before we see the light?

    December 12, 2011 at 8:13 am |
    • Sol Solinger

      Read Lowe's Code of Ethics where it speaks to a culture of "inclusion" and "diversity" within it's work force and it's customers. If I were ANYTHING BUT an Evangelical Christian, I'd be worried about doing business with Lowe's as a customer, supplier or an employee. Evangelical Christians tell us what we can and can't believe and they spend millions on their mega-churches and well-heeled TV evangelists. These Evangelical self-rightious bigots were behind every Jim Crow and discriminatory law in the country during the civil rights movements in this country. They backed an illegal war in Iraq that has killed and wounded thousands of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi's. Their words are as oily as their ministers and preachers, but their actions are full of repression, discrimination and violence. Someone needs to stand up for REASON and LIBERTY in this country, and it is time for me (and others?) to step up and get involved. Lowe's has lost my business until they walk the talk. That is my stand. I am not Muslim, nor Evangelical.....but when I see this kind of discrimination from any religious group, I will do what I can to stop it. Sol.

      December 12, 2011 at 8:40 am |
    • Mike

      It's nitwits like you who make such a show necessary in the first place.

      December 12, 2011 at 8:56 am |
  5. Willie The Pimp

    All you stupid liberals go eat the muslim doo doo.

    December 12, 2011 at 7:42 am |
  6. Post 100

    I only go to Lowes when there's a choice between them and Home Depot unless I'm looking for lumber in which case I go to a local lumbermill as long as it isn't after 5pm or before 7am.
    And even then I have to really want to go or really need to go get something.

    December 12, 2011 at 7:37 am |
  7. Vickie

    Anyone that thinks Islam is a harmless religion lives in the dark. Also, why is it that we now have a show on television about the lives of Muslims yet children can't say a christian prayer in school?? Congratulations to Lowe's for having the guts to stand up!!

    December 12, 2011 at 4:36 am |
    • Mike

      "Anyone that thinks Islam is a harmless religion lives in the dark."
      I could just as easily say:
      "Anyone who thinks Christianity is a harmless religion lives in the dark."
      "Also, why is it that we now have a show on television about the lives of Muslims yet children can't say a christian prayer in school??"
      The TV show is run and broadcast by a private company, which cannot be regulated by the state beyond certain limits: "Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press...". The school is run by the state, which cannot endorse any religion above another, or religion above no religion: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...". Quotes are from the First Amendment, BTW.
      "Congratulations to Lowe's for having the guts to stand up!!"
      And, apparantly, lose a good bit of their customer base...gutting themselves...The irony is rich here.

      December 12, 2011 at 9:07 am |
    • Freethinksman

      There are very few harmless religions. Those that are harmless have very few adherents. It's the "harm" part that allows one group to really believe their god is the "real" god; that their way of life the "correct" way. Mohammed, Jesus, Joseph Smith...

      Pick a prophet, any prophet. The details may differ, but the harmfulness ties them together.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  8. JDM

    See, if you are going to complain about Islam, complain about something real, like the fact that the religious music, when sung properly, sounds like cats fighting. Music is about the only moral superiority I'll award between those two faiths, and even that is a bit tainted by the historical creation of castrato singers.

    The logic of this boycott, if applied to a reality show extolling the virtues of christian life in a predominantly christian town, would be complaining about the lack of abortion clinic bombers and pedophile priests. Oh wait, the pedophiles belongs to that OTHER christian faith? Why the heck should anyone care there's a difference?

    December 12, 2011 at 2:16 am |
  9. Adam Dent

    Just to be clear Lowe's isn't taking a stance o take the issue. They are simply trying to avoid being boycotted by the Florida Family Association. Which its ashame that companies are at the mercy of groups like the FFA who ouch special interests that hardly ever relate to what their name suggests. I think the saddest part here is that some of you feel the need to hate people because of what they believe which makes you just as bad as the religious extremists that launched a so called "jihad" on the US. The people that want to hurt the US are taking the Quaran and twisting what it actually teaches to help push their own personal agendas. Christianity and Judaism also have extremists that don't really represent the typical Christian or Jew. For instance the Westburough Baptist Church are Christian extremists that believe US troops are murderers not heroes. The point is, being Muslim doesnt make you more or less of a threat to anyone or anything neither does being Christian or Jewish or any other religion.

    December 12, 2011 at 1:45 am |
  10. Dr.Ryan Smith

    It is very unfortunate. People are acting as if, this is bringing more advertisement to Lowe's. It's all negative attention. Over 300 articles have since been written with the general opinion of Lowe's being a racist business. If this was a show about Jewish people living within America and it got pulled in a similar way, then people would be livid. Hell, it wouldn't even happen. But with Muslims, it's allowed? Generalizing on every ethnic group is inane. If Lowe's pulled out simply without any reason, it wouldn't be an issue. It's because they fell due to pressure from an organization. Lowe's should have be dismissive towards this group rather than become a follower. Poor move on their part and they will suffer from this.

    Ps: The bigot who seems to lurk around these comments section should be removed. Racists should not be allowed to use the internet.

    Sincerely, Dr. Ryan Smith,
    Johns Hopkins Hospital.

    December 12, 2011 at 1:43 am |
    • Bottom's Up

      Oh, good. A proctologist.

      December 12, 2011 at 4:11 am |
    • move along

      They pulled the ad because reactions to the show were getting out of hand and they didn't want to be seen as supporting something or against something when they were just looking for customers. Or so I gathered from their press release.

      December 12, 2011 at 8:39 am |
  11. 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 12:29 am |
    • S

      If you knew your history, you would know that he was only married to his first wife for her entire life. It was only after she died that he took more than one wife. And honestly, it works in their culture where a woman has no rights and is considered the property of their fathers, brothers, or husbands.
      Islam is not of itself a bad religion, neither is Judaism or Christianity. It's bad people who believe in that religion that cause it to have a bad name. In fact, most Muslim's believe that Jewish or Christian people should be treated with respect because they are fellow "people of the book".

      December 12, 2011 at 5:49 am |
    • Reality

      And the koranic/mosque driven acts of terror and horror continue: (some examples)

      The Muslim Conquest of India – 11th to 18th century

      ■"The likely death toll is somewhere between 2 million and 80 million. The geometric mean of those two limits is 12.7 million. "

      and the 19 million killed in the Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C by Muslims.

      and more recently

      1a) 179 killed in Mumbai/Bombay, 290 injured

      1b) Assassination of Benazir Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh

      2) 9/11, 3000 mostly US citizens, 1000’s injured

      3) The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US troops killed in action, 3,480 and 928 in non combat roles. 102,522 – 112,049 Iraqi civilians killed as of 9/16/2011/, mostly due to suicide bombers, land mines and bombs of various types, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and http://www.defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf

      4) Kenya- In Nairobi, about 212 people were killed and an estimated 4000 injured; in Dar es Salaam, the attack killed at least 11 and wounded 85.[2]

      5) Bali-in 2002-killing 202 people, 164 of whom were foreign nationals, and 38 Indonesian citizens. A further 209 people were injured.

      6) Bali in 2005- Twenty people were killed, and 129 people were injured by three bombers who killed themselves in the attacks.

      7) Spain in 2004- killing 191 people and wounding 2,050.

      8. UK in 2005- The bombings killed 52 commuters and the four radical Islamic suicide bombers, injured 700.

      9) The execution of an eloping couple in Afghanistan on 04/15/2009 by the Taliban.

      10) – Afghanistan: US troops 1,385 killed in action, 273 killed in non-combat situations as of 09/15/2011. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror

      11) The killing of 13 citizen soldiers at Ft. Hood by a follower of the koran.

      12) 38 Russian citizens killed on March 29, 2010 by Muslim women suicide bombers.

      13) The May 28, 2010 attack on a Islamic religious minority in Pakistan, which have left 98 dead,

      14) Lockerbie is known internationally as the site where, on 21 December 1988, the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 crashed as a result of a terrorist bomb. In the United Kingdom the event is referred to as the Lockerbie disaster, the Lockerbie bombing, or simply Lockerbie. Eleven townspeople were killed in Sherwood Crescent, where the plane's wings and fuel tanks plummeted in a fiery explosion, destroying several houses and leaving a huge crater, with debris causing damage to a number of buildings nearby. The 270 fatalities (259 on the plane, 11 in Lockerbie) were citizens of 21 nations.

      15 The daily suicide and/or roadside and/or mosque bombings in the terror world of Islam.

      16) Bombs sent from Yemen by followers of the koran which fortunately were discovered before the bombs were detonated.

      17) The killing of 58 Christians in a Catholic church in one of the latest acts of horror and terror in Iraq.

      18) Moscow airport suicide bombing: 35 dead, 130 injured. January 25, 2011.

      19) A Pakistani minister, who had said he was getting death threats because of his stance against the country's controversial blasphemy law, was shot and killed Wednesday, 3/2/2011

      20) two American troops killed in Germany by a recently radicalized Muslim, 3/3/2011

      21) the kidnapping and apparent killing of a follower of Zoraster in the dark world of Islamic Pakistan.

      22) Shariatpur, Bangladesh (CNN 3/30/2011) - Hena Akhter's last words to her mother proclaimed her innocence. But it was too late to save the 14-year-old girl. Her fellow villagers in Bangladesh's Shariatpur district had already passed harsh judgment on her. Guilty, they said, of having an affair with a married man. The imam from the local mosque ordered the fatwa, or religious ruling, and the punishment: 101 lashes delivered swiftly, deliberately in public. Hena dropped after 70 and died a week later.

      23) "October 4, 2011, 100 die as a truck loaded with drums of fuel exploded Tuesday at the gate of compound housing several government ministries on a busy Mogadishu street. It was the deadliest single bombing carried out by the al Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group in Somalia since their insurgency began. "

      December 12, 2011 at 7:17 am |
    • Reality (Really)

      people in glasses houses...

      December 12, 2011 at 8:39 am |
    • Reality

      "People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. Variation: Whose house is of glasse, must not throw stones at another. George Herbert, Outlandish Proverbs, 1640; cited in "Proverbs 120". The Yale Book of Quotations. 2006. pp. p. 613. ISBN 0-300-10798-6.*** George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum, 1651, number 196"

      December 12, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
  12. Iqbal Khan


    December 11, 2011 at 11:58 pm |
  13. Relictus

    There is no moral obligation for Lowe's to sponsor muslim shows. Being a muslim does not mean that the world owes you a living. Whining by aggrieved muslims is hilarious because it shows that they feel Lowe's owed them free money. That they deserved air time just for being muslim. It does not work that way, people. You want air time, you buy it.

    December 11, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
    • Marks from Middle River

      Maybe it is more than the pulling of the ads but maybe the reason why it was pulled? If the show was garbage and there was a period of time that they showed constant low ratings the reasoning would be clear. To say that they pulled because some special interest group complained is a poor reason. In fact, in some ways it would have been more polite to lie about why they pulled it. Right it is standing that we pulled away from your show cause some group dislikes you.

      You have stated the obvious and someone else said the advertising bang for buck is that Lowes will possibly increase sales or show little or no movement on their sales due to these actions. And now they do not have to pay a dime.

      Now here is an interesting thought, if you are Hindu, Buddist or even Jewish ..... Would you support a boycott of Lowes ?

      December 11, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  14. Muslim Forever

    BG, I feel sorry for you and your kind. You are judging my religion upon your false fixed beliefs. I think our founding fathers of this country made the freedom of practicing religion, the law of the land because they were sick of people judging others upon their religion. After all who are you to judge my religion or any religion. You are not devine, neither am I to say who will go to heaven or hell. War of religons, hmm, I think that was exactly why the crusades trimuph on the holly land failed several times. You seriously need to read more history. And if you are afraid of my kind so be it, nobody will be able take away that fear from your heart. I may also suggest some therapy!!

    December 11, 2011 at 9:49 pm |
    • BG

      @ Muslim Forever

      "BG, I feel sorry for you and your kind."
      No you don't. You can take your manufactured pity and put it where the desert sun never shines and the moon never shows.

      "You are judging my religion upon your false fixed beliefs."
      I am judging you religion based upon the megalomaniacal tenets of the koran, the endorsements by its clergy, and the unchecked behaviors of its followers.

      " I think our founding fathers of this country made the freedom of practicing religion, the law of the land because they were sick of people judging others upon their religion. After all who are you to judge my religion or any religion."
      Your 'religion' is nothing more than a manifesto of fascist dictates wrapped in the guise of theological dogma. Islam is an insidious excuse for a religion. It uses dogma and divinity both as a di ctate imposed upon it's followers and as a threat against its non-believers. It is an efficient and devious Trojan Horse offered at the gates of those tolerant civilizations which Islam could never ascribe to becoming. Islam is a belief born uniquely of, and nurtured by, hypocrisy, and requires force, intimidation and deceit to spread.

      ... why the crusades trimuph [sic] on the holly [sic] and failed several times. "
      The crusades are over. For a while now. They were ancient battles fought by archaic people and are immaterial to contemporary civilized society. Yet Muslim apologists continue to dredge ancient history for excuses to mitigate modern events with things taking place almost a millennium ago. Sad. Lame even. Every time one of you opens your mouths about about the 'crusades' or the 'inquisition' or 'witch trials', etc, yet you refuse to acknowledge the heinous history -currently- being written by Islam.

      "You seriously need to read more history. And if you are afraid of my kind.."
      I have read enough history to understand the threat inherent in (and mandated by) Islam. For you to attempt to qualify this threat to "fear" is yet another muslim tactic designed to cast infidels as unreasonably scared, and therefore bigoted. I don't "fear" any of nature's creatures that bite or sting, nor do I hate them. I am simply wary of them. Like most soldiers, when I went to war I didn't 'hate' my enemy. If anything, I was respectful of his capabilities, but I always remained cognizant of the inherent dangers he posed. Now we find ourselves at war once again, and if it wasn't for oil, this war would have been over long ago.

      We both know this.

      December 12, 2011 at 12:04 am |
    • YepYep6598

      @Muslim Forever so what you are saying suicide bombers are going to heaven? That is a pretty simple question and if you say yes or say you dont know then we know where you heart lies.

      December 12, 2011 at 1:31 am |
    • 53percenter2

      And in this country we are still FREE take our ads wherever we want to and you are free not to like it. Until Muslims condemn those who kill in the name of Islam, we must assume you condone it.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  15. AmFem

    Hate and be afraid of anyone who doesn't think or look like you do. Jesus weeps.

    December 11, 2011 at 9:28 pm |
    • GreatZot

      Dead people don't weep, especially ones that have been dead for 2000 years. But I get what your saying.

      December 12, 2011 at 8:43 am |
  16. Muslim Forever

    Dear Lowes-After your decision to pull advertisments, you made the best advertisment for the program and people will actually see it. I didn't even like or agree with what it showes. I don't even watch it on whenever it comes on tv. And I think after all you will lose a "few" customers and we can call your company (All conservative Lowe's). I also think it's really pethetic that some people commenting on Lowe's decision, made it a war of religions. It's a show that portraits different types of muslims (human beings). And those "human beings" happen to be AMERICANS who live and abide to the same laws of the United States of America. Whoever hate muslims can not deny that most American muslims are as hard working as anybody else who works hard in this country. It is amazing how much much hatred some people posses towards islam and muslims. And to whoever thinks that all muslims are terrorists, I feel bad for you walking on the street, passing by or living beside muslims because you are terrified by nothing. It is also amazing how many of those need therapy.

    December 11, 2011 at 8:08 pm |
    • BG

      " I also think it's really pethetic [sic] that some people commenting on Lowe's decision, made it a war of religions."

      Good grief. That's -exactly- what it is. Islam is built upon the concept of hostile takeover. It's written in a 1,400 year-old manifesto that's still being practiced and applied today literally without restraint. (After all, it's perfect just as it is, right.)

      December 11, 2011 at 8:18 pm |
    • Marks from Middle River

      >>>"Whoever hate muslims can not deny that most American muslims are as hard working as anybody else who works hard in this country. "

      While I disagree with lowes for pulling their ads I gotta question this statement from you. There is voiced concern that many Muslims have voiced this same statement that Muslims are hard working as if that is the enough for most in society. There is this sense that a fair amount of Muslims do not wish to be a active part of American society. The premise it appears of this show appears to not being Muslim in America. It is presented as a Muslim "town" in America.

      There is a big difference in the two. If you have a show about a Muslim town then really it supports some folks belief that the Muslims really do not want to be part of America, they just want to experience the laws and freedoms. I know many Muslims do not think as such but how can this program show the desire of Muslims to be a apart of an multicultural society when it is filmed in a heavily Muslim populated town.

      I hope to catch a episode one day.


      December 11, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
    • YepYep6598

      there is only one type of muslim the one that hates the U.S. and Israel. There is no such animal as a tolerant muslim I tell yo what, when i see a Christian church in Saudia Arabia then I will say Islam is peaceful and tolerant. But for right now, ISLAM CAN GO TO HELL.

      December 12, 2011 at 1:38 am |
  17. Kat


    December 11, 2011 at 7:35 pm |
    • BG

      RT. The last bastion of uncompromised journalism. Sure.

      You're a putz, Kat.

      December 11, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
  18. Kat

    Lows is just living up to its name

    December 11, 2011 at 7:27 pm |
    • BG

      They're getting more advertising action by pulling the American Muslim ads. Right now they're having a party in the boardroom. People like you just bring them their pizza. Remember, they want twelve more large pepperoni pies before 9 pm tonight.

      If you keep your mouth shut when you deliver them you just might get a tip.

      December 11, 2011 at 7:47 pm |
    • Kat

      only pigs love to eat their own dead. When your nasty heart clogs from all the lard and bacon you eat, good luck finding a hospital that does not employ a Muslim doctor or nurse or medial staff since your kind is too busy partying, doing drugs, and spreading STD's from graduating and making something out of your pathetic life. Then go whine why big companies are not finding skilled workers here and instead employ muslims overseas to produce something.

      December 11, 2011 at 7:57 pm |
    • BG

      Another fine example of bigoted muslim ranting. You people are like bad action movies. Always entertaining and completely without any redeeming social substance.

      Well, excuse me now, but I'm busy eating the dead who I've infected with my undergraduate venereal disease.

      You people truly are sick fuks.

      December 11, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
  19. mike

    Dear Lowes – After you pulled advertising, I bought one of your Whirlpool Gold Refrigerators. I'll go in and buy something else as soon as I can.
    Thank you for having the courage to pull the ads.

    December 11, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  20. JJ

    It seems impossible for some people to acknowledge that it's possible for one to look at a religion and what kind of nations/economies/cultures spawn from it, and then decide they oppose it rationally. How many of the people on here calling Lowe's bigots and racists would themselves be willing to move to a Muslim-dominant nation? Some of us have looked at Islam and decided we want it to have no role in our society. Not through a legal procedure, but by simply not enabling it.

    All Americans ought to read up on London, Paris, Malmo, etc. and see if they would like the US culture to absorb Muslims in the same way.

    December 11, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
    • Marks from Middle River

      JJ, I was blessed to be able to visit The UK a few years ago and I went in expecting this huge Muslim invasion of culture that the media has lead us believe and I did not see such. I am not saying that I experienced all of the neighborhoods and villages but I went to many villages where I felt as if I was the first person of African decent that had ever walked on the land. Also London also had a Muslim presence but it was about the same as New York. If you define the entire UK as being London then it would be like saying all of the United States would be defined by the cultural make up of New York.

      December 11, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
    • JJ

      Marks, the point of my comment wasn't to say that the whole of the UK has been overtaken by Islam. What I am saying is that in areas where Muslims have gained critical mass and have created their own segregated communities, it is a major disruption to the native English culture, and I would say in an objectively negative way. And that goes for every other Western Europe country they've entered. There are distinct problems with Muslims that don't exist with others. There are plenty of Americans that understand that and want it to have no role in the US. That's not ignorant in any sense of the word.

      December 12, 2011 at 1:08 am |
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