TLC made what might possibly be the company’s worst decision of all-time during the holiday shopping season, they pulled ads from the TLC reality show All-American Muslim after the hate-directed group the Florida Family Association filed a petition with the company. Now Lowe’s is facing a boycott during the biggest shopping time of the year along with threats of legislative action from politicians.
Following the lives of five Muslim families living in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, Michingan the show was called out by the FFA for what they called:
“Propaganda that riskily hides the Islamic agenda’s clear and present danger to American liberties and traditional values.”
It should be noted that he FFA is the same group that has spent the last 20 years fighting against gay rights while attempting to ban any book that doesn’t fit into their cushy view of evangelical Christianity.
In revealing his view against the group All-American Muslim cast member Suehaila Amen said the group was a bunch of “bigots” and added:
“I am saddened that any place of business would succumb to bigots and people trying to perpetuate their negative views on an entire community. This can happen to any member of a minority group. This country was not founded on hatred or racism. It was founded on inclusion and diversity.”
In the meantime Lowe’s says they will stick to their guns and keep their ads off the show, although amusingly the company is still pretending to care about the community they are slighting:
“It appears that we managed to step into a hotly contested debate with strong views from virtually every angle and perspective — social, political and otherwise — and we’ve managed to make some people very unhappy. We are sincerely sorry. We have a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion, across our workforce and our customers, and we’re proud of that longstanding commitment.”
In the meantime Southern California Sen. Ted Lieu has said his office may issue a boycott request as early as Wednesday or Thursday. Lowe’s has said they are trying to reach out to the Senator to discuss his concerns, showing once again that Lowe’s is obviously disconnected from their consumer base who have railed out against the company over the last several days.
Hip-Hop mogul Russell Simmons also recently jumped onto the boycott band wagon, demanding that the company re-instate their ads while asking that CEO Robert Niblock step down from his position.
The FFA claims to have received further ad pulls from various other big brand company’s although none of those ad pulls have been verified at this time.
Do you think Lowe’s has went to far by immediately bowing down to one conservative christian group.