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Petition Against Lowe's for Pulling Ads from "All-American Muslim" Gains Over 20,000 Signatures: Backlash to Bigotry

 
 
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Last night, I wrote a story on the backlash to a fringe Christian group pressuring companies to pull their ads from "All-American Muslim" (and the companies' compliance with that pressure).

Today, it seems that after a non-apology from the retail giant Lowe's, the only group that has publicly admitted to pulling the ads, the story won't die down.

Outrage is growing, and the controversy has continued to dog Lowe's for its endorsement of bigotry and refusal to reinstate the ads.

--The biggest petition against Lowe's is now at over 20,000 signatures, and gaining steam by the minute. From Signon.org:

A petition created at SignOn.org to Lowe's Home Improvement in response to reports that the company pulled its advertising from the TLC reality show All-American Muslim is gaining steam online and has garnered over 20,000 signatures. You can see the SignOn petition, which has been signed by several celebrities, including Kal Penn and Russell Simmons here: http://signon.org/sign/defend-our-american-values

--Simmons has also agreed to buy advertising on the show himself.

--And on Countdown last night, Maysoon Zayid poked fun at the controversy and described trying to call Lowe's to complain:

 

 

--Meanwhile on Twitter, the Parents Television Council has objected to this story's "lumping" the culturally conservative group in with extremist religious groups.

It's true that the nature of the complaints leveled by this powerful lobbying group are not the same as the racist complaints from FFA. Still, the group's emphasis on handwringing and targeting all sexual content instead of just exploitative sexual content, makes me feel comfortable describing them as part of the overall problematic landscape.

 

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at December 13, 2011, 7:04am

 
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