Another company bails on ‘All American Muslim’, denies right wing pressure is to blame
On the heels of a controversial decision by Lowe’s Home Improvement to pull its advertising from TLC’s “All-American Muslim” following protests from a conservative group, another company has decided to do the same—though it claims it was not because of the backlash.
In a letter of apology to customers, an executive at kayak.com, the online travel site, explained the decision to stop advertising on the new reality show.
“When we decided to give our money to TLC for this program, we deemed the show a worthy topic,” Robert Birge, Kayak’s chief marketing officer, wrote in the letter posted on the site. “When we received angry emails regarding our decision to advertise, I looked into the show more thoroughly.”
The first thing I discovered was that TLC was not upfront with us about the nature of this show. As I said, it’s a worthy topic, but any reasonable person would know that this topic is a particular lightning rod. We believe TLC went out of their way to pick a fight on this, and they didn’t let us know their intentions. That’s not a business practice that generally gets repeat business from us. I also believe that it did this subject a grave disservice. Sadly, TLC is now enjoying the attention from this controversy.
I can’t really figure out what he’s saying here, it’s almost like he’s trying to be a little bigoted by being as nice about is as possible or maybe his word choices were just poor.
Birge said he received bulk emails from members of the Florida Family Association, which last month launched an online campaign to pressure marketers, like Lowes, to pull their advertising from the program.
“TLC’s ‘All-American Muslim’ is propaganda that riskily hides the Islamic agenda’s clear and present danger to American liberties and traditional values,” the group wrote. “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 the liberties and traditional values that the majority of Americans cherish.”
The group said 65 advertisers targeted by the campaign agreed to pull their ads from the show. (However, a spokeswoman for TLC told THR that there remains “strong advertising support for the show.” )
“The amount of vitriol in the emails was saddening, but I didn’t exactly feel pressured,” Birge wrote, “not to mention we wouldn’t bend to such pressure.”
Except that you kind of did Mr. Birge. I mean you claim you didn’t yank your ads because of the emails, but on the other hand you did exactly what the letters requested to do and the Florida Family Association will no doubt take credit for this “victory”
So just what the heck is going on here?