Pressure from a conservative evangelical group led Lowe’s home improvement store chain to pull its ads from the TLC reality show “All-American Muslim,” but now the company is facing calls from celebrities and politicians to boycott Lowe’s.
Mia Farrow and Russell Simmons have called for a boycott of Lowe’s on Twitter, with Simmons promising to “sic every civil rights agency on (Lowe’s) until they straighten this out.” He is also urging his Twitter followers to sign a petition — which, as of 3:25 ET Monday, had 9,660 of the 10,000 signatures the creators of the petition are hoping for — to urge other companies to advertise during “All-American Muslim.”
Meanwhile, California state Sen. Ted Lieu called the Lowe’s ad pull “stunning bigotry.”
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Lieu posted on his website a copy of a letter he wrote to Lowe’s CEO Robert Niblock, calling for the company to apologize for its ad pull or face possible “legislative remedies.”
“Lowe’s action is bigoted, shameful, and un-American,” Lieu wrote. “I call on Lowe’s to rescind its action and apologize to Americans who are Muslim. If Lowe’s continues its religious bigotry, I will encourage boycotts of Lowe’s and look into legislative remedies.”
So it’s okay for government to stick its nose in where a private business spends its advertising dollars?
Only the warped mind of a progressive Dem lawmaker considers filing legislation against a private retailer because it pulled an advertisement.
Maybe I’m getting old, but I don’t remember this kind of outrage when Van Jones, Media Matters and other lefties demanded advertisers pull their ad from Glenn Beck’s show.