Tuesday, December 13, 2011

How Lowe Can You Go?

As you may have heard, Lowe’s home improvement centers has decided to yank its advertising from a reality show because of objections by a gang of sniveling bigots.

The retailer stopped advertising on TLC’s “All-American Muslim” after a conservative group known as the Florida Family Assn. complained, saying the program was “propaganda that riskily hides the Islamic agenda’s clear and present danger to American liberties and traditional values.”

Why is it that any group that has “family” in their name is usually made up of a bunch of people you wouldn’t want to claim any kinship to?

Be that as it may, Lowe’s craven caving to these strip-mall Torquemadas proves that they are more concerned with their bottom line. They issued a gutless attempt to mollify their critics which, in their Madison Avenue weaseling, only made it worse.

Lowe’s issued a statement Sunday apologizing for having “managed to make some people very unhappy.”

“Individuals and groups have strong political and societal views on this topic, and this program became a lightning rod for many of those views,” the statement said. “As a result we did pull our advertising on this program. We believe it is best to respectfully defer to communities, individuals and groups to discuss and consider such issues of importance.”

Well, if that’s how they feel, I’ll defer to my better judgment and go someplace else. Ace is the place….

Follow-up: Zack Ford at Think Progress has the background on the Florida Family Association, which is deep into the faux-outrage business. To quote the immortal Jacques Brel, if people like them had their way, they’d paint the world the color of goose shit.

HT to Rick.