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American Muslims Use Flash Mob To Occupy Lowe’s [Video]

American Muslims Use Flash Mob To Occupy Lowe’s [Video]

Lowe’s, a national home improvement supply store, has recently come under fire for cancelling advertisements that were appearing during a new television series called “All-American Muslims.”

The Florida Family Association, a Christian group, boasted that its protests are responsible for Lowe’s and a number of companies pulling their ads from the reality TV show about five Lebanese families in Dearborn, Michigan, that premiered on November 13 and that has been so far well-received.

Public outcry against Lowe’s action has been swift and direct. California state senator Ted Lieu sent a strongly-worded letter to Lowe’s CEO Robert A. Niblock on Saturday, saying that the decision to withdraw the ads was ”bigoted, shameful, and un-American” and also “profoundly ignorant,” while celebrities like Mia Farrow and Russell Simmons have called for a nationwide boycott.

In San Diego, members of the South Asians for Justice Bay Area Chapter, Bay Area Solidarity Summer and Alliance of South Asians Taking Action (ASATA) decided to get a bit more creative. Watch the video below to see how the creative use of guerrilla theater puts the issue front and center for local Lowe’s shoppers.

Related Reading:

Is New Reality Series ‘Cosby Show’ For Muslims?

Rep. Peter King: American Muslims Aren’t “American”

Russell Simmons Joins The Call To Boycott Lowe’s

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11:55AM PST on Jan 24, 2012

It's great to see the ignorance of the American public on display. Put a few "allegedly" maligned people from some minority group in front of idiots that apparently have been living under the same rock (this story is old news), and let them tell one side of a story, which is ALWAYS the best way to give the people, "a little knowledge". And you know what they say about that phrase.

So now you have a bunch of ignorant do-gooders who know nothing about the real issue but signed some petition based on a perception of racism. Beautiful, well planned; worked like a charm. And pathetic.

Do you think, using the same technique, we could shame a Muslim sponsor into underwriting a pilot for "American White Boy?" (See how ridiculous it sounds in reverse)?

10:31AM PST on Jan 4, 2012

Signed!

2:51PM PST on Dec 28, 2011

Bob M

You're being far too cryptic.

2:33PM PST on Dec 28, 2011

Come on out Johnny ;;;what have you to fear?

10:51AM PST on Dec 28, 2011

I don't watch much television.....if I start boycotting stores, I won,t have anywhere to shop....Coporate America Runs the show.

10:31AM PST on Dec 28, 2011

Terri B

You afre disingenuous. They are not forcing their religion on anyone. They - and other right-thinking people - are objecting to a religious hate group forcing a company to withdraw its advertising.

Do you not see this - or are you lying?

10:21AM PST on Dec 28, 2011

john b, of course muslims are happy here, because they get away with crap they would NEVER attempt in some middle eastern country. i don't give a shit if they're muslim, buddhist, or christians - don't FORCE your religion on me and don't FORCE it on lowe's - if lowes doesn't want to support muslims with advertising, THAT IS THEIR RIGHT!

10:13AM PST on Dec 28, 2011

Terri B spouts typical redneck, racist claptrap. Don't Americans who happen to be Muslims have rights? Not in your racist, parochial, world of hatred, I guess.

The criticism of Lowes - if you'd bothered to read the article - is that they withdrew their advertising in response to the pressure from a fundamentalist "Christian" group.

As for your pathetic and predictable exhortation for these American citizens to move to some Muslim country, why should they? They're quite happy whwre they are and would be happier if people like you grew a brain.

9:38AM PST on Dec 28, 2011

this is totally within lowe's rights. let's see these same muslims go try their little stunt in some middle eastern country and see what happens to them. they are exploiting america and we are supposed to just stand by and watch because it's politically correct - BULLSHIT!! this is america, where we have our rights, also. screw the muslims. if they are so damn proud to be muslims, go be muslim in the middle east, don't expect america to bow down to your stupid beliefs.

6:47AM PST on Dec 28, 2011

Bob M

"Don't cry Johnny...we will all be so sad if you do.
Primal maybe?"

What? Is that meant to be an intelligent comment?

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