In the midst of a growing controversy over the TLC reality show “All-American Muslim,” another advertiser is reportedly following the lead of Lowe’s Home Improvement and pulling its ads from the show, the New York Daily News reports.
The advertiser is Kayak.com, a travel website. The moves by both Kayak and Lowe’s came after a conservative Christian group, the Florida Family Association, launched a protest of the show, as previously reported. The group has since had its website hacked in apparent retaliation and has received a flood of threats.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Kayak.com apologized to its customers today for its handling of the situation and its decision to pull its ads from the show. But a Kayak exec told the paper that the network “was not upfront with us about the nature of this show.” The Times reported that the executive also said, “Mostly, I just thought the show sucked.”
Lawmakers and celebrities have become involved in the controversy, with House Rep. Keith Ellison issuing a statement blasting Lowe’s for opting “to uphold the beliefs of a fringe hate group,” the Daily News story reports.
The piece adds: “Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons called [Lowe’s] Islamophobic. ‘This can’t happen in America; (Lowe’s) needs to fix this immediately,’ he told Entertainment Weekly. ‘They can’t get away with that, it’s ridiculous. There are American principles at stake here.’”
The Florida Family Association has claimed that 65 companies have pulled their ads from the show, but the Daily News story notes that these claims do not appear to check out.