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All American Muslim goes all 9/11

posted at 9:10 am on December 30, 2011 by

A few weeks ago we covered the brewing controversy surrounding TLC’s new series, “All American Muslim” after the Florida Family Association called for a boycott of the program and Lowe’s pulled their advertising. While some critics claim that the show isn’t truly “representative” of Muslims in America, the producers have put forward an episode which hits the question of terrorism, etc. in a more direct fashion. Here’s a short clip of local law enforcement officer Mike Jaafar sharing his feelings about the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

The controversy surrounding the show has spread beyond the Florida conservative group which began it. Just this week, as Jim Hoft reports, WordPress took down the blog Bare Naked Islam, which had been calling for the show’s cancellation. (Though the reasons cited by WordPress don’t specifically include a reference to the show.) They were also getting attacked from the Left, as PETA blasted them over one woman’s decision to give up her ten year old dog.

Lining up on the opposite side of the aisle, hip hop artist Russell Simmons took the side of the show, being joined by Mia Farrow. He called for a boycott of Lowe’s, (though I’m not sure what that’s supposed to accomplish) and bought advertising time during the broadcast himself.

So has the show benefited in the form of higher ratings amid all the Sturm und Drang, as I speculated it might earlier this month? The premier episode actually did fairly well, with more than 1.7 million viewers and a .9 overall rating, though it dropped nearly 50% over the next couple of weeks. The impact on the ratings from these stories seems to be… not so much.

TLC’s ‘All-American Muslim’: Controversy Does Not Equal Ratings

It would appear members of the conservative Florida Family Association are among the few actually paying attention to TLC’s All-American Muslim.

The reality series about Muslim families living in suburban Detroit, which lost advertising from Lowe’s and other brands after FAA condemned it as propaganda, is languishing in the ratings.

Only five episodes into its first season, the series ranked 78th among Sunday’s cable broadcasts for Dec. 11. With only 908,000 viewers and a 0.3 rating among adults 18-49, it’s being easily outperformed by series like History’s American Pickers, Discovery’s Moonshiners and its latest lead-in, Little People Big World: Holiday Surprise.

We’re still waiting for the confirmed numbers for the last episode, but the trend lines don’t seem to indicate that all of the shouting over the subject matter is causing viewers to come back in droves.

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mchristian on December 30, 2011 at 10:29 AM

How “Lowes” can we go???

ProfShadow on December 30, 2011 at 10:48 AM

There’s plenty more to say.

How about saying something against the Muslims who committed the attack?

Nothing left to say?! Are you effing kidding me?

And the next clip, playing the victim card. Wonderful…

The talk about Muslims being treated “always as a third class” is rich. Has this guy ever been to a Muslim country? I spent some time in a few. How about how the Saudi Muslims treat their ‘worker’ they bring in from third-world countries? They treat them as less than dogs. I’ve seen it first hand. The Muslim practice of Dhimmi is not a fairy tale.

And this guy is crying about how they are treated?

GTFOH!

catmman on December 30, 2011 at 11:38 AM

Hubby is doing his part to help Lowes out. He goes almost daily to buy something for their stand on their right to put their ads on this show or not. We wouldn’t watch this program if they paid me to watch it!
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letget on December 30, 2011 at 11:56 AM

It’s a shame that more people aren’t watching the show. Then they could see how some of them think they are mistreated here and their lack of willingness to blame the Islamic fascists responsible.

Hard Right on December 30, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Discovery’s Moonshiners…

Love that show like they was kin… Just sayin’.

Fallon on December 30, 2011 at 2:06 PM

Sorry, Muslims. Your religion has been hijacked by a bunch of murderous fanatics who are hell-bent on conquering the world in the name of Islam. You may not like it, but the longer you make excuses for them and about them, as long as there are Muslims who keep trying to force the rest of us to conform to your idea of how things ought to be, public opinion of you is not going to be very high.

Personally, I’d be happy to let you practice your religion in peace, and more than happy never to have to hear another word about you or from you.

RebeccaH on December 31, 2011 at 3:19 PM

I would usually say that the Muslims in America show can go to hell…but that would be redundant.

Twana on December 31, 2011 at 4:06 PM

I have no interest in watching the willfully blind or those who lie.

cptacek on January 2, 2012 at 2:11 PM