ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Protesters descended on a Lowe’s store in one of the country’s largest Arab-American communities on Saturday, calling for a boycott after the home improvement chain pulled its ads from TLC’s “All-American Muslim,” the reality show about five Muslim families living in Dearborn, Mich.
About 100 people gathered outside the store in Allen Park, a Detroit suburb adjacent to Dearborn. Lowe’s said this week that the TLC show had become a “lightning rod” for complaints, following an email campaign by a conservative Christian group.
Protesters including Christian clergy and lawmakers called for unity and held signs that read “Boycott Bigotry” and chanted “God Bless America, shame on Lowe’s” during the rally, which was organized by a coalition of Christian, Muslim and civil rights groups.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a Detroit Democrat and the first Muslim woman elected to the Michigan Legislature, said it was “disgusting” for Lowe’s to stop supporting a show that reflects America — the conservatives, liberals and even “the Kim Kardashians” in the Muslim community, she said.
Lowe’s spokeswoman Karen Cobb said Saturday that the company respected the protestors’ opinion.
“We appreciate and respect everyone’s right to express their opinion peacefully,” she said.
The show premiered last month and chronicles the lives of families living in and around Dearborn, a suburb of Detroit at the heart of one of the largest Arab-American populations outside the Middle East.
It airs Sundays and ends its first season Jan. 8.