A second company has yanked its ads from an American Muslim reality show. This time it's the Kayak.com travel web site, following the lead of the Lowe's chain, which caved to pressure from a Florida evangelical organization. TLC's All-American Muslim features five Lebanese American families living in a suburb of Detroit. Rep. Keith Ellison has slammed Lowe's for choosing to "uphold the beliefs of a fringe hate group." The evangelical Florida Family Association has branded the series "propaganda" that hides an "Islamic agenda" out to destroy American values.
Kayak officials complained that TLC was "not upfront with us about the nature of this show." A spokesman told the Washington Post: "When TLC pitched All-American Muslim to advertisers, it was characterized as a fair-and-balanced look at the life of an American Muslim. However, what was not disclosed was the preexisting controversy surrounding race, religion and the divide between the Muslim and Christian communities in Dearborn." So far, the fracas hasn't galvanized an army of couch potatoes, notes the Post. During the last All-American Muslim episode, millions more TV viewers were glued to the tube watching E!'s Kourtney and Kim Take New York. (Read more Keith Ellison stories.)