Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Advertising can be a tricky thing; you never know who you're going piss off. Take, for example, Lowe's. After running commercials on TLC's All-American Muslim, Lowe's pulled them after receiving complaints from some nutjob Christian group claiming to represent all of America. This group's website has a whole list of companies that have pulled ads from shows that portray anything they don't like and other companies that still choose to promote such deviance as homosexuality or Islam. They are currently working to get All-American Muslim pulled from the air entirely because it tries to blind Americans to the so-called Islamic agenda.
Decidedly un-American, right? Religious tolerance! Separation of Church and State! Freedom of Speech!
That's what I thought at first. I actually started this post with the intention of railing against said nutjobs. Then the saying, "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it" popped into my head. An unfortunate side effect of a free society is that all the stupid people of the world manage to make themselves heard quite clearly. If one's religion values racism and intolerance (within the law), they have the right to practice freely. Personally, I'd like to see all of 'em go, but that pesky Constitution promises the right to free religious expression.
Yes, I think this organization is un-American in that they want Christianity to culturally dominate what should be a secular society. But I can't say they don't have the right to express those beliefs. That's why the rest of America ought to be just as vocal about their beliefs. If you're that worked up about it, speak up! That's what this country is all about, right? Well, I can't be bothered to email Lowe's and let them know that I disagree with their decision to pull the ads, but you should.
Back to Lowe's. Wouldn't you pull an ad from a certain show if their was a segment of consumers calling for a boycott of your stores unless you stopped running commercials during a certain show? Mr. Lowe's has a business to run; he's not out there to change the world. And unless you want Uncle Sam to decide which shows companies are allowed to buy ad time from, it's up to Lowe's to pull or run ads as they see fit. Sure, it would be great if Lowe's refused the demands of the ignorant, but I can't blame them for responding to customer feedback.
The world would be a better place without people trying to impose their beliefs on everyone else, but, the way I see it, there are only two ways that can happen: we lose our precious freedom of expression, or suddenly there is no more ignorance. Which seems more likely?
Posted by Pak at 8:09 PM