Bigot of the Week Award: December 16, Lowe’s

16 Dec

Bigot of the Week

My husband and I stopped shopping at Lowe’s when we learned they scored a 15 out of 100 on the HRC consumer guide of LGBT friendly stores. Now, with their recent endorsement of Islamophobia, I hope everyone will boycott Lowe’s Home Improvement Store.  Lowe’s had been one of the sponsors for the television show “All American Muslim,” but they withdrew their sponsorship after caving into right wing hate groups like The Florida Family Association, which referred to the TLC show as:

propaganda that riskily hides the Islamic agenda’s clear and present danger to American liberties and traditional values.

How bigoted do you have to be to continue to target a marginalized population?  Am I the only one that is exceedingly tired of Americans vilifying Muslim Americans?  How ironic that most acts of terrorism in the United States have been perpetrated by white heterosexual men such as: Timothy McVeigh, Ted Kaczynski, and Scott Roeder of Operation Rescue.  It seems to me that we need to be much more afraid of white heterosexual men than we do of Muslims.

Shame on Lowe’s and other corporate giants that contribute to marginalization of Muslims, women, or the LGBT community. I hope people will boycott Lowe’s.

*Don’t forget TSM is taking nominations for Bigot and Hero of the Year Awards.

14 Responses to “Bigot of the Week Award: December 16, Lowe’s”

  1. James Queale December 16, 2011 at 11:40 am #

    The hypocrisy is annoying! Extreme Christian groups have blown up abortion clinics/shot abortion doctors, been a part of gay bashing, etc, etc, but the same vilification is not placed on them. The best we can do is remind people that the acts of a few, do not represent the majority.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 16, 2011 at 11:45 am #

      Jamie, you always provide such wisdom and compassion in your comments. Thank you for being a part of this dialogue. Now, I have to write a story exposing Romney for the homophobic bigot he is.

      • James Queale December 16, 2011 at 3:53 pm #

        Romney and homophobic bigot do not seem to go together. *Highest form of sarcasm* 😉

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 16, 2011 at 4:37 pm #

        You are delightfully silly:)

  2. Sara December 16, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

    My nomination for Bigot of the Year would have to be the U.S. Ruling Class, which upholds and promotes white, male heterosexual patriarchy throughout the world — at the point of a gun where it can get away with it and with pious proclamations of patriotism and self-righteousness at home. Shamelessly!

  3. Jay December 16, 2011 at 4:00 pm #

    The Daily Show did quite a devastating piece on Lowe’s decision to cave in to the Florida Family Association. Bowing to pressure from such a marginal group is an example of corporate cowardice on an epic scale, especially since the FFA’s only objection to the show was that the individuals depicted in “All American Muslim” were insufficiently radical.

    My nominee for villain/bigot of the year would be the Republican Party, especially the embarrassing cohort which is seeking that party’s nomination for President, and the party’s Congressional ‘leadership.’ The second major party of the US has veered dangerously off-course, with potential and real tragic effects upon not only the US and its citizenry, but the world at large.

    As to Hero of the Year, I think Time magazine had the right idea when they selected Protesters as their Person of the Year. Whether one thinks of the Arab Spring which toppled authoritarian governments in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya, or the ongoing protests in Bahrain and Syria, or the Occupy Wall Street movement, or recent anti-Putin demonstrations in Russia, 2011 was in many ways shaped by Protesters. Grass-roots activism is a noble tradition that has been largely dormant for at least a generation, and it has been heartening to see so many (mostly) non-violent protests having a positive impact around the globe.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 16, 2011 at 4:42 pm #

      First of all, your comment here just made me love you even more! You are a true Mensch! Secondly, your nominations for Bigot of the Year and Hero of the Year are duly noted and appreciated.

      • Jay December 16, 2011 at 6:05 pm #

        Awwww. That’s sweet. And it takes one to know one.

        For some reason I feel like paraphrasing from Dan Quayle’s favorite movie, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”: You’re a righteous dude.

        Keep fighting the Good Fight, hugs to you and your hubby, and have a safe, healthy and Happy New Year.

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 16, 2011 at 6:35 pm #

        My husband and I send you lots of love!

  4. nevercontrary December 16, 2011 at 6:05 pm #

    Since we are taking nominations I vote for Marcus Bauchmann after his plan as the first gentlemen of the white house came out today.

  5. webwordwarrior December 17, 2011 at 5:46 pm #

    How very sad. It seems that irresponsible corporations (Lowe’s, Target, Wal-Mart) belong on the short list for bigot of the year. I would also nominate the whole pack of GOP nominee wannabes.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 17, 2011 at 6:57 pm #

      Spot on nominations that represent the worst in America and corporate sovereignty. Robert and I have yoru Wal-Mart gift card in the email to celebrate the birth of the Baby Jesus, brought to you by Target 🙂

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