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  •  I called Lowe's last night (21+ / 0-)

    to register my unhappiness at their pulling the ads and their non-apology apology. I said because of this I was obviously boycotting the store and would urge all my friends to do the same. The woman I spoke to sounded really unhappy and said that they did "not want to be seen as discriminatory." I responded, "you many not want to be seen that way but your actions prove that you are bigots. The show is called All American, for god's sake!"

    She took my name and phone number and promised to send my complaint up the chain.

    I kind of felt bad for her--clearly they were getting a lot of complaints.

    It's *Gandhi*, not Ghandi

    by poco on Sun Dec 11, 2011 at 10:17:03 AM PST

    •  Thanks for voicing your unhappiness (8+ / 0-)

      Lowes needs to know that not every "two-sided" issue has two equally "valid" sides.  

      I believe in the long-term arc of hope.

      by therehastobeaway on Sun Dec 11, 2011 at 04:10:44 PM PST

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    •  And can I just say to people (0+ / 0-)

      planning on calling the show to remember that the person answering the phone is a member of your community and not responsible for the actions of the corporation.

      Being the single intellectual in a village of 1,100 souls ain't much fun, especially when 1,099 of those don't think you're all that smart.--Lucy Marsden

      by Miniaussiefan on Mon Dec 12, 2011 at 10:18:04 AM PST

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    •  Open letter to Lowe's (0+ / 0-)

      Dear Lowe's,

      I will be putting Christmas lights up next weekend, and had my eye at the LED strings at Lowe's. I'm glad I was too busy (and/or lazy) to do it last weekend, because I just heard something awful about Lowe's.

      I heard that Lowe's pulled its advertising from a TV show, because that TV show depicted Americans of foreign birth or parentage exhibiting behavior similarly diverse to that of long-settled families. I understand the particular objection, by a hate group in Florida, was to the religion shared by those families, in particular the show's failure to depict them as sufficiently foreign and menacing.

      I've never understand America's fixation with television, but I can accept that it's popular. I've never even seen the show in question, but I can certainly see why Lowe's would want to advertise to a community of recent immigrants. People new the country often move into lower-priced neighborhoods, and start fixing them up. Many of those neighborhoods are in depressed or outlying areas and lack local hardware stores. Gaining a loyal customer base, with strong word-of-mouth power, in newly booming communities would be an obvious feather in any regional manager's cap. Bringing such a strategy national could only be better.

      As I've said, I'm no TV guru, but the special requirements of the Florida entertainment market must present a challenge even to professional analysts. Is it necessary for nationally-marketed shows to appeal to each splinter sect in the South? If Florida bigots crave frightening images of foreigners of certain religions, surely the hate-media specialty market will deliver for them. It's not the duty of every show on TV to deliver everything for everybody everywhere.

      Now, I hardly watch TV myself, so I didn't even hear about the ad buy until it was canceled. I often shop at Lowe's. I've been gradually replacing all the lights in my home with LED fixtures, buying a few at a time as money permits. I've been happy with the dimmable Sylvania ones from Lowe's. I was especially to find them without going to Home Depot, whose politics have long steered me elsewhere. Now, I'll have to put this effort on hold, or find those same bulbs elsewhere, until Lowe's finds its courage and does the right thing.

      I happy I fixed my washer. It was already pretty old, and it seemed irreparably damaged. I even had a replacement picked out at Lowe's, but made one last try at fixing it. I gave myself one last week, when the special deal at Lowe's would have expired. I managed to fix the old one, and was happy then to save the money. Now I'm even happier to have not supported a company so unprincipled it follows the whims of every small-market bigot who barks at them.

      Which brings me back the Christmas lights. Not every house in my neighborhood has lights up, but many do. Of those with lights, they're not even all for Christmas. Some are left over from Diwali. Some are early for Christmas or Chanukah. Maybe some are right on time for Saturnalia, or just to brighten up the year's longest nights. Doesn't matter, really, as long as they look festive.

      So, I'll be putting new ones up next weekend. It seems time to replace the old ones. They're inefficient, a few are burned out, and their degree of entanglement is a subject unfit for polite discussion. So, I'll be shopping for new ones during the week. I saw some good GE ones at Lowe's, and will be needing a few hundred feet of them.

      I know a company has to pick its moral battles carefully. I will excuse your company the fact that it still trades in antiquated units of measure, seeing how strongly some communities resist the metric system. In fact, I commend Lowe's in standing its ground against popular error, and holding firm against the creeping abomination of attaching an unnecessary "linear" foot in its catalog. But, please understand that bigots will not be appeased, and resist their threats.

      Thank you,
      You once and hopeful shopper

      Why is there a Confederate Flag flying in Afghanistan?

      by chimpy on Mon Dec 12, 2011 at 11:40:54 AM PST

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