TLC Cancels ‘All-American Muslim’ Due to Lack of Controversy

Adam Martin, Atlantic Wire, March 7, 2012

On Wednesday, TLC canceled its once-controversial show All-American Muslim not because of any new uproar but because nobody wants to watch a show about a normal, all-American family. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the show shed nearly half its viewers within its first few weeks: “The docuseries about five Lebanese American Muslim families in Michigan opened well in its November bow, drawing 1.7 million viewers but shed viewers despite public protests, attracting 900,000 viewers to its Dec. 18 finale.”

{snip} After the initial controversy in which some conservative Christians thought the show didn’t portray its subjects as extremist enough and some conservative Muslims didn’t think it portrayed them as pious enough died down, the only controversy left was when PETA got mad that one of the characters gave away a dog. {snip}

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  • I think the reason that the show failed is because it showed Muslims as ordinary people. These folks went to work everyday and raised their families like everyone else did. The only difference was that the women wore their hijabs.

    • The_Bobster

      True, it should’ve shown what went on in their mosques, where the real action took place.

    • anonymous_amren

      People who think women should be covered from head to toe except for their hands and the front of their faces, are not ordinary people. They are not moderates. They are religious fundamentalists. Can you imagine if Christians behaved in such an extreme fashion that they would still be considered ordinary or secular?

      There are moderate Muslims, but they are a minority, and they are never discriminated against in any way, and they don’t seem “Muslim” enough, so they don’t get shown on TV.

  • Erase “controversy” and insert “ratings,” then you’ll have an honest headline.

  • This program failed because it wanted to show these arabs as gee shucks as Leave it to Beaver. All baseball, hijabs and apple pie. That is boring. That is dull. It didn’t even achieve the propaganda purposes.

    Now, if I were some slimy ad exec craving a buck or some anti-White scumbag striving to make some cultural propaganda I’d get some “skinheads” and “racists” and “Bigoted Northerners” and “Hate-Filled Hillbillies” and make them oppose the Gee Shucks arabs.
    Be real quiet about it and pay them in favors and cash, don’t leave a trail.

    I bet that would have worked like a charm. Their way, the fraudulent cherry-picking of a conflict-free baseball, hijabs and apple pie nuclear family was doomed to fail.

    • Southern__Hoosier

       I have a great name for your anti-white show. Call it the “All-American Christian.” In addition to the groups you mentioned, find the most extreme fringe group of Christians and portray them as mainstream Christian. Also get a bunch of serial killers, wife beaters, white racist, child rapist and have them talk about growing up in a “good Christian” home.

      • What about a show featuring Fred Phelps and his family? Wouldn’t that be interesting?

  • loyalwhitebriton

    What’s an ‘All American Muslim’?.
    America was founded by Christians.
    The founding fathers had enlightened ideas about democracy and the principles of liberty.
    To muslims, Christians are infidels.
    To muslims, democracy and liberty are diametrically opposed to Sharia.
    Ergo, there is no such thing as an ‘All American Muslim’. 

  • Southern__Hoosier

    How about a program called “Good Muslim Bitches?”It would have great rating especially in the news when the producers heads started coming off.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2113242/GOP-candidate-Newt-Gingrich-slams-TV-GCB-anti-christian-bigotry.html

  • bluffcreek1967

    I tend to think that many Americans knew this show was just another attempt to make Muslims and Islam mainstream. A good number of Americans are still very suspicious of Muslims (and rightfully so) in spite of the Left’s efforts to make them as All-American as baseball and apple pie. We must NEVER cease to expose the evil character and freedom-denying nature of the Islamic religion!

  • Is there a show on Saudi Arabian TV called “All-Saudi Christian?”

  • All American Muslem:No such animal exists!