The Mayor of Dearborn on 'All-American Muslim'

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Takeaway has been talking this week about the controversy that has erupted around the TLC reality show "All-American Muslim" after the home improvement store Lowe's pulled its ads from the broadcast. The move came after a group called the Florida Family Association launched a campaign against the show, urging companies to pull their ads. Reaction to the Florida Family Association and Lowe's has raised the profile of the cable show, as well as the community of Dearborn, Michigan where it is filmed.

Jack O’Reilly is the mayor of Dearborn, Michigan, and Dan Sordyl is a Takeaway listener who lives 20 minutes from Dearborn. They discuss what life among Dearborn's large Muslim population is really like.


Mayor Jack O’Reilly and Dan Sordyl

Comments [3]

Margaret from UWS Manhattan

Thur 15th - How about a show, "[We're] All American in America", with touring the U.S. to include every ethnicity that's part of being American (the mission premise of my future-intended non-profit, 'American Cultural Enterprise')? Everybody from Armenian to Cambodian, Lao, Hmong, Ghanaian, Senegalese - everybody in the census. The historical segments can deal with stories of discrimination against everybody who came along since the beginning. 21st Century wake-up call. Then there could be some segments on historic and modern racial mixes. The more REALISTIC information, the merrier. Peace on Earth.
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Dec. 15 2011 02:32 PM

Shows about dwarves, tattoo artists, fishermen, truckers, junkers, hoarders, bounty hunters, and now Muslims! As if Islam is an odd job people just pick up.

Anthropologically these shows in limited doses would be an interesting look in American subcultures. But after one season, channels that produce them just come off looking like Florida roadside freakshows. Just keep folks who don't get out much entertained and sell ad slots.

Who cares if they cancel the show? You'd get a better understanding for American Muslims through a P.O.V. special on PBS.

Dec. 14 2011 11:52 AM

Thank you for this show. It is comical and tragic that the one show about Muslims is being cancelled due to objections from a group that is not that huge, but clearly very influential. Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but use the remote and change the channel, unless the program is extremely crude or insulting-but notice how violence and scantily clad women are accepted on television, but certain religions or ethical beliefs are considered unfit. Please go to independent, local businesses and do not support these huge corporations that usually do not treat their employees or the environment well.

Dec. 14 2011 11:00 AM

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