I wrote this about a week ago while I was sick. Being my first attempt at Tumblr I didn’t want to rush into things by randomly posting thoughts while I was sick. I’ve decided it’s actually not too bad and the sickness didn’t affect my thought process too much. Enjoy.
I often have a difficult time falling asleep at night, so i generally read. I recently read some articles about Lowe’s pulling its advertising from “All-American Muslim” on TLC and how Russell Simmons is outraged over it. He has been quoted as saying “There are American principles at stake here.” If this is in fact true, then we have some real questions to ask. If you read Lowe’s press release they have valid reason to pull their ad if indeed their patrons expressed disgust with the show. You keep your customers happy. Will this satisfy everyone? Of course not. You have people like Mr. Simmons who think they know and understand everything. Let’s take a look at some more recent occurrences where ads were pulled from a television show and Mr. Russell remained silent even though the show or people it represented are “misunderstood.” Early this year during the Super Bowl a Christian organization wanted to run an pro-life ad with Tim Tebow. After going back and forth to have the commercial go over the airwaves, it was decided the commercial would be run during the pre-game but not during the game even though they had the money to pay for the spot. Talk about “American principles at stake.” There was absolutely nothing wrong with the ad. No sex, drugs, offensive language, violence or intense imagery. Heck, the spot was so carefully worded and executed it was practically fluff. A second instance I know of concerns entertainment personality and entrepreneur Glenn Beck. It happened for well over a year. Advertisers were pulling their spots from his show left and right; leaving only Goldline and other 1+ minute spots to air. Advertisers pulled their spots from Glenn’s show and requested their spots be played elsewhere because their consumers were raising their voices. Another clear situation in which “American principles are at stake.” In the simplest of forms it is a clear violation of speech. Mr. Simmons remained silent in both of the above mentioned cases. I’m not insinuating either party (Lowe’s & Mr. Simmons) is right, I’m just holding Mr. Simmons accountable. One cannot state his argument for just certain groups and individuals. Well, he can but that’s a clear line of opinion and that’s where this lies. Discerning from his own beliefs, Mr. Simmons is a supporter of OWS, I’m surprised he doesn’t fight for every group or individual to have their show supported by everyone. Mr. Simmons has no problem with this show or the content within or surrounding it because that’s his opinion. He does, however, have a problem with Glenn Beck; and I would just assume that he feels no need to defend a Christian organization because Christians aren’t a minority group. In the end Mr. Simmons is just more white noise in an already confused and over-informed society. People need TRUTH and not the rubbish heard spewing from their television set or the bizarre articles, like this one, from the interwebs. I’m done now.
What are your thoughts?