Simmons Buys Ads for 'All-American Muslim'
The Root DC is reporting that hip-hop mogul and activist Russell Simmons has stepped up to purchase ads for TLC's reality show All-American Muslim after Lowe's recently withdrew its support, following complaints from a Florida family organization.
Lowe's decision caused a loud public outcry. Simmons, who is chairman of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, which promotes racial and interfaith harmony -- especially among Jews and Muslims -- went on Twitter to decry the move. He called it "stupid" and "Islamophobic."
The Root DC reports:
Now, he's gone a step further.
He tweeted on Monday, "Just purchased remaining spots for [‘All American Muslim'] for next week. He also said, "The show is now sold out! keep your money [Lowe's] and we will keep ours."
Other celebrities including actors Kal Penn and Mia Farrow also made statements on Twitter against Lowe's. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), the first Muslim elected to Congress, said, "Corporate America needs to take a stand against these anti-Muslim fringe groups and stand up for what is right because this is what it means to be an American."
A petition was also created to keep the show's current sponsors to remain with the show and already has more than 20,000 signatures.
Way to go, Russell Simmons. To borrow a cliché, he doesn't just talk the talk; he walks the walk. Goodness knows we have enough talkers out there.
Read The Root's earlier coverage here.