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All American Muslim S01E01 How to Marry a Muslim
All American Muslim S01E01 How to Marry a Muslim
Published: 2014/09/13
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All American Muslim S01E02 The Fast and the Furious
All American Muslim S01E02 The Fast and the Furious
Published: 2014/09/13
Channel: Ahmed H Basalamah
All American Muslim S01E05 Muslims Moving On
All American Muslim S01E05 Muslims Moving On
Published: 2014/09/13
Channel: Ahmed H Basalamah
All American Muslim S01E04 Friday Night Bites
All American Muslim S01E04 Friday Night Bites
Published: 2014/09/13
Channel: Ahmed H Basalamah
All American Muslim S01E08 END Season One Crunch Time
All American Muslim S01E08 END Season One Crunch Time
Published: 2014/09/13
Channel: Ahmed H Basalamah
All American Muslim S01E06 A Change at Redemption
All American Muslim S01E06 A Change at Redemption
Published: 2014/09/13
Channel: Ahmed H Basalamah
Ignorant Hostess | All-American Muslim
Ignorant Hostess | All-American Muslim
Published: 2011/11/22
Channel: TLC
All American Muslim S01E03 A Muslim Goes to Washington
All American Muslim S01E03 A Muslim Goes to Washington
Published: 2014/09/13
Channel: Ahmed H Basalamah
All American Muslim S01E07 The Day the World Changed
All American Muslim S01E07 The Day the World Changed
Published: 2014/09/13
Channel: Ahmed H Basalamah
All American Muslim Fox News   YouTube
All American Muslim Fox News YouTube
Published: 2012/07/07
Channel: mohammad moktadir
All-American Muslim (2011) - Official Trailer
All-American Muslim (2011) - Official Trailer
Published: 2011/11/01
Channel: DocumentaryTrailers
Extremists | All-American Muslim
Extremists | All-American Muslim
Published: 2012/01/05
Channel: TLC
Infertility Struggle | All-American Muslim
Infertility Struggle | All-American Muslim
Published: 2011/12/01
Channel: TLC
TLC
TLC's All American Muslim Hijab Shopping Clip - Haute Hijab
Published: 2011/12/12
Channel: Haute Hijab
Living with Parents | All-American Muslim
Living with Parents | All-American Muslim
Published: 2011/12/15
Channel: TLC
The All American Muslims Debate (Part 1).
The All American Muslims Debate (Part 1).
Published: 2012/08/05
Channel: Abdul Majid Chougule
Suhaib Webb | The Need for American Muslim Imams and Scholars | 15th MAS ICNA Convention
Suhaib Webb | The Need for American Muslim Imams and Scholars | 15th MAS ICNA Convention
Published: 2017/01/05
Channel: MASICNAConvention
All American Muslim - Nadar and Nawal Aoude
All American Muslim - Nadar and Nawal Aoude
Published: 2011/11/17
Channel: MojoInTheMorning
Harmony | All-American Muslim
Harmony | All-American Muslim
Published: 2011/10/26
Channel: TLC
All-American Muslims Debate: How Do You Feel About Muslims Living in the US?
All-American Muslims Debate: How Do You Feel About Muslims Living in the US?
Published: 2011/11/15
Channel: Anderson
Hijabs for School | All-American Muslim
Hijabs for School | All-American Muslim
Published: 2011/12/15
Channel: TLC
Wedding Rehearsal | All-American Muslim
Wedding Rehearsal | All-American Muslim
Published: 2011/10/26
Channel: TLC
Lowes Pulls Ads on All American Muslim
Lowes Pulls Ads on All American Muslim
Published: 2011/12/11
Channel: The Young Turks
Football Practice During Ramadan | All-American Muslim
Football Practice During Ramadan | All-American Muslim
Published: 2011/11/22
Channel: TLC
Tattoo by Ami James | All American Muslim
Tattoo by Ami James | All American Muslim
Published: 2012/01/04
Channel: TLC
All-American Muslim Tattoos | NY Ink
All-American Muslim Tattoos | NY Ink
Published: 2012/03/05
Channel: TLC
Don
Don't Be a Crazy Person | All-American Muslim
Published: 2011/12/12
Channel: TLC
Un-Aired LOWE
Un-Aired LOWE'S Commercial for "All-American Muslim"
Published: 2011/12/15
Channel: Gregory Bonsignore
The All American Muslims Debate (Part 3).
The All American Muslims Debate (Part 3).
Published: 2012/08/05
Channel: Abdul Majid Chougule
Night of Power | All-American Muslim
Night of Power | All-American Muslim
Published: 2011/12/12
Channel: TLC
Belly Dancers or Strippers? | All-American Muslim
Belly Dancers or Strippers? | All-American Muslim
Published: 2011/11/16
Channel: TLC
To Leave or Not To Leave | All American Muslim
To Leave or Not To Leave | All American Muslim
Published: 2012/01/11
Channel: TLC
Lowe
Lowe's CEO Responds to All-American Muslim Controversy
Published: 2011/12/31
Channel: Funny Or Die
Suehaila Amen from All American Muslim on My Fellow American
Suehaila Amen from All American Muslim on My Fellow American
Published: 2012/01/11
Channel: myfellowamericantv
All-American Muslim - A Senseless Act of Violence
All-American Muslim - A Senseless Act of Violence
Published: 2011/12/15
Channel: TLC
Defending Our Faith | All-American Muslim
Defending Our Faith | All-American Muslim
Published: 2012/01/05
Channel: TLC
Moe on All American Muslim on TLC
Moe on All American Muslim on TLC
Published: 2012/01/05
Channel: eatsnax
The All American Muslims Debate (Part 4).
The All American Muslims Debate (Part 4).
Published: 2012/08/05
Channel: Abdul Majid Chougule
Stop Labeling Me | All American Muslim
Stop Labeling Me | All American Muslim
Published: 2012/01/18
Channel: TLC
All-American Muslim | Sunday Nov. 13th @ 10/9c *
All-American Muslim | Sunday Nov. 13th @ 10/9c *
Published: 2011/11/03
Channel: TLC
Baby Complications | All-American Muslim
Baby Complications | All-American Muslim
Published: 2011/12/01
Channel: TLC
What Muslims think of All American Muslim Part 1
What Muslims think of All American Muslim Part 1
Published: 2011/11/26
Channel: altalibnewsmag
Leave it to God | All-American Muslim
Leave it to God | All-American Muslim
Published: 2011/12/12
Channel: TLC
All-American Muslim Women Go Shopping, Talk About Faith
All-American Muslim Women Go Shopping, Talk About Faith
Published: 2012/01/06
Channel: VOAMiddleEast
Mike Rivero : All American Muslim Show
Mike Rivero : All American Muslim Show
Published: 2012/01/08
Channel: celeron112
The Conversion Scene On TLC
The Conversion Scene On TLC's "All American Muslim"
Published: 2011/11/14
Channel: Blue Collar Todd
All American Muslim S01E04 Friday Night Bites TEIL 2
All American Muslim S01E04 Friday Night Bites TEIL 2
Published: 2014/01/02
Channel: mohamed vasanthe
The All American Muslims Debate (Part 6).
The All American Muslims Debate (Part 6).
Published: 2012/08/05
Channel: Abdul Majid Chougule
Traveling While Muslim | All-American Muslim
Traveling While Muslim | All-American Muslim
Published: 2011/12/15
Channel: TLC
TLC
TLC's All-American Muslims & Occupy Wallstreet Discussion
Published: 2012/01/03
Channel: OliveBranchWNY
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All-American Muslim
All-American Muslim logo.png
Created by TLC
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 8
Production
Executive producer(s) Nick Emmerson
Jennifer O’Connell
Dan Peirson
Location(s) Dearborn, Michigan
Running time Approx. 43 minutes
Release
Original network TLC
Original release November 13, 2011 (2011-11-13) – January 8, 2012
External links
Website tlc.howstuffworks.com/tv/all-american-muslim

All-American Muslim is an American reality television series that aired on TLC. The program followed the daily lives of five Lebanese-American Shia Muslim[1] families in Dearborn, Michigan, the largest Muslim community in the United States.[2] All-American Muslim premiered on November 13, 2011.

TLC canceled All-American Muslim after one season, citing low ratings.[3]

Format[edit]

Each episode follows members of the various Shia Islamic families going through the events of their daily lives, with emphasis placed on how their faith affects their actions. Interview segments with individual cast members are interspersed throughout, in which they explain specific points of Islam and how they relate to the various situations. Cast members also appear in short round table segments in which they discuss general principles of Islam as they relate to specific events depicted in the episode.

Cast[edit]

  • Amen family: Parents Mohsen and Lila Amen and their adult children Suehaila, Shadia, Bilal and Samira. Shadia has a son, Adam, and in the first episode she marries Jeff McDermott who converted to Islam from Catholicism to marry Shadia. Samira is married to Ali Fawaz.
  • Aoude family: Nader and Nawal Aoude have their first child, Naseem, in episode four.
  • Bazzy-Aliahmad family: Ali and Nina Bazzy-Aliahmad have one son, Andre.
  • Jaafar family: Mike and Angela Jaafar have four children, Jenna, Julia, Jad and Ryan.
  • Zaban family: Fouad and Zaynab Zaban have four children, Jamilah, Ayah, Mohamed and Fatima.[4]

Development[edit]

TLC ordered All-American Muslim from Shed Media U.S. in July 2011.[5] The initial order was for eight 30-minute episodes.[6] The episode length later expanded to 60 minutes. TLC general manager Amy Winter said, "We wanted to show there was diversity even within the Muslim community. These are families that might have beliefs that are different than yours, but we are all living similar daily lives and hopefully we will bring that to light."[7]

Before deciding on Dearborn, TLC considered Muslim communities in San Diego, Washington and Northern Virginia.[8]

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Original air date
1 "How to Marry a Muslim" November 13, 2011 (2011-11-13)
2 "The Fast and the Furious" November 20, 2011 (2011-11-20)
3 "A Muslim Goes to Washington" November 27, 2011 (2011-11-27)
4 "Friday Night Bites" December 4, 2011 (2011-12-04)
5 "Muslims Moving On" December 11, 2011 (2011-12-11)
6 "A Chance at Redemption" December 18, 2011 (2011-12-18)
7 "The Day the World Changed" January 1, 2012 (2012-01-01)
8 "Crunch Time" January 8, 2012 (2012-01-08)

Critical and popular response[edit]

Following a screening at the 2011 Television Critics Association Press Tour, The Hollywood Reporter dubbed All-American Muslim "fascinating". Noting that the participants believed the series was not intended to be educational, THR nonetheless felt that "watching their lives will teach us a lot about the culture of Americans who practice Islam and how they’re both similar and unique from us".[9] In a formal review following the series premiere, THR reiterated its praise. With the caveat that the series might look very different were it focused on Dearborn's more conservative Palestinian or Yemeni enclaves, THR found the series "undeniably authentic and moving" and that viewers would come away with a greater understanding of the Muslim-American community.[10]

The series premiere was viewed by 1.7 million viewers. Ratings dropped for subsequent episodes, with the December 18 episode registering 900,000 viewers. The series has averaged 1 million viewers per episode.[11]

Sponsorship controversy[edit]

TLC General Manager Amy Winter was asked about the possibility of sponsor backlash while the series was in production. She responded, "We usually find with TLC that the backlash occurs as soon as we start marketing something and once viewers experience the show, we get a far different response."[7]

On December 9, 2011, born-again Christian David Caton, the "founder and sole employee" of the Florida Family Association,[12] sent e-mails to various companies, claiming that the show is favorable propaganda for Muslims and urging them to withdraw their sponsorship from the show. The home-improvement chain Lowe's did so. FFA posted an email (which Lowe's described as a "form letter"[13]) in which the chain noted FFA's communication and informed the group that it would pull its advertising. A chain spokesperson said it was because of "concerns, complaints or issues from multiple sides of the viewer spectrum" and did not mention the FFA specifically. Lowe's later posted to its Twitter feed: "We did not pull our ads based solely on the complaints or emails of any one group. It is never our intent to alienate anyone. Lowe’s values diversity of thought in everyone, including our employees and prospective customers."[14]

In response to Lowe's decision, celebrities including Russell Simmons and Mia Farrow called for a boycott of the retail outlet. Simmons bought advertising time for the episode scheduled to air December 18, 2011. Actor and former Associate Director in the White House Office of Public Engagement Kal Penn also called for a boycott.[15] Representative Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to the United States Congress, criticized Lowe's decision "to uphold the beliefs of a fringe hate group and not the creed of the 1st Amendment."[16] Representative John Conyers of Michigan called on Lowe's to apologize. Michigan state representative Rashida Tlaib contacted the company's corporate headquarters, reporting that Lowe's declined to change its decision.[17] California state senator Ted Lieu also issued a boycott call, labeling the Lowe's action "bigoted, shameful, and un-American". He further stated he would explore "legislative remedies" if Lowe's did not rescind its decision.[18]

Muslim-American and Arab-American activists joined in the criticism. The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee called upon members to contact Lowe's to urge it to reverse its position.[17] The Los Angeles chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations met to consider possible actions, including boycotts and protests.[16] The Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services, based in Dearborn, and the National Network for Arab-American Communities announced that they would no longer accept donations from Lowe's.[19]

In response, Lowe's stated, "As you know, the TLC program 'All-American Muslim' has become a lightning rod for people to voice complaints from a variety of perspectives – political, social and otherwise. Following this development, dozens of companies removed their advertising from the program beginning in late November. Lowe’s made the decision to discontinue our advertising on Dec. 5. As we shared yesterday, we have a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion, and we’re proud of that longstanding commitment. If we have made anyone question that commitment, we apologize."[18]

FFA stated that 65 companies removed their advertising from the series, including Kayak.com. Kayak's chief marketing officer, Robert Birge, released a statement that TLC was "not upfront" about the nature of the series and that the decision to pull the company's advertising was based in part on the quality of the series, which he said "sucked".[20] Three companies, Campbell Soup Company, Sears Holdings Corporation and Bank of America, disputed FFA's assertion.[21] TLC said advertising support remained strong.[21]

A member of the Internet civil disobedience group Anonymous hacked the FFA's website in response to the controversy, exposing personal information about FFA newsletter subscribers and donors and condemning the group for "hatred, bigotry and fear mongering towards gays, lesbians and most recently Muslim Americans".[20]

Lowe's received a petition on December 20, 2011, calling on Lowe's to reconsider, containing 200,000 signatures. Lowe's met with representatives of the petitioners for over an hour but declined their request.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Warikoo, Niraj (11 November 2011). "TLC premieres 'All-American Muslim' reality TV show". Detroit Free Press. USA Today. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "All-American Muslim". TLC. Archived from the original on December 19, 2011. Retrieved December 15, 2011. 
  3. ^ TLC not bringing 'All-American Muslim' back for second season
  4. ^ "All-American Muslim: Meet the Families". TLC. Retrieved December 15, 2011. 
  5. ^ Rose, Lacey (July 21, 2011). "TLC Orders 'All-American Muslim' Series". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on September 6, 2012. Retrieved January 8, 2017. 
  6. ^ Guthrie, Marisa (July 21, 2011). "TLC Looks at Lives of Muslim Americans". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on January 26, 2013. Retrieved January 8, 2017. 
  7. ^ a b "TLC filming new reality show "All American Muslim" in Dearborn". The Arab American News. July 29, 2011. Archived from the original on January 17, 2013. Retrieved December 15, 2011. 
  8. ^ Muslims caught in reality show crossfire struggle to understand controversy
  9. ^ Nededog, Jethro (July 29, 2011). "TLC's 'All-American Muslim': More Educational Than the Cast Will Admit". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on January 25, 2013. Retrieved January 8, 2017. 
  10. ^ All-American Muslim: TV Review
  11. ^ 'Muslim' TV ratings dive amid media frenzy
  12. ^ Samuel G. Freedman, "Waging a One-Man War on American Muslims", New York Times, 16 December 2011
  13. ^ a b Lowe's Denies Request From 200,000 Petitioners to Reinstate Advertising on 'All-American Muslim'
  14. ^ Szalai, Georg (December 9, 2011). "Lowe's Pulls Ads from TLC Show 'All-American Muslim'". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on January 26, 2013. Retrieved January 8, 2017. 
  15. ^ Hughes, Sarah Anne (December 13, 2011). "Russell Simmons, Kal Penn offer support to 'All American Muslim' after Lowe’s pulls sponsorship". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 15, 2011. 
  16. ^ a b Li, Shan (December 13, 2011). "Lowe's faces backlash over pulling ads from 'All-American Muslim'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 15, 2011. 
  17. ^ a b Williams, Oralandar Brand (December 13, 2011). "Muslims consider Lowe's boycott". The Detroit News. Archived from the original on December 16, 2011. Retrieved December 15, 2011. 
  18. ^ a b Potts, Kimberly (December 12, 2011). "Mia Farrow, Russell Simmons Urge Lowe's Boycott After Muslim Ad Drama". TheWrap.com. Archived from the original on February 4, 2013. Retrieved January 8, 2017. 
  19. ^ Toby, Mekeisha Madden (December 15, 2011). "Lowe's ad fracas ups interest in show". The Detroit News. Archived from the original on December 16, 2011. Retrieved December 15, 2011. 
  20. ^ a b Liebowitz, Matt (December 14, 2011). "Anonymous hacks group in Muslim TV show uproar". SecurityNewsDaily.com. Archived from the original on December 15, 2011. Retrieved December 15, 2011.  Archived page requires scrolldown.
  21. ^ a b Elliott, Stuart; Stelter, Brian (December 13, 2011). "Controversy Drives Advertisers From 'All-American Muslim' — Or Does it?". The New York Times. 

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