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Posts from: December 2011

Kayak’s All-American Muslim response is better than Lowe’s, but still gives bigotry too much weight

The travel search engine Kayak has apologized for its handling of advertising on TLC’s All-American Muslim, condemning “regrettable hatred” but also saying that the show “sucked.” Even though they will not continue to advertise, their response is a demonstration of what Lowe’s should have done instead of just pandering to bigots to get their business–although …

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Jesus/Coach sends a member of his flock to Ozzy’s Pleasure Dome

Divine intervention and/or incredible self-delusion and/or good strategy sent Brandon Hantz to Redemption Island on Survivor South Pacific, as Ben “Coach” Wade turned on his ally after Brandon shockingly gave up immunity during Tribal Council. That sends us into Sunday’s finale with Brandon facing off against Ozzy Lusth during the final Redemption Island duel, and …

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Biggest Loser’s plan for increasing drama: forcing couples to compete against each other

The Biggest Loser has a new plan to make people cry, and I’m not talking about stretching 40 minutes of content into two hours. For the show’s 13th season, couples will be split up and be forced to compete against each other while being trained by Bob Harper or Dolvett Quince, as the show isn’t …

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Richard Hatch says he was replaced by Rob Mariano on Survivor Redemption Island

Survivor winner Richard Hatch would have been cast on Survivor Redemption Island instead of its eventual winner, Rob Mariano, but Hatch was not permitted to participate by a court, he said upon being released from prison again today. We previously knew that he was offered Heroes vs. Villains but a judge said no. “Boston Rob …

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TLC, A&E reject Todd Palin snowmobile series that Sarah Palin and Mark Burnett are pitching

Both TLC and A&E have rejected a follow-up series to Sarah Palin’s Alaska following Todd Palin’s activities as a snowmobile racer that is being produced by Mark Burnett. Burnett and Sarah Palin are pitching the new series “focused on Palin’s husband Todd and his career as a championship snowmobile racer,” according to The Hollywood Reporter, …

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Lowe’s defends pulling ads from All-American Muslim, will “respectfully defer” to bigots

Lowe’s is defending its decision late last week to pull advertising from TLC’s All-American Muslim because of insane complaints about its portrayal of Muslims as normal people. The organization that started the campaign to get advertisers to pull ads, calling the show “propaganda,” is claiming other companies have also stopped advertising. The organization posted a …

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Lowe’s pulls ads from TLC’s All-American Muslim

Here’s another reason to shop at Home Depot: Big-box hardware store Lowe’s decided to pull its advertising from TLC’s All-American Muslim because of unspecified complaints about its content. The series profiles several Michigan families who happen to be Muslim but are otherwise very different–and it’s one of TLC’s better series. The conservative/crazy Florida Family Association …

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Rachel’s X Factor elimination: the tears should be Nicole’s for being a failed judge

Rachel Crow was eliminated from The X Factor last night, because she received the fewest number of viewer votes. Her exit may be sad for Rachel and her fans, but it is not surprising for those who watch reality competitions. It’s also not surprising that terrifyingly bad judge Nicole Scherzinger is responsible for the elimination–not …

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