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Posted at 09:47 AM ET, 12/13/2011

Russell Simmons buys ads for ‘All-American Muslim’

Nawal Aoude, a pediatric respiratory therapist, left, and her husband Nader go for a walk in a scene from the TLC series, "All-American Muslim." (Adam Rose - AP)
After the home improvement store Lowe’s recently pulled their ads from TLC’s reality show about five Lebanese-American Muslims in Dearborn, MI., ‘All-American Muslims’, the backlash began.

Among those were Russell Simmons who went on Twitter to express his disappointment. He called Lowe’s decision “Islamophobic” to Entertainment Weekly. 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.”

The Post’s Paul Farhi wrote about the complaints from the Florida Family Association and conservative bloggers like Pamela Gellar that spawned the controversy and led to Lowe’s pulling the ads.

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.

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