Government officials are overstepping their boundaries when it comes to businesses and advertising.
Lowe's Home Improvement has found itself facing a backlash after the retail giant pulled ads from a reality show about American Muslims.
The show premiered last month and chronicles the lives of five families from Dearborn, Mich., a Detroit suburb with a large Muslim and Arab-American population.
A state senator from Southern California said Sunday he was considering calling for a boycott.
Calling the Lowe's decision "un-American" and "naked religious bigotry," Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, told The Associated Press he would also consider legislative action if Lowe's doesn't apologize to Muslims and reinstate its ads. The senator sent a letter outlining his complaints to Lowe's Chief Executive Officer Robert A. Niblock.
The North Carolina-based Lowe's issued a statement apologizing for having "managed to make some people very unhappy."
The senator vowed to look into whether Lowe's violated any California laws and said he would also consider drafting a senate resolution condemning the company's actions.
This problem is not an issue for the senate. If Lowe's decides against providing advertisements for a television show, it should have the ability to do so. Spending habits of shoppers, not the government, will let the home improvement warehouse know if they made the right marketing decision.