Best Buy's ad pleases Muslims, upsets criticsMore on it here from MN.
BY NIRAJ WARIKOO The Record SPECIAL FROM THE DETROIT FREE PRESS
DETROIT — A Thanksgiving ad by Best Buy that wishes readers a Happy Eid has upset some critics but pleased American Muslims.
Eid al-Adha, a Muslim holiday, happens to fall this year on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving and the one of the busiest times of the year for retailers.
In the ad, Best Buy says to "Shop Thanksgiving Day at BestBuy.com," according to a copy posted on Crunch Gear.
Right above in smaller print, it says "Happy Eid al-Adha."
Some protested the ad on Web forums at Best Buy's Web site.
"Clearly the liberal/PC culture in your corporate offices is biased against Christians and traditional American values," wrote one poster.
Muslim-Americans welcomed the ad, seeing it as a sign they are increasingly part of the American fabric.
"Thanksgiving and Eid al-Adha are now sharing the same spiritual and social space," Nihad Awad, national executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said in a statement Tuesday.
Best Buy spokeswoman Erin Gunderson defended the ad, saying "Best Buy's customers and employees around the world represent a variety of faiths and denominations."