Frank Stallone is backtracking after getting slammed for calling Parkland, Florida, shooting survivor and student activist David Hogg a "p*ssy" and "b*tch" on social media.
After earning many Twitter users' ire, the actor and musician is now expressing his remorse for his derogatory tweet towards the 17-year-old student activist.
Stallone reached out with an apology to the student on Twitter, explaining that he did not mean to promote violence and he is "deeply ashamed" of his words.
To everyone and to David Hogg especially. I want to deeply apologize for my irresponsible words. I would never in a million years wish or promote violence to anyone anywhere on this planet. After what these kids went though I’m deeply ashamed. Please accept my apology. Frank — Frank Stallone (@Stallone) April 1, 2018
Stallone Takes Shots At Students
Best known as the brother of action star Sylvester Stallone, he posted an enraged post on Twitter directed at the teenager on Saturday, March 31. The tweet has since been deleted from Stallone's account, but by then, Twitter users have already taken screenshots of his mocking post.
"This David Hogg p*ssy is getting a little big for his britches," Stallone wrote. "I'm sure someone from his age group is dying to sucker punch this rich little b*tch. Watch him run home like the coward he is. He's the worst rep for today's youth headline grabbing punk."
Hogg and other students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, have captured the national stage as they advocate for gun control following the deadly shooting at their school that killed 17 and injured many more. Stallone also attacked Hogg's classmate Emma Gonzalez, saying she is a "headline grabbing clown." This tweet has also been deleted, according to New York Daily News.
Laura Ingraham Also Slams Hogg
It's not just Stallone who grabbed the headlines for taking shots at the Parkland students. Host of Fox News, Laura Ingraham, also took to Twitter for a disparaging tweet targeting Hogg.
David Hogg Rejected By Four Colleges To Which He Applied and whines about it. (Dinged by UCLA with a 4.1 GPA...totally predictable given acceptance rates.) https://t.co/wflA4hWHXY — Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) March 28, 2018
In response, the student tweeted a list of advertisers of Fox's The Ingraham Angle, encouraging his social media followers to use their voices online to urge them to drop their support for the show.
Like Stallone, Ingraham apologized on Twitter, pointing out that her show was the first one to feature Hogg after the shooting.
By then, multiple advertisers have already withdrew their support for the show and the number is growing. So far, the list includes Nutrish, TripAdvisor, Wayfair, Nestlé, Hulu, Expedia, Stitch Fix, Johnson & Johnson, Office Depot, Jenny Craig, Jos A Bank, Miracle Ear, Liberty Mutual, Principal, Honda, Progressive, and Bayer, according to Mediaite.
Ingraham has announced a weeklong break from her show, which Fox News says is preplanned.