Television host Laura Ingraham is facing a major backlash from advertisers.
Many companies have backed out of advertising on her show after she made fun of a Parkland shooting survivor, David Hogg.
Laura Ingraham vs. David Hogg
Hogg was one of the hundreds of students that survived the Florida high school massacre that left 17 dead. He has been very outspoken about gun control and has served as a major voice in taking steps to prevent another tragic shooting.
One of his latest moves was speaking at the March For Our Lives protest in Washington, D.C. over the weekend. A photo of Hogg at the rally went viral as well as one of Ingraham’s comments about him.
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
It didn’t take Hogg long to respond on Twitter. He shared a list of 12 advertisers that support Ingraham’s show The Ingraham Angle with his more than 650,000 followers. He urged his followers to contact the companies and encourage them to back out in support of him.
Pick a number 1-12 contact the company next to that # Top Laura Ingraham Advertisers 1. @sleepnumber 2. @ATT 3. Nutrish 4. @Allstate & @esurance 5. @Bayer 6. @RocketMortgage Mortgage 7. @LibertyMutual 8. @Arbys 9. @TripAdvisor 10. @Nestle 11. @hulu 12. @Wayfair — David Hogg (@davidhogg111) March 29, 2018
Advertisers That Sided With David
It looks like Hogg’s efforts were successful. Various advertisers announced they will no longer support Ingraham’s show. TripAdvisor was one of the first companies that said it would stop running ads, adding that it does not “condone the inappropriate comments made by this broadcaster.”
Wayfair also spoke on its decision to remove advertisements from Ingraham’s show.
“The decision of an adult to personally criticize a high school student who has lost his classmates in an unspeakable tragedy is not consistent with our values,” stated Wayfair.
Streaming service Hulu also announced its decision to back out of its support for Ingraham. Nestle is also on the growing list of advertisers who will no longer support Ingraham. It said that it will not be purchasing any more ads.
Nutrish, a pet food company owned by celebrity chef Rachael Ray, also released a statement and said it was in the process of taking its ads from Ingraham’s series.
Interestingly enough, in a turn of events, Ingraham's fans and followers said they would no longer purchase items from the companies that are backing out of their support for Ingraham.
She Tries To Make It Right?
Ingraham issued an apology for her tweet and recognized that it could come across as offensive for Hogg and his classmates who experienced the tragedy. She even sent an invitation to Hogg to come on her show.
Any student should be proud of a 4.2 GPA —incl. @DavidHogg111. On reflection, in the spirit of Holy Week, I apologize for any upset or hurt my tweet caused him or any of the brave victims of Parkland. For the record, I believe my show was the first to feature David...(1/2) — Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) March 29, 2018
Hogg wasn’t so forgiving and said he would only accept her apology if Ingraham calls out Fox network for how it “has treated” Hogg and other teens that are involved in the fight against gun violence.
I 100% agree an apology in an effort just to save your advertisers is not enough. I will only accept your apology only if you denounce the way your network has treated my friends and I️ in this fight. It’s time to love thy neighbor, not mudsling at children. https://t.co/H0yWs4zMGk — David Hogg (@davidhogg111) March 29, 2018
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