Hours after Parkland survivor David Hogg called for a boycott of Laura Ingraham’s Fox News show, some advertisers are taking notice: So far, pet-food maker Nutrish and TripAdvisor announced they're pulling ads from her show.
Earlier this week Ingraham mocked David Hogg, a survivor of the Florida school shooting and activist for gun control, for not getting into all of the colleges he applied to. In response, Hogg asked his nearly 600,000 Twitter followers to boycott Ingraham’s biggest advertisers: Sleep Number, AT&T, Nutrish, Allstate & Esurance, Bayer, Rocket Mortgage, Liberty Mutual, Arby’s, TripAdvisor, Nestle, Hulu, and Wayfair.
Pet food company Nurtish was the first to announce it was removing its ads from Ingraham’s programs, which include the "Ingraham Angle" on Fox News and a syndicated radio show, "The Laura Ingraham Show."
TripAdvisor is also pulling their ads from Ingraham’s programs. In a statement sent to VICE News, a company spokesperson said: “In our view, these statements focused on a high school student, cross the line of decency. As such, we have made a decision to stop advertising on that program.”
The rest of the advertisers haven’t publicly responded to the call, which was tweeted out late Wednesday night, nor have they responded to requests for comments.
Many conservative outlets and activists began criticizing Hogg for his lack of college prospects after the 17-year-old told TMZ he was recently rejected by four University of California schools: UCLA, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Irvine. He added that he'd been accepted to Florida Atlantic University, Cal Poly, and Cal State San Marcos.
“At this point we’re changing the world,” Hogg told TMZ. “If colleges want to support us in that, great; if not, doesn’t matter. We’re still going to change the world.”
Ingraham took to Twitter to say that Hogg was whining about his rejections and said it was “totally predictable” that he wouldn’t be accepted to those universities with a 4.1 GPA. She did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Hogg answered Ingraham's criticism by tweeting out a list of her biggest advertisers, and encouraging his followers to boycott them.
TMZ producer Harvey Levin, who interviewed Hogg, responded to Ingram asking if she'd even watched the interview.
“David was not whining,” Levin tweeted. “I called him about the story. He was not feeling sorry for himself in the slightest. It was my idea that colleges should consider applicants who are so committed. Did you watch the video???”
Other survivors and activists have been tweeting as well, including Hogg's sister, 14-year-old Lauren Hogg, who told Ingraham to "please grow up."
This kind of overtly personal criticism is nothing new to the survivors of the Feb. 14 Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting. Hogg and his classmates, many of whom have become vocal activists in favor of gun control reform, have been the target of conservative criticism for weeks. The attacks have gotten considerably more aggressive since they planned and appeared at Saturday’s March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C.
Since then, Hogg has been compared to Hitler Youth by Minnesota Republican Rep. Mary Franson and right-wing media outlets like Breitbart, Infowars, and Bill Mitchell. Parkland survivor Emma González, another vocal activist, has been targeted and criticized by conservatives for wearing a Cuban flag on her jacket. A doctored video of González tearing up the Constitution spread on conservative social media over the weekend as well.
Both students, along with their peers, have also fallen victim to conspiracy theories that they are paid actors who are pretending to be grieving teenagers.
Cover image: Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student David Hogg adresses the crowd during the March For Our Lives rally against gun violence in Washington, DC on March 24, 2018. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)
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