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Fox News host Laura Ingraham just made an enemy out of Parkland survivor David Hogg—and now she may be losing her show’s sponsors.
Ingraham gained widespread criticism after she shared a story on Wednesday from conservative news site the Daily Wire on the teen’s rejections from four University of California’s campuses. She attacked Hogg in her tweet, saying he “whines” about his rejections, of which she called the UCLA response “totally predictable.”
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
Hogg fired back by crowdsourcing The Laura Ingraham Show’s top advertisers and asking followers to pick one and contact the company in question.
Working on a list rn !— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) March 29, 2018
Pick a number 1-12 contact the company next to that #— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) March 29, 2018
Top Laura Ingraham Advertisers
4. @Allstate & @esurance
6. @RocketMortgage Mortgage
Hogg’s tweets quickly blew up, with both celebrities and followers alike vowing to outright boycott Ingraham’s sponsors.
Hey @Arbys I love your sandwiches but I don't love your spending advertising dollars supporting Laura Ingraham, who is maliciously attacking Parkland students. Please demonstrate that @ArbysCares by pulling your ads from her show. Thanks! --RC— Richard Cheese (@RichardCheese) March 29, 2018
This is a fantastic way to counter an “adult” who attacks you!— DianeW (@BellaLuna468) March 29, 2018
I will help every way I can!
Thanks David, consider them boycotted!— JillAnne (@JillAnne74) March 29, 2018
David, I'd be shocked if ANY of these reputable businesses kept their ads on @IngrahamAngle 's show after her harassment of young teens who were victims of gun violence.— (((DuneMyThang™))) (@Kris_Sacrebleu) March 29, 2018
I imagine MANY will cancel ads as Laura Ingraham CERTAINLY does not reflect their corporate values.
If anyone needs an example of what to say: pic.twitter.com/fLxueDT2Ju— Kate Basler (@kaybe224) March 29, 2018
After all, it’s enough to survive a school shooting, be a student activist, apply to college, and simply be a teenager, so to be attacked for rejection seems like a pretty low blow for a grown person to make. Hogg’s friends, family, and followers have stood in solidarity with him, criticizing Ingraham for her behavior.
I can’t believe some of these companies would do business with a person that slanders children who survived a deadly school shooting. Shameful! #BoycottIngramAdverts— Scott Draper (@dsdraper) March 29, 2018
Attacking a traumatized kid for a 4.1 GPA. Good on you #GOP. Keeping it classy always. Party of family values and all that.....— Wenders K. (@StuntMommy) March 28, 2018
You’re a mother.— Bess Kalb (@bessbell) March 28, 2018
Happy Thursday to everyone but Laura Ingraham.— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) March 29, 2018
Are you really picking on a teenager who just watched his classmates die in pools of their own blood less than two months ago?— Brooke Binkowski (@brooklynmarie) March 28, 2018
Interestingly enough, Ingraham’s claims aren’t just inappropriate. They’re also factually incorrect.
Hogg never used his public platform to “whine” about the denials. Footage from TMZ simply shows Hogg calling the Parkland activists’ college rejections “annoying” and admitting that there are “a lot of amazing people that don’t get into college.” But otherwise, he doesn’t have much to say about his applications. If anything, Hogg took the news pretty gracefully.
He doesn't whine though, there is literally a quote saying he understands why he didn't get in.— Ben Jablonski (@bajablonski) March 28, 2018
Ingraham should not comment on articles that she hasn't read -- really no one should, but especially her because I doubt her followers will read it as well. There is nothing in that article that would lead someone to say that he was whining about anything.— Ron Marans (@ronmarans) March 28, 2018
Oh, and sponsors are listening to the protests. Pet food company Nutrish has already vowed to pull its ads.
We are in the process of removing our ads from Laura Ingraham’s program.— Nutrish (@Nutrish) March 29, 2018
Ingraham isn’t the only celebrity attacking Hogg. Roseanne Barr tweeted a conspiracy theory about Hogg earlier this week, claiming Hogg engaged in a “Nazi salute.” She also previously retweeted a conspiracy theory claiming Hogg “didn’t attend Parkland high school.”
Update 1:05pm CT, March 29: TripAdvisor and home goods Wayfair have also announced they are pulling ads from Ingraham’s show.
“As a company, we support open dialogue and debate on issues. However, 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,” Jane Carpenter, Wayfair’s head of public relations, told CNBC.
companies to announce ad suspensions of @IngrahamAngle's show:— J.D. Durkin (@jiveDurkey) March 29, 2018
TripAdvisor says "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."
Update 2:20pm CT, March 29: After several sponsors dropped out of her show, Ingraham has apologized to Hogg.
“Any student should be proud of a 4.2 GPA —[email protected],” she tweeted Thursday afternoon. “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.”
She then went on to congratulate herself for once having him on her show. “For the record, I believe my show was the first to feature David immediately after that horrific shooting and even noted how ‘poised’ he was given the tragedy,” she wrote. “As always, he’s welcome to return to the show anytime for a productive discussion.”
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
... immediately after that horrific shooting and even noted how "poised" he was given the tragedy. As always, he’s welcome to return to the show anytime for a productive discussion. WATCH: https://t.co/5wcd00wWpd (2/2)— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) March 29, 2018
Ana Valens is a reporter specializing in online queer communities, marginalized identities, and adult content creation. She is Daily Dot's Trans/Sex columnist. Her work has appeared at Vice, Vox, Truthout, Bitch Media, Kill Screen, Rolling Stone, and the Toast. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and spends her free time developing queer adult games.