Fox News host Laura Ingraham highlighted a story about how Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg has been rejected from four colleges despite having a “4.1 GPA.” Over 35,000 people responded to Ingraham’s tweet, including Hogg and his sister.
Hogg tweeted out a list of Ingraham’s top advertisers and asked his followers to contact them:
Pick a number 1-12 contact the company next to that #
Top Laura Ingraham Advertisers
4. @Allstate & @esurance
6. @RocketMortgage Mortgage
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) March 29, 2018
Now, it looks like his initiative to take action is working, as several companies have announced they have pulled their ads.
Nutrish was the first company to end its partnership and responded to Hogg’s tweet:
We are in the process of removing our ads from Laura Ingraham’s program.
— Nutrish (@Nutrish) March 29, 2018
Soon after, home goods company Wayfair also ended its partnership, telling CNBC:
“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.
We do not plan to continue advertising on this particular program.”
TripAdvisor also pulled its ads, explaining that it doesn’t “condone the inappropriate comments made by this broadcaster.” It added, “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.”
Ingraham has since apologized on Twitter for her previous comments, saying, “I apologize for any upset or hurt my tweet caused him or any of the brave victims of Parkland.”