Maybe the student survivors of the Parkland tragedy are smarter than we know.
Fox News anchor Laura Ingraham yesterday stupidly criticized student David Hogg, alleging he whined when he was not accepted to some major universities despite his 4.1 GPA. This was a personal attack on a student who not only was a Parkland shooting survivor but an organizers of two recent events which spawned national attention.
Hogg wasted no time in responding, but he did not respond to Ingraham. He went on social media and asked for a boycott of advertisers on her TV show. And he got it. Expedia, Wayfair, Rachel Ray Nutrist, among others, replied that they were pulling their ads from the show.
Only then, and saying it was due to this being Holy Week, Ingraham went back to twitter to offer and apology. She is learning from a teenager what happens when you cross the line. This was a matter better kept in her own mind. Hogg says he does not accept her apology nor will he return to her program.
Will other advertisers follow suit? Time will tell....
In the meantime, will a university realize what a catch Hogg is and make an offer to sign him up?
Here are all the companies (so far) that have said they will stop advertising on Ingraham’s show:
The streaming TV and video service responded to Hogg on social media by saying it was no longer advertising on Ingraham’s show, and that it would be “monitoring all of our ad placements carefully.”
“We have no plans to buy ads on the show in the future,” Nestle said on Twitter on Thursday.
The travel review and booking site TripAdvisor said it does not “condone the inappropriate comments made by this broadcaster. 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.”
“We do not plan to continue advertising on this particular program,” the online furniture and housewares retailer said in a statement regarding 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.”
The apparel subscription service responded to boycott requests on social media by saying that it will stop advertising on Ingraham’s show.
The Rachael Ray-owned pet food brand said it is in the process of pulling ads from Ingraham’s show.