Called Out

David Hogg is calling on advertisers to boycott Laura Ingraham and it’s working

Earlier this week, Fox News host Laura Ingraham took to Twitter and mocked Parkland shooting survivor and gun control activist David Hogg for not being admitted to colleges that he applied to. The backlash was swift, and Hogg took the opportunity to ask his nearly 600,000 Twitter followers to boycott Ingraham’s advertisers.

Just hours after Hogg called for the boycott, Pet-food maker Nutrish announced they’re pulling ads from her show. Ingraham’s remaining advertisers are Sleep Number, AT&T, Nutrish, Allstate & Esurance, Bayer, Rocket Mortgage, Liberty Mutual, Arby’s, TripAdvisor, Nestlé, Hulu, and Wayfair, according to VICE News.

Right-wing media outlets and pundits piled on Hogg after he gave an interview with TMZ where he said he was rejected by four University of California schools.

“At this point we’re changing the world,” Hogg said in the interview. “If colleges want to support us in that, great; if not, doesn’t matter. We’re still going to change the world.”

Ingraham later posted to Twitter saying, “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.)”

Hogg responded to Ingraham’s tweet by calling out her biggest advertisers and encouraging his followers to boycott them.

TMZ producer Harvey Levin defended Hogg, asking Ingraham if she had even taken the time to watch 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???”

From VICE:

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.

All this on top of the fact that the Parkland survivors are being branded as “crisis actors” by conspiracy theorists.

Update: Ingraham has tweeted out an apology to Hogg and “any of the brave victims of Parkland.”

According to Eric Boehlert of Media Matters, Ingraham’s apology is “what panic looks like.”

That sentiment was reflected by many in the comment thread that opened up beneath Ingraham’s apology tweet:

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