Over the last year, dozens of major brands have pulled advertising on the Fox News shows of Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham. Bayer AG, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies on earth, is the latest to choose to stop running ads on these shows.
Between 2006 and 2011, he called into popular shock jock radio program “Bubba The Love Sponge,” multiple times and insulted famous women, called women “extremely primitive,” and defended both child-marriage and statutory rape in the case of male and female children. He also had this to say about a female teacher who took advantage of a 13-year old male student.
“So my point is that teachers like this, not necessarily this one in particular, but they are doing a service to all 13-year-old girls by taking the pressure off. They are a pressure relief valve, like the kind you have on your furnace.”
Carlson is also known for publicly supporting white nationalist conspiracy theories, including that of an ongoing South African genocide against white farmers. He even accused the New York Times of supporting this genocide, which has no factual basis.
Ingraham came under fire in 2018 for attacking the teenaged Parkland shooting survivor and gun control advocate David Hogg on Twitter. As a result, her show lost more than a dozen advertisers, including giants like Johnson & Johnson and Hulu, which forced her to apologize to then 18-year-old Hogg.
She also has been criticized for comparing the ICE immigrant child desert detainment camps, for which officials refuse to provide data about how many children have died in custody, to “summer camps.”
While Bayer announced that they would no longer advertise on Ingraham’s show in March 2018, they quietly returned in August 2018 and have been regular advertisers ever since. However, after a long break for advertising on Carlson’s show, their return on Monday’s broadcast went viral and received widespread internet backlash.
A source close to Bayer told Popular Information that the public outrage has caused Bayer to reconsider advertising on both shows. They ran their last ad on Carlson’s show on June 4th, and their last ads on Ingraham’s show on May 30th. Bayer will not be returning to either program.
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