Ingraham loses advertisers over Parkland controversy

Greg Nash

At least 11 advertisers on Laura Ingraham’s primetime Fox News show have pulled their support on Thursday in response to her comments mocking Parkland, Fla., shooting survivor David Hogg over his rejection from colleges. 

The top cable news host later apologized “in the spirit of Holy Week” for her remarks, but not before Hogg, a high school senior-turned-gun control activist, tweeted out a list shaming sponsors of “The Ingraham Angle.”

{mosads}As of Friday afternoon, 11 companies have announced they will no longer support the program: Hulu, Nestle, Johnson & Johnson, Office Depot, Jenny Craig, Stitch Fix, Wayfair, TripAdvisor, Expedia, the Atlantis, Paradise Island Resort and Nutrish, a pet food brand.

“As a company, we support open dialogue and debate on issues,” Wayfair told the Daily Beast. “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.”

A Nestle spokesperson told the website, “We have no plans to buy ads on the show in the future.”

Nutrish, which is owned by celebrity chef Rachael Ray, was the first to abandon “The Ingraham Angle.”

“We are in the process of removing our ads from Laura Ingraham’s program, as the comments she has made are not consistent with how we feel people should be treated,” a spokesman for Nutrish told HuffPost.

Hogg survived the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in which 17 students and faculty were killed. 

He rejected Ingraham’s apology in a tweet of his own on Thursday:

Hogg has emerged as one the school’s most vocal proponents of gun control, working with the students who helped organize Saturday’s “March for Our Lives,” which counted more than a million participants nationwide.

Hodd and his fellow survivors have faced sharp criticism from the right, including comparisons to Nazis and reported death threats. 

In her apology, Ingraham said the Parkland student would be welcome back on her show “anytime.”

—Updated Friday at 2:21 p.m.

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