Advertisers are beginning to drop like flies from The Ingraham Angle after its host mocked Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg for not getting into four University of California colleges.

“David Hogg Rejected By Four Colleges To Which He Applied and whines about it,” the Fox News host tweeted. “(Dinged by UCLA with a 4.1 GPA…totally predictable given acceptance rates.)”

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.) https://t.co/wflA4hWHXY

— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) March 28, 2018

In response, Hogg called for his supporters to boycott advertisers on Laura Ingraham’s Fox News show, The Ingraham Angle. 

Rachael Ray’s pet food company, Nutrish, wrote in a tweet to Hogg that they are “in the process of removing [their] ads from Laura Ingraham’s program.”

Not long after Nutrish pulled their sponsorship, online travel website TripAdvisor announced they will no longer advertise on Ingraham’s show, saying in a statement that her comments “cross the line of decency.”

“We believe strongly in the values of our company, especially the one that says, ‘We are better together.’ We also believe Americans can disagree while still being agreeable, and that the free exchange of ideas within a community, in a peaceful manner, is the cornerstone of our democracy,” the company stated.

Home-goods digital retailer Wayfair also announced Thursday they will be pulling their advertisements from Ingraham’s show, telling The Daily Beast in a statement: “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.”

Thursday afternoon online travel booking company Expedia announced they are no longer advertising during Laura Ingraham’s show, telling HuffPost, “Expedia no longer advertises on this show.”

The company neglected to mention whether this was in response to Ingraham’s comments.

A spokesperson for Nestlé told ThinkProgress the company will no longer run advertisements during The Ingraham Angle.

“We have no plans to buy ads on the show in the future,” a spokesperson for a company said.

Media Matters For America compiled a comprehensive list of Ingraham’s advertisers, which Hogg tweeted out to his supporters and recommended they each contact three or four.

If you want to help I would suggest contacting 3-4 of these companies. Lets do this

— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) March 29, 2018

Companies like Nutrisystem, Liberty Mutuals, Choice Hotels, and Duracell are some of the top advertisers.

Ingraham only apologized to Hogg after a number companies announced they would stop advertising on her television show.

The tweet was up for over 24 hours before she issued an apology. According to Ingraham, the “spirit of Holy Week” motivated her to apologize for upsetting or hurting Hogg. Ingraham does not apologize for calling him a “whiner.”

“Any student should be proud of a 4.2 GPA —including David Hogg. On reflection, in the spirit of Holy Week, I apologize for any upset or hurt my tweet caused him or any of the brave victims of Parkland. For the record, I believe my show was the first to feature David immediately after that horrific shooting. And as always, he’s welcome to come on my show anytime for a productive discussion.”

Any student should be proud of a 4.2 GPA —incl. @DavidHogg111. On reflection, in the spirit of Holy Week, I apologize for any upset or hurt my tweet caused him or any of the brave victims of Parkland. For the record, I believe my show was the first to feature David…(1/2)

— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) March 29, 2018

… immediately after that horrific shooting and even noted how “poised” he was given the tragedy. As always, he’s welcome to return to the show anytime for a productive discussion. WATCH: https://t.co/5wcd00wWpd (2/2)

— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) March 29, 2018

Hogg, however, was unimpressed with Ingraham’s apology.

“She only apologized after we went after advertisers,” he told The New York Times in an interview Thursday. “It kind of speaks for itself.”

“I’m not going to stoop to her level and go after her on a personal level,” he said. “I’m going to go after her advertisers.”

I 100% agree an apology in an effort just to save your advertisers is not enough. I will only accept your apology only if you denounce the way your network has treated my friends and I️ in this fight. It’s time to love thy neighbor, not mudsling at children. https://t.co/H0yWs4zMGk

— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) March 29, 2018

Companies felt pressured to pull advertisements from Ingraham’s show after Hogg responded to Ingraham’s comments indirectly on Twitter Wednesday night, tagging many of the companies who had advertising deals with her show and asking why they supported her mocking rhetoric.

“Why do you support this?” he tweeted at several companies, including Arby’s Sleep Number, AT&T, Allstate, Hulu, and Liberty Mutual.

Pick a number 1-12 contact the company next to that #

Top Laura Ingraham Advertisers1. @sleepnumber 2. @ATT 3. Nutrish4. @Allstate & @esurance 5. @Bayer 6. @RocketMortgage Mortgage 7. @LibertyMutual8. @Arbys 9. @TripAdvisor 10. @Nestle 11. @hulu 12. @Wayfair

— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) March 29, 2018

After Hogg’s tweets gained attention from the press overnight, some companies decided to withdraw advertisements from her show.

 

This story will be updated with more information from the advertisers.

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