On Thursday, HuffPost ran “Tucker Carlson Loses Advertisers After Racist Comments AGAIN.”
From the article:
Tucker Carlson keeps repeating his own dumb history. The Fox News host again is losing advertisers after saying racist stuff.
Disney, T-Mobile, Papa John’s and Vari have pulled their commercials from Tucker Carlson Tonight…
Here’s how the piece pointed to the “R” word:
The exodus came after Carlson on Monday warned viewers of his popular show on the conservative cable network that Black Lives Matters protests sparked by the police killing of George Floyd were “not about Black lives, and remember that when they come for you.”
To be clear, he didn’t make that remark about “protests,” but, rather, “this moment we’re living through,” “theft and mayhem,” and “the rage of the mob.”
Either way, the end result was the same.
T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert bid Tucker adieu:
It definitely is not. Bye-bye Tucker Carlson! #BlackLivesMatter
— Mike Sievert (@MikeSievert) June 10, 2020
Disney told Deadline its promotion of ABC wasn’t supposed to air on the program in the first place:
“The ABC advertisements were placed on the show without our knowledge by third party media buyers who were unaware that we do not advertise on the show, and they have now been notified not to place any further ads.”
Here’s more from HP:
After the segment aired, a Fox News spokesperson said, “Tucker’s warning about ‘when they come for you’ was clearly referring to Democratic leaders and inner city politicians.”
Papa John’s said Thursday it would stop advertising on all opinion-based shows, Bloomberg reported.
Carlson has repeatedly trashed protesters as national unrest grows over police brutality and racism. This week, he even took issue with a CNN town hall in which Sesame Street characters explained the protests.
The Sesame Street incident occurred during what HuffPost called a “bonkers new rant”:
But amid all the controversy, some on Twitter are coming to the host’s defense.
As observed by The Daily Caller, #IStandWithTuckerCarlson is trending.
Here’s a Tucker-touting collection:
Tucker essentially proves the Papa Johns slogan every night.
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) June 12, 2020
— Jenna Ellis (@JennaEllisEsq) June 12, 2020
Rt if you stand with Tucker Carlson!
Do not let the radical left silence him!
— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) June 12, 2020
— David Reaboi (@davereaboi) June 11, 2020
Juanita Broaddrick amen’d that one:
Me too, David.
— Juanita Broaddrick (@atensnut) June 12, 2020
Black Utah congressional candidate Burgess Owens expressed his gratitude:
I want to thank @TuckerCarlson for speaking unpopular truth. He said what needed to be said, what silenced leaders in the black community have been trying to say for decades. Thank you, I've seen these con artists attack my race all my life. Thank you for standing against them.
— Burgess Owens (@BurgessOwens) June 12, 2020
Of course, not everyone tweeted support:
Tucker Carlson is not only a racist, but an idiot as well. https://t.co/yDOg8dvYto
— David Weissman (@davidmweissman) June 9, 2020
Tucker Carlson is so racist he gets triggered watching puppets explain inequality https://t.co/CoHeGtrhuE
— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) June 10, 2020
One user provided more context in defense of the formerly-bowtied Fox Newser:
The viral Tweet that's making the rounds of Tucker Carlson's monologue tonight is about a minute long, and cuts out the majority of his speech. Here's the full clip.
They don't want you to see this. pic.twitter.com/7wqscy6oMu
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) June 9, 2020
Personally, I miss the old days — companies stayed away from public positions on politics.
Now, it seems, every corporation’s a partisan political group that just happens to sell products or services.
And why would any Democratic company want customers who’d watch Fox News?
Perhaps Disney and others don’t.
But I’d guess there are entities ready to fill that void. After all, despite the way some may frame the country, we’re a nation of diversity — the kind that actually counts: diversity of thought.
Even so, is anyone on television suggesting black lives don’t matter? I hope to heaven not.
In his monologue, Carlson insisted “Democratic leaders” “should” “care about saving the lives of black people.”
He also lamented, “[I]t has very little to do with black lives; if only it did.”
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