In response to some controversial statements made about the Black Lives Matter movement, several major brands have announced that they have pulled their ads from Tucker Carlson’s Fox News program in recent days, the Washington Examiner reports.
The Examiner provided some excerpted quotes from a recent show for which activists have called for advertiser boycotts.
“This may be a lot of things, this moment we’re living through, but this is definitely not about black lives,” Carlson said in one episode. “And remember that when they come for you — and at this rate, they will.”
“When they come for you”
Carlson went on to denounce the riots that have erupted out of protests in cities across the U.S. as demonstrators march against police brutality and racial injustice. Arson, gunfire, and violent encounters have been reported, and a police precinct in Minneapolis was destroyed when protesters set it ablaze days after 46-year-old George Floyd died during an encounter with ex-cop Derek Chauvin.
A suspect has reportedly been arrested for his alleged role in the scheme to burn down the police station.
What’s more, in St. Louis, Missouri, a 77-year-old retired police captain was killed outside of a friend’s pawn shop, according to KMOV.
The Ethical Society of Police in St. Louis described David Dorn as “the type of brother that would’ve given his life to save them if he had to,” KMOV reported.
“They have now been notified”
Nevertheless, Carlson’s comments were widely denounced. Two major sponsors have publicly spoken out against the host and confirmed that they will no longer run ads during his show.
“We haven’t run ads on Tucker Carlson Tonight since early May and have canceled all future placements,” T-Mobile tweeted. “We will continue to support those who stand against racial injustice.”
Disney, the parent company of ABC, released a statement asserting that ads for the network “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,” according to Deadline.
Regardless of the controversial statements, Carlson remains one of Fox News Channel’s most popular hosts.
His is not the first program on the network to be targeted by those calling for boycotts. It remains to be seen, however, whether the attack on the company’s bottom line will have any real impact on Carlson’s show.