Prominent advertisers like Disney are cutting ties with Tucker Carlson after the Fox News host made controversial comments on his primetime program.
In a segment Monday night, Carlson arguably cast aspersions on the leaders behind the unrest following George Floyd’s tragic death.
The response by major advertisers has been swift. (DNYUZ)
“This may be a lot of things, this moment we are living through,” Mr. Carlson said. “But it is definitely not about black lives, and remember that when they come for you. And at this rate, they will.”
Since he made those statements and others, prominent companies including The Walt Disney Company, Papa John’s, Poshmark and T-Mobile have distanced themselves from “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” joining other businesses that have backed away from the show in recent years.
The flight of advertisers accelerated on Tuesday, when the watchdog group Sleeping Giants tagged T-Mobile in a Twitter post, saying that Fox News had aired what amounted to an “extremely racist segment scaremongering about the Black community.”
The telecommunications giant responded on Twitter, saying that its ads had not run on the show since early May and would not run in the future. Mike Sievert, T-Mobile’s chief executive, added a post of his own: “Bye-bye, Tucker Carlson!”
A Fox News spokesperson said Tucker was referring to Democratic Party leaders not peaceful protesters. What do you think? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!