During Fox News host Laura Ingraham’s first week back from Easter vacation, yet another advertiser ended its sponsorship of her show.
Red Lobster, the world’s largest seafood franchise, announced to TheWrap that it would no longer be advertising with “The Ingraham Angle,” though it failed to specify a reason why.
The Wrap noted that ads for Red Lobster stopped appearing during the host’s program last Thursday. Most assume the restaurant ended its sponsorship because of the ongoing boycott against Ingraham by Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting survivor David Hogg.
Days before Red Lobster’s announcement, Twitter users began haranguing the company for continuing to advertise on Ingraham’s show, claiming that it amounted to a tacit endorsement of her alleged “bullying” of Hogg:
@redlobster please don’t support the bullying of children who survived a mass shooting. I won’t be buying anymore of your delicious lobster until you rethink your add buys. #BoycottIngrahamAdvertisers @IngrahamAngle
— SnufflePig (@SnufflePiggie) April 11, 2018
— Usagi Tsukino (@SailorDemocracy) April 11, 2018
Sorry Mom, looks like no more dinners @redlobster as they support gun victim bully Laura @IngrahamAngle. She is a vile, disgusting person who picks on children and red lobster continues to support her filthy lies. #BoycottIngrahamAdvertisers#boycottredlobster#MSDStrong
— Jeff Long (@jefflongga) April 11, 2018
Seriously @redlobster ? Do you think Laura Ingraham and her viewers are the kind of people you want associated with your brand? Vile white supremacist rhetoric has no place in seafood. #BoycottIngrahamAdvertisers https://t.co/QGiHaQxysM
— Stank Suzette (@StankSuzette) April 11, 2018
Ingraham’s critics allege that the host bullied Hogg when she dared to accuse him of whining after he had complained about not being accepted into certain colleges.
An enraged Hogg subsequently launched a boycott campaign against her, vowing to essentially destroy her career unless she apologize to him. Though Ingraham later apologized, the power-hungry teen and his supporters continue to pine for her scalp.
While some might argue that Hogg is succeeding in his petty mission, the counter-evidence suggests otherwise.
For every anti-Ingraham liberal who took to Twitter to spout venom at Red Lobster prior its announcement, there were two to three Ingraham-supporting conservatives ready to boycott the restaurant afterward:
Why is @RedLobster pulling ads from @IngrahamAngle now? She already apologized and @AceHardware just resumed ads. Grow a spine and stop capitulating to left-wing radicals. That goes for all the other advertisers who have pulled too.
— Brent Bozell (@BrentBozell) April 13, 2018
— Jane (@Jane86445883) April 14, 2018
#boycottredlobster we were fans of this establishment but no longer. They have no commitment and I believe restaurants shoul not be biased. No more Red Lobster.
— Pete Stanish (@PeteStanish) April 15, 2018
— linestorming (@linestorming) April 15, 2018
DON'T JUST #BoycottRedLobster! #Boycott all GOLDEN GATE CAPITAL companies!
Is anyone really surprised by a San Francisco based company #Boycotting @IngrahamAngle?
RedLobster = Liberal Frozen Microwave Food, posing as Quality Seafood!
**Brim & Perch ain't seafood
— OpposingLogic (@OpposingLogic) April 15, 2018
— Dayleen Van Ryswyk (@Dayleen4Kelowna) April 15, 2018
— Barbara Ann (@BarbaraAnnFlee2) April 15, 2018
Ingraham likewise continues to dominate ratings, with the show having come in at the top spot for its time slot last week.
And at least one advertiser, Ace Hardware, has already returned to the show, announcing to the public last week, “The information we had at the time of the initial request [the boycott] was incomplete and we apologize for that.”
Perhaps the hardware retailer realized that Hogg’s boycott is both immature and dangerous, as Ingraham herself correctly noted during her first day back from vacation last Monday.
“This is the intolerant left in action,” she said. “Whether it’s striking voices from social media, or driving certain viewpoints on the airwaves. Beating people up, organizing boycotts, for perceived unforgivable offenses or preventing speakers from being heard on a college campus, it’s all coming from the same place.”
“We will never relent. And we will never give in,” she added.
No, we won’t. Nor will we eat Red Lobster anymore, for that matter!