Advertisers are dropping Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s show after he ranted that immigrants make America “dirtier.”
Carlson said on his show Thursday that “you never hear” anyone make an economic argument for “mass immigration,” which is not true.
“Our leaders demand that you shut up and accept this,” Carlson said. “We have a moral obligation to admit the world’s poor, they tell us, even if it makes our own country poorer, and dirtier, and more divided. Immigration is a form of atonement.”
Twitter users called for an ad boycott after his remarks.
Fox News said in a statement that it was a “shame that left-wing advocacy groups, under the guise of being supposed ‘media watchdogs’ weaponize social media against companies in an effort to stifle free speech. We continue to stand by and work with our advertisers through these unfortunate and unnecessary distractions.”
Carlson defended himself Monday.
“We're not intimidated,” he said. “We plan to try to say what’s true until the last day. And the truth is unregulated mass immigration has badly hurt this country's natural landscape.”
Pacific Life drops Tucker:
“As a company, we strongly disagree with Mr. Carlson’s statements,” the insurance company said in a statement. “Our customer base and our workforce reflect the diversity of our great nation, something we take great pride in. We will not be advertising on Mr. Carlson’s show in the coming weeks as we reevaluate our relationship with his program.”
Indeed drops Tucker:
The job search giant tweeted that it is no longer advertising on Carlson’s show and “has no plans to advertise on this program in the future.”
Bowflex drops Tucker:
"We can confirm that Nautilus, Inc., parent company for Bowflex, has pulled its ads from the Tucker Carlson Tonight show," the company said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "We buy media broadly across many news networks, and do not target ads based on specific programs or hosts. However, we have requested that Fox News remove our ads from airing in conjunction with Tucker Carlson Tonight in the future. Aside from our decision to remove our ads from his show, we have no other association or affiliation with Mr. Carlson."
Minted drops Tucker:
“We do not agree with Mr. Carlson's comments and his opinions are not consistent with the values we hold at Minted,” the online design marketplace wrote in a tweet. “Like other advertisers, our media purchases are done broadly across a number of networks.”