Conservative pundits are a bit stymied at the moment. On the one hand, they love the NRA and the 2nd Amendment; on the other hand, they're not supposed to openly criticize rich, white children. While not all Parkland teens speaking out about gun violence are necessarily wealthy, they're from an affluent neighborhood in Florida, which is usually the target zone of Fox News. This means some delicate tight-rope walking, and recently their host Laura Ingraham felt right off.
Ingraham tweeted a story about Parkland activist David Hogg, saying he "whined" about being rejected from college:
It seems she forgot that the teens are reading the tweets, and they're better at social media than her.
Hogg's sister, Lauren, who lost friends at the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas as well, told Ingraham to "grow up." And she's only 14:
How low are your ratings @IngrahamAngle that you have to start attacking my brother’s grades to get attention? If you ask me, he is more articulate than you and has far better character. Man, that’s real low even for you. Coming from a 14 year old, please grow up. #NeverAgain https://t.co/CgUVeGRfxP— Lauren Hogg (@lauren_hoggs) March 28, 2018
His fellow activist, Jaclyn Corin, also joined in:
Even Mike Cernovich, who is a big ole right-wing fella, was critical of the move:
Adults are mocking a 17 year old for not getting into college.....Do I need to explain that this is not a good look?— Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 (@Cernovich) March 28, 2018
And he smugly applauded himself when it was announced that Ingraham had been dropped by TripAdvisor, who announced they would no longer be advertising on her show, according to The Hill.
Why would they do that? Because even before getting into college, Hogg is powerful. He suggested a boycott on twitter, and the people listened. And made calls:
Pick a number 1-12 contact the company next to that #— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) March 29, 2018
Top Laura Ingraham Advertisers
4. @Allstate & @esurance
6. @RocketMortgage Mortgage
Other companies have suggested they're working to remove advertising from Ingraham as well:
Hi Lisa, we are in the process of removing our ads from Laura Ingraham’s program.— Nutrish (@Nutrish) March 29, 2018
You know who else is coming for Laura Ingraham? The moms. And they're trying to remind Ingraham that she also has children, and has complained in the past about people attacking children, specifically the children of Donald Trump:
In the spirit of Holy Week???!!! How about being a human being all the time?! Your comment was nothing less than verbal child abuse. But now that you are losing advertisers, uou give this half-apology? I can't believe you're a mom…— Barbara Turvett (@barbaraturvett) March 29, 2018
@IngrahamAngle You’re A mom and you’re cyber bullying a teen who survived a mass shooting and watching his friends die? Really? I hope your kids never face that but what if they did, how would you feel about some CUNT bullying them on Twitter? You should really be ashamed!— Katerina (@Katerina51) March 29, 2018
Speaks volumes that companies had to PULL THEIR ADS from your show so that you would come to apologize. Your apology sounds forced and insincere. Next time, don't bully 14 year olds on Twitter. After all, you're a mom.— Ciloptis Kujine (@ciloptis_kujine) March 29, 2018
Too little, too late. Your initial tweet was so petty and mean. You’re a Mom. Imagine an adult taunting your kid for not getting into colleges that he/she imagined themselves at. I assume your inner Mama Bear would come out. You need to work to be a better person and role model.— 🤦♀️ (@AreUKidNMe17) March 29, 2018
Too little too late. You’re a mom right?? Act like one— Debbie Ethington (@debethington) March 29, 2018
Ingraham offered an apology, kind of, and invited Hogg on her show:
Any student should be proud of a 4.2 GPA —incl. @DavidHogg111. On reflection, in the spirit of Holy Week, I apologize for any upset or hurt my tweet caused him or any of the brave victims of Parkland. For the record, I believe my show was the first to feature David...(1/2)— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) March 29, 2018
Somehow we don't think he'll take her up on it—even if she stays on air.