Parkland survivor David Hogg is asking his supporters to boycott Fox News host Laura Ingraham after she mocked his college rejections.
The 17-year-old Parkland shooting survivor who has made a name as one of the leaders of the student’s gun rights protests 17, recently revealed in an interview with TMZ that he was not application was rejected at four colleges – UCLA, UCSB, UCSD, and UC Irvine. Related:
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Conservative pundit Ingraham then took to Twitter and accused Hogg of ‘whining’ about his rejections.
‘David Hogg rejected by Four Colleges To Which He Applied and whines about it,’ she gloated on Wednesday.
‘Dinged by UCLA with a 4.1 GPA…totally predictable given acceptance rates),’ she added.
Conservative Fox host Laura Ingraham took to Twitter on Wednesday and accused Hogg of ‘whining’ about his college rejections
The Parkland school shooting survivor, who’s become an outspoken advocate against gun violence since the February massacre, called on his more than 595,000 Twitter followers late Wednesday to help start an advertising boycott of Ingraham’s show, ‘The Ingraham Angle’.
Hogg’s tweet listed Ingraham’s top 12 advertisers, asking followers to contact the companies and encourage them to cease advertising during the Fox show.
David Hogg’s response was swift, going for the jugular
Hogg listed Ingraham’s top 12 advertisers, who he’s demanded should cease sponsoring her Fox News show
Hogg’s call for action against Ingraham came in response to an earlier tweet by the host in which she ridiculed the high school student. She shared a Daily Wire story about Hogg’s rejection from a number of colleges, writing, “David Hogg Rejected By Four Colleges To Which He Applied and whines about it.”
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In further reaction to Ingraham’s pun, Hogg instructed his nearly 600,000 followers to pick a number between 1 and 12 and contact the company next to the number.
The teen also tweeted at each of the Twitter accounts directly, linking to Ingraham’s tweet and asking ‘why do you support this?’
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The exchange has drawn reactions from other readers as well., starting with TMZ founder Harvey Levin who came to Hogg’s defense, tweeting directly at Ingraham and asking if she had watched the video of the interview at all.
‘David was not whining. I called him about the story,’ Levin wrote. ‘He was not feeling sorry for himself in the slightest,’ Levin wrote.
‘It was my idea that colleges should consider applicants who are so committed. Did you watch the video?’
In the TMZ interview on Tuesday, Hogg revealed that he had been rejected from the four California schools, despite his 4.2 GPA and a scored of 1270 on his SAT, both of which are considered above average.
Hogg, one of the prime movers of the recent ‘March For Our Lives’ rallies, admitted that it was hard to focus on college decisions at the current moment.
Hogg’s targeting of Ingraham’s advertisers mimics earlier campaigns that sought to pressure advertising boycotts of other Fox news hosts Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly.
After Hannity reportedly propagated a conspiracy theory about a murdered DNC staffer, at least five advertisers bowed to pressure from the public and de-supported his show. Similarly, following allegations of sexual harassment, about 44 companies stopped supporting the O’Reilly’s show. In the end Fox had to let go the veteran anchor.