Fox News host Laura Ingraham apologized to Parkland survivor David Hogg on Thursday after the 17-year-old called for supporters to boycott the station because she mocked his college rejections.
Ingraham mocked Hogg as ‘whining’ about his rejection into UCLA, UCSB, UCSD, or UC Irvine.
‘David Hogg rejected by Four Colleges To Which He Applied and whines about it,’ she tweeted on Wednesday. ‘Dinged by UCLA with a 4.1 GPA…totally predictable given acceptance rates).’
But after being called out for the insensitive comments, she apologized ‘in the spirit of the Holy Week.’
‘Any student should be proud of a 4.2 GPA —incl. @DavidHogg111,’ she tweeted on Thursday afternoon.
‘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 immediately after that horrific shooting and even noted how “poised” he was given the tragedy.
‘As always, he’s welcome to return to the show anytime for a productive discussion.’
Fox News host Laura Ingraham apologized to Parkland survivor David Hogg on Thursday after the 17-year-old called for supporters to boycott the station because she mocked his college rejections
‘after being called out for the insensitive comments, she apologized ‘in the spirit of the Holy Week’
The apologies came just hours after Rachel Ray’s pet food brand Nitrish said it plans to distance itself from the controversial host’s show ‘The Ingraham Angle.’
‘We are in the process of removing our ads from Laura Ingraham’s program,’ the company tweeted at Hogg.
Hogg earlier tweeted at Ingraham directly, writing: ‘Soooo what are your biggest advertisers…Asking for a friend. #BoycottIngramAdverts’.
He then tweeted a list of advertisers which included AT&T, Nutrish, Allstate, Esurance, Bayer, Liberty Mutual, Arby’s, TripAdvisor, Nestle, and Hulu.
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?’
It also appears that travel sites TripAdvisor and Expedia have cut advertising from Ingraham’s show, as well as e-commerce company Wayfair, according to the New York Daily News.
Hogg tweeted at Ingraham directly following the hit and encouraged his nearly 600,000 followers to help boycott her advertisers
He then tweeted a list of advertisers which included AT&T, Nutrish, Allstate, Esurance, Bayer, Liberty Mutual, Arby’s, Trip Advisor, Nestle, and Hulu
The teen also tweeted at each of the twitter accounts directly, linking to Ingraham’s tweet and asking ‘why do you support this?’
TMZ founder Harvey Levin 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.’
‘It was my idea that colleges should consider applicants who are so committed. Did you watch the video?’
Hogg revealed on Tuesday that he had been rejected from the four California schools.
The teen also revealed he has a 4.2 GPA and scored a 1270 on his SAT, both of which are considered above average.
Hogg, who recently helped organize March For Our Lives, admitted that it was hard to focus on college decisions at the current moment.
TMZ founder Harvey Levin also came to Hogg’s defense, tweeting directly at Ingraham and asking if she had watched the video of the interview at all
‘It’s been kind of annoying having to deal with that and everything else that’s been going on but at this point, you know, we’re changing the world,’ he told TMZ.
Hogg said he was not surprised by the decision and did not attribute his rejection to his involvement in the movement, suggesting instead that he had been overlooked in a vast number of applications.
‘I am not surprised at all honestly,’ he said.
‘I think there’s a lot of amazing people that don’t get to college not only that do things like I do, but because their voices just aren’t heard in the tsunami of people that apply every year for college in such an economic impacted school system which we have here in America where people have to go into massive amounts of debt just to go to college and get an education.’
Hogg revealed on Tuesday that he had been rejected from the four California schools
‘I think it’s really sad but it’s the truth.’
A number of people hit back at Ingraham on Twitter, asking how she could pick on a child who had just watched 17 of his classmates die in a mass shooting.
‘Attacking a traumatized kid for a 4.1 GPA. Good on you #GOP. Keeping it classy always. Party of family values and all that,’ wrote user Wenders K.
‘Are you really picking on a teenager who just watched his classmates die in pools of their blood less than two months ago?’ asked Brooke Binkowski.
One user pointed out that Ingraham had gotten Hogg’s GPA wrong.
‘She obviously didn’t read it, just wanted to bully a teenager,’ they added.
‘Reveling in the misfortune of a child is embarrassing, even for your Laura,’ tweeted author Molly Knight.
‘Imagine being an adult who hates teenagers so much you pants him online for getting rejected by colleges,’ tweeted Andrew Kirell.
Hogg said he has yet to decide which university he will attend, adding that it was not a priority given his ongoing activism.
Hogg, who recently helped organize March For Our Lives (pictured in Washington DC), admitted that it was hard to focus on college decisions at the current moment
Emma Gonzalez will attend the New College of Florida, a liberal arts college, Hogg revealed
‘Right now, I have no clue. I haven’t even thought about it, honestly. It is absolutely disappointing but at this point we’re already changing the world,’ he said.
‘If colleges want to support us in that, great, if they don’t it doesn’t matter, we’re still going to change the world.’
A million people around America turned out for coordinated protests against gun violence on March 24.
The largest was held in Washington DC where Hogg gave an impassioned and, some said presidential, speech on the issue of gun reform in front of 800,000 people.
Since February 15, he has been at the forefront of advocacy for tighter gun laws.
Emma Gonzalez, his classmate who stood silent on the enormous stage at Saturday’s protest for as long as gunman Nikolas Cruz sprayed her school with bullets, will attend the New College of Florida, a liberal arts school, he said.