Since George Floyd was killed by Officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis several weeks ago, protests have erupted across the country. Floyd was only one of hundreds of Black men and women who have been murdered by police violence in the U.S., and the rage and grief over this injustice runs deep. Demands are circulating for the widespread defunding of police departments—people want real structural change, not empty promises of reform.
Reading the way the winds are blowing, a number of companies are posting messages of solidarity with Black Lives Matter. And a lot of those companies are getting called out for the ways they support and promote racism within their own structure. A lot of them are scrambling for what to do to show an actual attempt to change, and there’s one way they have: dumping Tucker Carlson.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson has been absolutely losing his mind over Black Lives Matter protests, like in this segment where his rages about how Elmo is trying to plant antifa messages in the minds of the youth:
Tucker Carlson attacks Elmo pic.twitter.com/KTkycca7SP
— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) June 10, 2020
“It’s a children’s show,” he says, angrily. “Got that, Bobby? America is a very bad place and it’s your fault, so no matter what happens, no matter what they do to you when you grow up, you have no right to complain. That’s the message and it starts very young.”
Carlson is insisting that BLM isn’t about racial justice, it’s about “left-wing mobs” trying to “cancel your rights.”
This is just one of many rants Carlson has made against BLM, and it’s starting to have actual consequences for him.
Yahoo News reports that Disney and T-Mobile will no longer be advertising on Tucker Carlson Tonight. Neither will Papa Johns or SmilDirectClub. This has come after some pressure on Twitter, so it’s not just based on self-accountability. A lot of people began questioning advertisers after Carlson essentially threatened white viewers with a race war:
Who are his advertisers?
Enquiring minds would like to know… https://t.co/ESNDUezVW7
— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) June 9, 2020
— sangriapapi (@DrNygard) June 9, 2020
It definitely is not. Bye-bye Tucker Carlson! #BlackLivesMatter
— Mike Sievert (@MikeSievert) June 10, 2020
UPDATE: Disney and Papa John's drop Tucker Carlson https://t.co/wLRFHgn2hf— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) June 11, 2020
Mike Sievert is T-Mobile’s CEO. If even he is tweeting about Black Lives Matter, that means corporations are taking these pressures seriously. Keep your foot on the gas.