Pacific Life Insurance Company is re-thinking its relationship with Tucker Carlson in the aftermath of racist comments he made on his show Tucker Carlson Tonight on Thursday. The company says it is suspending advertisements on the show while it assesses the situation, TheWrap reports.
“One of our ads appeared on Tucker Carlson’s show last night following a segment where Mr. Carlson made a number of statements regarding immigration,” the company announced in a statement to Twitter on Friday.
Pacific Life also noted:
“As a company, we strongly disagree with Mr. Carlson’s statements. 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 week as we reevaluation our relationship with his program.”
A message from Pacific Life: pic.twitter.com/bDq9hzia53
— Pacific Life (@pacificlife) December 14, 2018
The company’s ad appeared just seconds after Carlson, in his opening monologue, said the “immigration crisis” in the U.S. is making the country “poorer and dirtier and more divided,” The Hill reports.
Pacific Life then founded itself buffeted by media backlash and calls to distance itself from Carlson’s Fox News show.
In a statement to The Hill, a Fox News spokesperson characterized the controversy over his comments as “unfortunate and unnecessary distractions.”
“It is 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,” the spokesperson said.
But this is all on Carlson. If he hadn’t characterized immigrants as “dirty” there’d be no controversy, now would there? If left-wing advocacy groups pushed this company to pull its ads, then that means they are doing their job all of us should be doing. Because this country was founded on the blood, sweat, and tears of immigrants. Something that Carlson and his ilk continually ignore.
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