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Apatow Calls for Advertiser Boycott of Carlson’s Fox News Show

Director was inspired by Pacific Life's decision to pull ads

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“Knocked Up” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” director Judd Apatow (pictured above left) wants advertisers to pull out of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” the highly rated Fox News program hosted by Tucker Carlson.

After insurance company Pacific Life pulled its advertising from the show following Carlson’s controversial comments regarding illegal immigration, Apatow became involved.

“We have a moral obligation to admit the world’s poor, they tell us, even if it makes our own country poorer, and dirtier, and more divided. Immigration is a form of atonement,” Carlson said, in part, on his show last Thursday night.

“Previous leaders of our country committed sins; we must pay for those sins by welcoming an endless chain of migrant caravans,” he also said.

Pacific Life said in a public statement on Friday, “Pacific Life’s national advertising campaign runs on numerous networks and cable stations and on a variety of news, business and sports programs. 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 statement continued, “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 weeks as we reevaluate our relationship with his program.”

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Apatow, 51, was inspired by Pacific Life’s decision and has been on Twitter attempting to convince other companies to cease advertising with Carlson.

“Hey @pfizer — what does it say about your company and your moral positions if you advertise on @tuckercarlson’s show? He and @FoxNews get rich off of dividing our country and spewing lies and hate at immigrant communities who are just trying to survive. Maybe choose another show,” the filmmaker tweeted to Pfizer, a medical company.

He later tweeted to carmaker Subaru.

“Hey @subaru_usa — why would you continue to advertise on @TuckerCarlson’s show when he spews so much racism and hate? How does that reflect the values of your company? There must be other shows you can advertise on which are not destructive to our country,” he tweeted.

He also tweeted, “Tucker Carlson suggested immigrants make the U.S. ‘dirtier’ — and it cost Fox News an advertiser — The Salt Lake Tribune. ANYONE WHO ADVERTISES ON THIS SHOW APPROVES OF HIS HATE. Just advertise on the Tennis Channel.”

He also called Carlson an “idiot” in another tweet.

“The Murdoch family is a family of immigrants. Everyone’s family is a family of immigrants. @TuckerCarlson is a an idiot who doesn’t understand who we all are. How can anyone advertise on a show which spouts hate? What would it take for people to care?” he said.

On Monday, Fitness training equipment brand Bowflex said it will no longer advertise on the Fox News show either, a spokesperson for parent company Nautilus on Monday told The Hollywood Reporter.

Fox News on Friday responded to the actions by advertisers by releasing the following statement, THR also reported: “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.”

For more on Judd Apatow’s call for a boycott of Tucker Carlson’s show, check out the video below:

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