The latest company to remove its advertising from the Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” is the Red Lobster restaurant chain.
The seafood chain did not specify what Carlson said to prompt the move, TheWrap reported.
However, liberal activist Judd Legum and others flagged to Red Lobster president Salli Setta a comment Carlson made last week about women’s pay.
Carlson said “study after study has shown that when men make less than women, women generally don’t want to marry them.”
“Maybe they should want to marry them but they don’t,” he said. “Over big populations, this causes a drop in marriage, a spike in out of wedlock births and all the familiar disasters that inevitably follow, more drug and alcohol abuse, higher incarcerations rates, fewer families formed in the next generation.”
Carlson faced an ad boycott last month, losing 25 sponsors after he said illegal immigrants made the United States “poorer” and “dirtier.”
Red Lobster said in a statement that its “advertising buying guidelines reflect our core values and commitment to supporting programming that represents the highest standards of good taste, fair practice and objectivity.”
“We reserve the right to make changes to our purchases when the dialogue is no longer in line with our criteria,” the Red Lobster statement said.
A representative for Fox News referred TheWrap to a previous statement in which the network defended Carlson.
“We cannot and will not allow voices like Tucker Carlson to be censored by agenda-driven intimidation efforts from the likes of Moveon.org, Media Matters and Sleeping Giants,” Fox News said.
“Attempts were made last month to bully and terrorize Tucker and his family at their home. He is now once again being threatened via Twitter by far left activist groups with deeply political motives. While we do not advocate boycotts, these same groups never target other broadcasters and operate under a grossly hypocritical double standard given their intolerance to all opposing points of view.”
In November, a mob dispatched by a far-left group chanted in front of Carlson’s home, “We know where you sleep at night.”
Carlson was at the Fox News studio at the time, but his wife was at home. One of the protesters left a sign on his door demanding that he flee the city.
In a video, one protester is heard threatening: “Tucker Carlson, we are outside your home to protest … fascism and racism.”
“You promote hate,” another said.