Laura Ingraham is the latest Fox News host facing public outcry and boycotts, this time over her coverage of slain rapper Nipsey Hussle’s memorial service, which many considered disrespectful and insulting.
During Friday’s episode of her show, “The Ingraham Angle”, the 55-year-old conservative TV personality reported on the massive memorial service honouring Hussle, who was fatally shot outside his store in Los Angeles late last month.
During her broadcast, Ingraham laughed and made sarcastic remarks about the song “FDT,” or “F**k Donald Trump,” which she wrongly attributed to Hussle. While Hussle does a feature on the track, the song was released on rapper YG’s 2016 album Still Brazy.
“Yesterday in L.A., thousands lined the streets to say goodbye to rapper Nipsey Hussle,” a broadly grinning Ingraham reported, before pedantically dissecting the lyrics with her guest, journalist Raymond Arroyo.
Ingraham also played a segment from the song’s music video with the implication that it was of Hussle, when in fact the clip only showed YG performing. (It wouldn’t be the first time this year that a Fox News personality got one black celebrity confused with another. Jesse Watters found himself in hot water back in early March when he mistakenly confused Gayle King for Robin Roberts.)
Following Ingraham’s light-hearted coverage of a murdered artist’s memorial service, fans of Hussle took offence and a campaign began calling for her termination from the network.
The Game, a close friend of the late rapper, was one of several prominent music figures to took to social media and demand Ingraham be held accountable for her behaviour.
“So lemme tell you what’s going to happen here…. @foxnews fires this disrespectful c**t by tomorrow, Monday morning or you will lose millions of viewers one person at a time until it drastically affects your ratings, views etc…” the rapper wrote on Instagram, alongside a video of the episode.
“If our demographic doesn’t affect that we will STOP support of ALL SPONSORS immediately !!! We are NO LONGER laying quiet while you continuously disrespect our brother, culture African Americans as a whole. I will use my platform & call on my peers to do the same,” he continued. “Nips passing nor his legacy is to be taken lightly as there will be consequences for any disrespect now or in the future as long as I have a voice !!!… DO NOT LET THIS SLIDE MY PEOPLE. I know you can feel the energy NIP left all of us.. I know you feel it !!!!!”
A number of other big-name rappers — including TI, Snoop Dogg and several other stars who spoke and shared memories during Hussle’s enormous Celebration of Life tribute at the Staples Center last Thursday — joined in on the boycott, threatening to stop support for Ingraham’s sponsors if Fox Next doesn’t fire her.
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This is Disgusting! You both are vile despicable, poor excuses for people. My expectations have already decreased so much for mankind in the past couple weeks that this hardly surprised me… especially from @foxnews But rest assured that sooner than later you’ll BOTH see… WE ALL GET OUR TURN TO LIVE THROUGH OUR OWN PERSONAL TRAGEDY… and watch how many people dance in the streets,laugh and crack distasteful inappropriate jokes when it’s YOUR TURN!!!! Karma is constant & the laws of reciprocity ARE IN ORDER!!!! Neither of you WILL EVER know or experience the level of love, appreciation and respect that Nip has… EVEN IN DEATH!!! So let that sizzle in ya lil hateful,demonic spirits. And with that… I’m logging off IG at least a month or so… 🖕🏽
Justin Bieber is the latest star urging Fox News to fire Ingraham.
In a post to Instagram, Bieber wrote, “Laura Ingraham, absolutely disgusting what you did on national television. How dare you laugh in the face of a person who has passed on. Doesn’t matter who it is. But disrespecting someone’s who was a pillar in the community and did right by people?”
He added, “You should be fired period.”
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Laura Ingraham absolutely disgusting what you did on national television. How dare you laugh in the face of a person who has passed on. Doesn’t matter who it is. But disrespecting someone’s who was a pillar in the community and did right by people? Did you not think about the family who just lost a love one and now have to see you mock him on national television It’s absurd and you should be fired period. #repost #spreadawareness
Additionally, a petition seeking Ingraham’s termination began circulating and, as of Monday evening, has over 29,000 signatures.
This is the latest in a number of controversies and outcries Ingraham has sparked over the past year. In 2018, Ingraham drew heat for telling LeBron James to “shut up and dribble” after the NBA star expressed criticism for President Donald Trump.
Additionally, Ingraham infamously compared the detention facilities where migrant children are being held after getting separated from their families to “summer camps” and was forced to apologize after mocking David Hogg — a survivor of the 2018 mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School and vocal gun control advocate — for not getting accepted into a college that he applied to.
For more on Hussle’s life, legacy and the outpouring of love and tributes following his death, watch the video below.