The Anti-Defamation League urged companies Tuesday to pull their advertisements from Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show, the latest fallout after the controversial host and frequent boycott target said Democrats are deliberately importing immigrants to weaken American voters’ power, comments the ADL saw as an embrace of the racist “white replacement” theory.
In an appearance on Fox News Primetime two weeks ago, Carlson argued Democrats are working to replace current U.S. voters with a “brand new electorate” made up largely of “obedient” immigrants from poorer countries.
The ADL called on Fox to fire Carlson for what it said was a nod to “white replacement,” a conspiracy theory popular among white supremacists and anti-Semites who falsely believe white people are being driven out of existence by other ethnic groups.
ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt went a step further in a Tuesday morning speech to the World Federation of Advertisers, urging companies to use their “advertising muscle” to hold outlets like Fox News accountable for comments like Carlson’s.
Carlson claimed he wasn’t talking about white replacement, but Greenblatt said his message “was not lost on those white supremacists and bigots who are now applauding him.”
Fox News did not respond to a request for comment.
Excerpt: Jonathan Greenblatt’s Remarks to the World Federation of Advertisers
[L]et me share with you another vivid example of how hate speech and white supremacy is moving from the margins into the mainstream.
Just two weeks ago on his Fox News program, Tucker Carlson openly endorsed the white supremacist “Great Replacement Theory.” If you haven’t heard of it, this is a virulently racist and antisemitic conspiracy theory that holds a secret group of Jewish people are plotting to flood the United States with non-whites and immigrants in order to commit “white genocide.”
This is not a new idea. In fact, it is a longstanding, toxic staple of white supremacist ideology. And yet, in front of the largest primetime audience in America, Mr. Carlson asserted this was happening because the Democratic Party intentionally was engineering a huge influx of immigration to bolster its voter base.
Now, I don’t need to tell you how ugly this rhetoric is — especially when it is repeated by someone with millions of viewers across the country. But it’s also dangerous, literally a prompt to violence.
Replacement Theory led to the chants of “Jews will not replace us” in Charlottesville in 2017, the night before they mowed down and murdered Heather Heyer. Extremists invoked Replacement Theory when they massacred 11 Jews in a synagogue in Pittsburgh in 2018; 51 Muslim worshippers at 2 mosques in Christchurch in 2019, and 22 Latinos in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart in El Paso that same year. So, make no mistake: This is a deeply dangerous message.
Now, immediately after this segment aired, we reached out to the network with a simple appeal: It’s time for Carlson to go. The response we received back from Fox Chairman Lachlan Murdoch could be summarized as follows: We respect you and the ADL, but Tucker didn’t really mean it. He was talking about voting rights, not embracing a white supremacist trope.
But I can assure you that Carlson’s message was not lost on those white supremacists and bigots who are now applauding him for embracing their talking points.
Why do I share this story?
Again, it is an example of how hatred is being mainstreamed in America in 2021. And it is another example where you, advertisers, have a potential role to play.
Through your advertising muscle, you have a distinct and powerful voice in what information networks like Fox and Facebook will and will not allow on their platforms.
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