ESPN had already successfully alienated its conservative viewers and it looks like the network is now under fire from liberals as well.
Left-wing activists and celebrities took to social media to call for a boycott against ESPN after it suspended host Jemele Hill, who was at the center of last month’s controversy when she called President Trump a “white supremacist” on Twitter.
The president appeared to react to the news of Hill’s suspension in an early morning tweet on Tuesday.
With Jemele Hill at the mike, it is no wonder ESPN ratings have “tanked,” in fact, tanked so badly it is the talk of the industry!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2017
While the sports network apparently thought their employee’s offensive jab at the president was not worthy of any disciplinary action, Hill’s latest action was a different matter as it directly affected ESPN’s wallet. When Dallas Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones vowed to bench any player who took a knee during the national anthem, Hill called for a boycott of the game’s advertisers.
ESPN acted quickly and suspended the outspoken host for violating its social media policy with another “impulsive” tweet.
ESPN anchor Jemele Hill suspended for two weeks for suggesting NFL fans boycott the Dallas Cowboys over Jerry Jones’ anthem ultimatum pic.twitter.com/0IbcVMnFXR
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) October 10, 2017
ESPN’s political stances have taken a toll on the network as it struggles to maintain ratings in the wake of its clearly liberal bias. But Hill’s suspension sparked a backlash from liberals this time, who launched a “#BoycottESPN” hashtag on social media to vent their anger.
Activist Al Sharpton vowed that ESPN and its advertisers would “hear from us” in a tweet shortly after the network’s announcement.
ESPN’s suspension of Jemele Hill is an outrage and should NOT go unanswered. ESPN and advertisers will hear from us!
— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) October 9, 2017
Hollywood’s left and others joined the offensive, turning on the network they were just praising for its anti-conservative bias.
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) October 9, 2017
— Imraan Siddiqi (@imraansiddiqi) October 9, 2017
Dear @espn suspending @jemelehill doesn’t make you seem biased, bigoted or racist all. Boo. Not watching till she’s back. #BoycottESPN
— Greg Proops (@GregProops) October 9, 2017
We should boycott #ESPN @espn over their suspension of #JemeleHill @jemelehill for telling the truth about racist #JerryJones & Cowboys pic.twitter.com/Eo3ErtEVOz
— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) October 10, 2017
Jemele Hill was basically suspended for being Black and thoughtful while at ESPN. Her suspension is completely outrageous.
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) October 9, 2017
.@espn-I wanna know who made the call for Jemele Hill to be suspended—We will boycott ESPN til u tell us & that person is fired #BoycottESPN
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) October 9, 2017
ESPN suspends Jemele Hill, So now I guess it’s time we boycott #ESPN as well. #BoycottESPN #JemeleHill
— Leon Carrington (@LeonCarrington) October 9, 2017
Shame on ESPN for suspending Jemele Hill for exercising her right of freedom of speech. Boycott the channel until she’s back on air.
— Simar (@sahluwal) October 9, 2017
Of course, conservatives continued to enjoy watching the left turn on its own.
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It’s awesome the libtards are doing our job for us with the Boycott. More winning
— RG1970 (@RGrassia) October 10, 2017
?The idiots continue to eat their own
Liberals Are Boycotting #ESPN For Suspending #JemeleHill#BoycottESPN https://t.co/RfGkIyx5Ym
— SparkleMAGA?? (@SparkleSoup45) October 10, 2017
Whew, those advertisers, getting pressure from both sides… Hmm, further revenue losses for the NFL, you just gotta love it…..
— George Daniel (@side_effex) October 10, 2017
Liberals boycotting the NFL over Hill’s suspension only help the cause we’ve been pushing since the season started. Thanks idiots.
— Liberal Snowflake (@Lib_Snowflake) October 10, 2017
People need to boycott @jemelehill and @espn wait a minute I think they already are look at the ratings #tanked
— Jon Davis (@weavervillewhat) October 10, 2017
?? sorry. Karma is kinda real.
— Simonetta Dodd (@SimonettaDodd) October 10, 2017
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