Former Parkland high school student and gun control activist David Hogg can scratch the latter from his resume for now, as the March For Our Lives co-founder is taking a leave of absence from the group’s board to take time “to focus on school, my passions, and my overall well being.”
All of which gives Hogg more time to engage in his pillow fight with MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell — the move could also be interpreted as a testament to the greater lure of capitalism and personal gain over activism.
Apparently out of hatred and spite, Hogg announced last week that he was starting a new pillow company — with a lot of help from others — in the quest to put Lindell out of business, tweeting: “This pillow fight just got very real.”
Hogg has been tweeting about the new company ad nauseam ever since, relishing in the renewed attention. But his business venture appears to have created friction with fellow gun-grabbing activists, as Hogg felt compelled to apologize in the statement he released announcing his leave.
I know I've said a lot in the last week. Maybe too much. Please read this if nothing else. pic.twitter.com/m7hZwpg0mb
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) February 11, 2021
“I feel I must acknowledge that some of my recent actions have undermined my peers within the movement,” Hogg tweeted. “To my fellow organizers and those I love most, I want to express my deepest apologies.
“You all have been there for me through some of the roughest times of my life, and I also want to thank you for your continued practice of holding me accountable,” the statement continued. “Fellow activists who do not have the platform or privilege that I have reminded me that this work takes unwavering commitment.”
He assured those who may care that with “time and space,” he will “come back to this work more engaged and aligned with the movement as a whole.”
If his pillow company has any success, Hogg will come back with his pockets lined, though he assured all that he will “help make the world a better place” by enriching himself. He reportedly plans to hire convicts who’ve paid their debt to society to help make his new pillows.
.@williamlegate and I are going to prove that progressives can make a better pillow, run a better business and help make the world a better place while doing it.
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) February 4, 2021
Hogg recently boasted in all caps, “HOLY CRAP WE MIGHT BE SOLD OUT FOR 12 MONTHS.”
He also tweeted: “15,000 sign ups at this point it could take over a year to produce the needed pillows so sign up soon to get your place in line to be notified when preorder is available.”
And for those who may take issue with his ambition, Hogg had a message for them too.
“To all those questioning my intentions sincerely f*ck off I refuse to feel guilty about wanting to help people and feed myself and pay for therapy,” he tweeted.
To all those questioning my intentions sincerely fuck off I refuse to feel guilty about wanting to help people and feed myself and pay for therapy.
You may not agree with how I do it- but ultimately I know what my intentions are – to help people.
I’ll prove it.
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) February 10, 2021
The message came one day after Hogg tweeted that as “the 3 year anniversary of the shooting approaches I’m going to go dark for a bit to honor this time and space.”
The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida took place on February 14, 2018, resulting in 17 deaths.
The timing of Hoggs’ leave comes just after Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., drew scorn for confronting Hogg about his gun control advocacy.
The firebrand freshman refused to apologize for the incident, stressing that Hogg was a gun control activist advocating for restricting her rights.
“David Hogg was an adult when I talked to him,” she said. “I think many of you have realized that David Hogg was working with the organization that was going around working hard for strict gun control laws. I’m very opposed to those policies. And so, being in the same situation as David Hogg, my voice matters, too. And so, no, I’m not sorry for telling him he shouldn’t push for gun control.”
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