Red Lobster is joining the mass of advertisers abandoning conservative Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s show after his controversial comments.
The chain confirmed to Business Insider on Monday that it is no longer advertising during “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” This comes after critics pointed out that the seafood chain was one of the few brands that continued to advertise on the prime time opinion show after recent controversies.
At least 19 brands have stopped advertising on the show over the last month.
A wave of backlash began in December when Carlson said in a segment that the US needed more “scientists and engineers,” as the country seeks to fill automated and tech-centered jobs.
“Instead we’re getting waves of people with high school educations or less. Nice people, no one doubts that, but as an economic matter this is insane. It’s indefensible, so no one even tries to defend it,” he said.
“Instead our leaders demand that you shut up and accept this. We have a moral obligation to admit the world’s poor, they tell us, even if it makes our country poorer and dirtier and more divided.”
More recently, provocative host sparked backlash when he argued that high-earning women are to blame for “men in decline.” He premised his argument on the generalization that women consider men who earn less than them undesirable as life partners.
“In many areas, women suddenly made more than men. Now, before you applaud that as a victory for feminism, consider some of the effects,” he said. “Study after study has shown that when men make less than women, women generally don’t want to marry them. Now maybe they should want to marry them, but they don’t.”