Over 17,000 Sign Petition Calling For The Firing Of Laura Ingraham Over Insensitive Nipsey Hussle Memorial Coverage
She loves coming for Black people.
Like what you're reading?
Get more in your inbox.
During the April 12 telecast of Ingraham's show, the host and guest contributor Raymond Arroyo joked about “FDT,” or “F**k Donald Trump,” a 2016 song featuring the slain Hussle. The duo, who were not familiar with the song, implied it was Hussle's diss track when it was actually from the rapper YG.“That’s a very creative refrain, very catchy,” she mocked. She then made a quip defending President Donald Trump for “the lowest unemployment ever, basically, for African Americans.”
But the jokes did not stop there. In one moment during the segment, Ingraham and Arroyo poked fun at 85-year-old Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan for mistaking Hussle for "Russell" while eulogizing the slain Grammy nominee.
The late comedian Nipsey Russell reportedly inspired the 33-year-old's stage moniker. Ingraham's coverage of the beloved artist was seen as mockery by critics.
Blavitize your inbox! Join our daily newsletter for fresh stories and breaking news.
Singer and actor Tank was among the first to call out the controversial firebrand.“Disrespecting the deceased is not news,” he wrote on Instagram. “It’s just disrespect!”
Rappers The Game, T.I. and a slew of others are demanding the network fire Ingraham.
“We are NO LONGER laying quiet while you continuously disrespect our brother, culture African Americans as a whole,” The Game said in an Instagram post. “I will use my platform & call on my peers to do the same.”
View this post on Instagram
So lemme tell you what’s going to happen here.... @foxnews fires this disrespectful cunt by tomorrow, Monday morning or you will lose millions of viewers one person at a time until it drastically effects your ratings, views etc... if our demographic doesn’t effect 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. 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 !!! I’m asking all of my followers, fans, friends & family to spread this video with demands of #LauraIngrahams termination immediately !!!!! This is not a game & my brothers untimely demise has noticeably shifted the world & brought people from all ethnicity’s together in mourning. There is a power in that, that will be used & action will be taken from now going forward. We will not be accepting any apology from her... we want her fired, PERIOD !!!!! #TheMarathonContinues 🏁🏁🏁 DO NOT LET THIS SLIDE MY PEOPLE. I know you can feel the energy NIP left all of us.. I know you feel it !!!!! 🙏🏾
Both rappers believe the jokes were a bit too far. The Game wrote apologies could not take back her comments, and T.I. added Ingraham would have to deal with karma.
"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," Tip wrote before logging off.
According to The Washington Post, Snoop Dogg also took issue with the conservative host, joining in calls for her termination.
HuffPost notes a petition has been created in the days since also demanding Ingraham be reprimanded for her actions. More than 17,000 people have signed the petition.
Hussle was gunned down in front of his Marathon Clothing store late last month. Since his death, the community of South Los Angeles has paid countless tributes to the life and legacy of the rapper and philanthropist.
In the past, Ingraham has come under fire for telling LeBron James he should "shut up and dribble." The basketball star and activist turned the dog whistle into a Showtime docu-series.
Now, check these out:
Two Male Corrections Officers Charged For Punching And Pepper-Spraying A Woman While She Was In A Restraint Chair
Cardi B Went Uncharacteristically Quiet When Asked This Question About Nicki Minaj