20 Advertisers Boycott Bill O'Reilly's Show Over Sexual Harassment Allegations
Twenty advertisers have announced they were withdrawing their ads from "The O'Reilly Factor" after an investigation revealed multiple settlements involving the Fox News host Bill O'Reilly over sexual harassment allegations and inappropriate behavior.
"Mitsubishi Motors takes these allegations very seriously and we have decided that we will pull our advertising at the present time," Alex Fedorak, a Mitsubishi spokesman, said in a statement. Mitsubishi spent about $2.1 million for ads on O'Reilly's show in 2016, making it the show's fifth-largest advertiser, The New York Times reported.
As of late Tuesday, twenty advertisers had boycotted the show. CNN Money listed them: Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, BMW of North America, Mitsubishi Motors, Lexus, Constant Contact, Bayer, Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, Orkin, UNTUCKit, Allstate, Esurance (which is owned by Allstate), T. Rowe Price, GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi, Credit Karma, Wayfair, The Wonderful Company, TrueCar, and the Society for Human Resource Management.
Color of Change, which describes itself as "the nation's largest online racial justice organization," launched a campaign focused on the advertisers. "Their money and support is keeping him on the air," Rashad Robinson, executive director of the organization, told the Times. "It is rewarding his actions. It is rewarding the damage he has done to people in their lives and their careers."
His organization launched a petition to #DumpOReilly, arguing that the Fox News host "is a purveyor of sexual violence who has consistently used his platform to promote hateful and divisive rhetoric that attacks women, Black culture, and civil rights." Besides these political smears, the group alleged that "O'Reilly has used his position of power on the network to prey on vulnerable women and attempt to force himself sexually on them — harassing subordinates with disgusting phone calls and threatening to fire them for not giving in to his lewd and misogynistic advances."
Similarly, the National Organization for Women called for Fox News to fire O'Reilly and called for an independent investigation of the culture at the news channel.
The Women's March Twitter account started a thread of women sharing stories of sexual harassment in the workplace, with the hashtag "#DropOReilly."
Even Donna Lynne Champlin, known for her role as Paula on the critically acclaimed show "Crazy Ex Girlfriend," got in on the action.