The recording sparked outrage. Two hashtags, #FireTuckerCarlson and #BoycottTuckerCarlson immediately began to trend. The latter targeted Carlson’s advertisers, which include Capital One, Coravin, and Outback Steakhouse.
Hey @CapitalOne-your miles aren’t fantastic enough to compensate for this DISGUSTING rhetoric. #FireTuckerCarlson or I cancel all of my accounts and I get everyone I know to do it, too. And they will, trust me. https://t.co/CaUcWfr6mu
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) March 11, 2019
No big surprises here. A huge chunk of what passes for "conservatism" is just raw and unmitigated contempt for women, dressed up as an ideology or philosophy we're supposed to take seriously#FireTuckerCarlson
— Alex Sayf Cummings🌹 (@akbarjenkins) March 11, 2019
— Warren Leight (@warrenleightTV) March 11, 2019
. @CapitalOne I hold 3 CC's with your company and a 360 account. I will close all 4 if you continue to advertise on @TuckerCarlson's show on @FoxNews. His views are vile. I will NOT support any company that supports him. #BoycottTuckerCarlson
— This is really happening (@leeleewantsfun) March 11, 2019
If the words in this video do not represent your values then you must immediately #BoycottTuckerCarlson
— The Hummingbird 🐦 (@SaysHummingbird) March 11, 2019
Fox News has declined to comment on the scandal and Carlson has not apologized for his remarks, though he issued a statement via his official Twitter account.
“Media Matters caught me saying something naughty on a radio show more than a decade ago,” he said in part. He added: “Anyone who disagrees with my views is welcome to come on and explain why.”
Angelo Carusone, the head of Media Matters, addressed Carlson directly and explained why the organization released the recording.
“The reason we released this is precisely because the things you say on your Fox News show echo the misogyny displayed in those clips,” Carusone said. “We were actually helping people better understand just how vile your current Fox News show is by showing what that worldview really looks like.”