T-Mobile’s new CEO tweeted “Bye-bye Tucker Carlson” multiple times this week and said his company will no longer sponsor Carlson’s Fox News show after Carlson made racist comments Monday evening.
Carlson last week offered an inflammatory take on the nationwide anti-racism demonstrations that have followed the death of George Floyd at the hands of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.
Carlson kicked off his Monday night show by claiming Black Lives Matter “is definitely not about black lives,” but rather “left-wing mobs” who are trying to “cancel your rights.”
“This may be a lot of things, this moment we’re living through, but it is definitely not about black lives, and remember that when they come for you, and at this rate, they will,” Carlson told viewers on June 8, the first day of Floyd’s memorial in his adopted hometown of Houston.
On Tuesday, he lashed out at Sesame Street for showing a special to educate children about racism.
Asked by a Twitter user the next day if Carlson’s message was one T-Mobile supported, CEO Mike Sievert tweeted back, “It definitely is not. Bye-bye Tucker Carlson! #BlackLivesMatter.”
T-Mobile said in a subsequent tweet that it had cut ties with Carlson in early May, noting that it had “cancelled all future placements” and that T-Mobile will “continue to support those who stand against racial injustice.”
Hey there, Tim. We hear you. We haven’t run ads on Tucker Carlson Tonight since early May and have cancelled all future placements. We will continue to support those who stand against racial injustice. ^AdamBailey
— T-Mobile Help (@TMobileHelp) June 10, 2020
It definitely is not. Bye-bye Tucker Carlson! #BlackLivesMatter
— Mike Sievert (@MikeSievert) June 10, 2020
Papa John’s confirmed in an emailed statement to CBS News that it, too, had cut ties with Carlson’s Fox News show. The Louisville, Kentucky-based restaurant chain also noted it is pulling back from all “opinion-based programming.”
Disney also told the political newsletter Popular Information on Wednesday that it would no longer advertise on Carlson’s program.