Rags-to-riches MyPillow inventor and CEO Mike Lindell has weighed in on the advertiser boycott of The Ingraham Angle, Laura Ingraham's show on the Fox News Channel which airs weeknights at 10 p.m. Eastern time. Advertisers began fleeing the show after Ingraham got into a petty and well-publicized social media dispute with a prominent Parkland high school gun control advocate, for which she subsequently apologized. The student, David Hogg, had already tweeted out a list of Ingraham advertisers, however, and the rest is history.
The controversy also prompted a counter-boycott by Ingraham fans against those corporations who pulled their ads; they insist that the sponsorship exit constitutes an attack on freedom of speech.
MyPillow commercials are all over television, including Fox News, and radio, with ads that often feature the Minneapolis-area company's founder Mike Lindell himself. He also hawks his products on home shopping channels and via infomercials.
"Lindell famously created My Pillow after a dream he had in 2004. At the time, he was broke and addicted to crack cocaine...He was also an early supporter of then-candidate Trump, and has made a business practice of using suppliers based in the United States." The Daily Caller explained.
In a tweet earlier this week, Mike Lindell made his feelings clear about continued sponsorship of FNC programming.
"I did not take my advertising down from IngrahamAngle and FoxNews, nor do I intend to."
In a statement, Lindell told Minnesota's Shakopee Valley News that "Advertising decisions are based on what's best for MyPillow, my employees and my customers."