Justin Bieber Joins Public Outcry Against Fox News' Laura Ingraham Over 'Disgusting' Nipsey Hussle Comments
By Zach Seemayer
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Justin Bieber is lending his voice to the public outcry demanding that Fox News fire Laura Ingraham.
"Laura Ingraham [it was] absolutely disgusting what you did on national television. How dare you laugh in the face of a person who has passed on," Bieber wrote in a fiery post on Instagram on Thursday. "Doesn’t matter who it is. But disrespecting someone’s who was a pillar in the community and did right by people? Did you not think about the family who just lost a love one and now have to see you mock him on national television?"
"It’s absurd and you should be fired period," the singer added.
Ingraham is the latest Fox News personality facing public outcry and boycotts, this time over her coverage of slain rapper Nipsey Hussle's memorial service, which many considered disrespectful and insulting.
During Friday's episode of her show, The Ingraham Angle, the 55-year-old conservative TV personality reported on the massive memorial service honoring Hussle, who was fatally shot outside his store in Los Angeles late last month.
During her broadcast, Ingraham laughed and made sarcastic remarks about the song "FDT," or "F**k Donald Trump," which she wrongly attributed to Hussle. While Hussle does feature on the track, the song was released on rapper YG's 2016 album Still Brazy.
“Yesterday in L.A., thousands lined the streets to say goodbye to rapper Nipsey Hussle,” a broadly grinning Ingraham reported, before pedantically dissecting the lyrics with her guest, journalist Raymond Arroyo.
Ingraham also played a segment from the song's music video with the implication that it was of Hussle, when in fact the clip only showed YG performing. (It wouldn't be the first time this year that a Fox News personality got one black celebrity confused with another. Jesse Watters found himself in hot water back in early March when he mistakenly confused Gayle King for Robin Roberts.)
Here's Laura Ingraham mocking a murder victim, just hours after he was laid to rest, because he opposed Trump 3 years ago. (Also, the man rapping in that video is YG, a person who is not Nipsey Hussle.) For shame.pic.twitter.com/02iBYdr5wo
Following Ingraham's light-hearted coverage of a murdered artist's memorial service, fans of Hussle took offense and a campaign began calling for her termination from the network.
The Game, a close friend of the late rapper, was one of several prominent music figures to took to social media and demand Ingraham be held accountable for her behavior.
"So lemme tell you what’s going to happen here.... @foxnews fires this disrespectful c**t by tomorrow, Monday morning or you will lose millions of viewers one person at a time until it drastically effects your ratings, views etc…" the rapper wrote on Instagram, alongside a video of the episode.
"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," he continued. "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 !!!... DO NOT LET THIS SLIDE MY PEOPLE. I know you can feel the energy NIP left all of us.. I know you feel it !!!!!"
A number of other big name rappers -- including TI, Snoop Dogg and several other stars who spoke and shared memories during Hussle's enormous Celebration of Life tribute at the Staples Center last Thursday -- joined in on the boycott, threatening to stop support for Ingraham's sponsors if Fox Next doesn't fire her.
This is the latest in a number of controversies and outcries Ingraham has sparked over the past year. In 2018, Ingraham drew heat for telling LeBron James to "shut up and dribble" after the NBA star expressed criticism for President Donald Trump.
Additionally, Ingraham infamously compared the detention facilities where migrant children are being held after getting separated from their families to "summer camps" and was forced to apologize after mocking David Hogg -- a survivor of the 2018 mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School and vocal gun control advocate -- for not getting accepted into a college that he applied to.
For more on Hussle's life, legacy and the outpouring of love and tributes following his death, watch the video below.