Laura Ingraham remains under fire after making insensitive comments about the late-Nipsey Hussle during an episode of The Ingraham Angle last Friday.
The Fox News anchor sarcastically poked fun at not only the rapper, but his memorial service, too — which took place in L.A. last Thursday.
Now, a week after the memorial, Justin Bieber has targeted Ingraham with a lengthy Instagram post, scolding her for her actions and claiming that she “should be fired.”
During the episode, Ingraham, 55, referenced fellow rapper YG’s song, FDT — which only featured Hussle. “This dear artist recently released a song called FDT, F[**k] Donald Trump,” she inaccurately claimed before laughing and joking with her co-host, Raymond Arroyo.
She proceeded to play a series of clips from YG’s video — none of which actually featured Hussle. “That’s a very catchy refrain,” she said to Arroyo, who also laughed and responded, “Very catchy.”
“The chorus goes on and on… Is that related to the lowest unemployment ever basically for African Americans?” Ingraham asked.
The broadcast resulted in major controversy among the hip-hop community at large, with many individuals calling for the host to be fired from Fox News.
Nipsey Hussle attends A Craft Syndicate Music Collaboration Unveiling Event at Opera Atlanta on Dec.10, 2018 in Atlanta, Ga.
Both T.I. and The Game have already spoke out against Ingraham along with a number of other musicians, calling her “disgusting,” but now Bieber, the 25-year-old pop sensation, isn’t holding back against the host and her inconsiderate remarks.
“Laura Ingraham,” he wrote. “[It’s] absolutely disgusting what you did on national television. How dare you laugh in the face of a person who has passed on. [It] doesn’t matter who it is.”
“But disrespecting someone who was a pillar in the community and did right by people?” he asked rhetorically. “Did you not think about the family who just lost a loved one and now have to see you mock him on national television?”
“It’s absurd,” he continued, “and you should be fired. Period.”
Laura Ingraham absolutely disgusting what you did on national television. How dare you laugh in the face of a person who has passed on. 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. #repost #spreadawareness
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Toronto hip-hop artist Tory Lanez echoed T.I. and The Game’s messages. “F**K YOU LAURA FROM @foxnews LIKE SINCERELY FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART, F**K YOU,” he captioned a photo on Instagram.
R&B artist Tank has also shared a link to a petition calling for Ingraham to be fired. As of this wring, the petition has over 44,000 signatures with a goal of 1,000.
Since the initial backlash, Ingraham has not addressed her wrong-doing or the influx of hate messages she has received online.
Laura Ingraham at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) sponsored by the American Conservative Union held at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Oxon Hill.
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Hussle was shot and killed on March 31, outside of his clothing store in South L.A.
The Los Angeles City Council voted Friday to rename that intersection “Nipsey Hussle Square.”
Hussle’s memorial service was attended by not only his close friends and family, but thousands of his dedicated fans.
Ingraham is no stranger to making controversial comments. You can read more of them here.
— With files from Katie Scott
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