In the wake of the sexual abuse allegation lobbed at Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, who is running for U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ seat in Alabama, conservative commentator Sean Hannity interviewed the embattled Moore on Thursday.
During the interview, Hannity gave Moore some benefit of the doubt amidst the fresh accusations, but some people felt he was too soft off Moore in his questioning, according to BuzzFeed News.
Responding to a complaint from Angela Carusone, president of the liberal Media Matters for America, the coffee maker company Keurig replied on Twitter, “Angelo, thank you for your concern and for bringing this to our attention. We worked with our media partner and Fox News to stop our ad from airing during the Sean Hannity Show.”
Once Hannity’s fans caught wind of Keurig’s boycott of the show, they launched a boycott effort of their own against Keurig. Videos of Hannity supporters smashing their Keurig coffee makers in protest went viral. Keurig machines got crushed by hammers, dropped off balconies, and beaten into pieces by baseball bats, bricks, and golf clubs as #BoycottKeurig started trending.
Other Keurig owners simply threw their machines into the trash and let everyone know on social media. Apparently, their boycott made an impact, because Keurig CEO Bob Gamgort released a memo on Monday.
Gamgort made it clear that letting the public know they’d pulled their advertising from Hannity’s show via a public Twitter announcement was “highly unusual” and “done outside of company protocols.” He also acknowledged that Keurig’s reputation had been “put at risk” by the announcement.
The Keurig CEO did not, however, say he’d begin advertising with Hannity again. He did call the decision to stop advertising simply a “pause” while the company decides what to do next. Not everyone on either side of the political aisle was satisfied with Gamgort’s words.
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Listen to Hannity’s interview with Moore in the video below (Parental warning: Not intended for children).