Frank Stallone apologized for insulting a Parkland shooting survivor
The 67-year-old actor, Frank Stallone, changed the settings on his Twitter account from public to private after receiving backlash from fans and critics.
On March 31, 2018, Stallone lashed out against Parkland Shooting survivors, David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez. He used a discriminatory term to described Hogg and added that he should 'get sucker punched.'
As reported by NY Daily News, Stallone also responded to critics by saying that 'these privileged teens' have a free path to arrogance, and couldn't understand why he was branded as the bully
Of Gonzalez, he said she is just 'another headline-grabbing clown.' Stallone deleted the tweets soon after and made his profile private for a few hours.
Frank Stallone apologizes to Parkland shooting survivor after profanity-laced rant https://t.co/IbHEfj9kRv— Carlos Diaz (@CarlosDiaz_krs) April 3, 2018
After feeling the heat, Stallone apologized on April 1, 2018, saying he would 'never in a million years wish or promotive violence to anyone,' and said he was 'deeply ashamed' of his actions.
He made his profile private again after that. In the wake of his vulgar tweets, Juda Apatow aptly remarked that netizens wouldn't have to worry about boycotting Stallone.
'That started in the late seventies' he added, referring to Stallone's less-than-stellar career. Apatow, a director, and producer, is known for award-winning films such as The Anchorman and This Is 40.
Apatow wasn't the only person to criticize Stallone. Comedian and screenwriter known for The Mindy Project, Isaac Ike Barinholtz, called for the Lomita Community Blood Bank to boycott Stallone.
Even though Hogg has been mocked by critics like Stallone, he hasn't taken the punches sitting down. Recently, Fox host Laura Ingraham ridiculed Hogg.
Hogg accused her of cyber-bullying and listed her advertisers. Ingraham quickly apologized after 27 sponsors left her show, including Johnson & Johnson, Hulu, and Slimfast.
According to Forbes, Fox News supported Ingraham throughout the controversy, to their detriment, and ad time was down by 52% at the end of March 2018.