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Parkland, Florida, student David Hogg is calling for advertisers to boycott Fox News' Laura Ingraham after she tweeted about his college rejections.
What's the history?
Hogg, 17, spoke with TMZ host Harvey Levin on Tuesday, where he detailed his disappointment in not getting acceptance letters to his top schools — which included UCLA.
"It’s not been too great for me and some of the other members in the movement," Hogg told Levin. "We got rejected from … UCLA, and UCSD, so it’s been kind of annoying having to deal with that, and everything else that’s been going on, but at this point, it’s, you know, we’re changing the world."
He later added that it was no sweat off his back if colleges didn't want to support him.
Levin said that it must be a "little disappointing" to endure the trauma of the mass killing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School only to be turned down from choice schools.
"You picked yourself up and you created a movement that has really resonated around the world," he added.
Hogg responded in the affirmative, noting that he is disappointed.
"It is, it is absolutely disappointing," the outspoken gun control advocate answered. "But at this point, we’re already changing the world. If colleges want to support us in that, great. If they don’t, it doesn’t matter. We’re still going to change the world."
What did Ingraham say?
On Wednesday, Ingraham, who hosts Fox's "The Ingraham Angle," shared a story detailing Hogg's college rejections.
She wrote, "David Hogg Rejected By Four Colleges To Which He Applied and whines about it. (Dinged by UCLA with a 4.1 GPA...totally predictable given acceptance rates)."
David Hogg Rejected By Four Colleges To Which He Applied and whines about it. (Dinged by UCLA with a 4.1 GPA...totally predictable given acceptance rates.) https://t.co/wflA4hWHXY
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) March 28, 2018
Hogg apparently took great issue with Ingraham's tweet, and just hours later called for social media users to contact her biggest advertisers.
Hogg wrote, "Soooo @IngrahamAngle what are your biggest advertisers ... Asking for a friend. BoycottIngramAdverts."
Working on a list rn !
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) March 29, 2018
After he compiled his list, he shared another tweet, which offered up Ingraham's advertisers and encouraged people to contact them.
Pick a number 1-12 contact the company next to that #
Top Laura Ingraham Advertisers
6. @RocketMortgage Mortgage
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) March 29, 2018
Hogg's 14-year-old sister later entered the fray and lambasted Ingraham for "attacking" her brother's grades.
She wrote, "How low are your ratings @IngrahamAngle that you have to start attacking my brother’s grades to get attention? If you ask me, he is more articulate than you and has far better character. Man, that’s real low even for you. Coming from a 14 year old, please grow up."
How low are your ratings @IngrahamAngle that you have to start attacking my brother’s grades to get attention? If you ask me, he is more articulate than you and has far better character. Man, that’s real low even for you. Coming from a 14 year old, please grow up. #NeverAgain https://t.co/CgUVeGRfxP
— Lauren Hogg (@lauren_hoggs) March 28, 2018
Ingraham has not responded to Hogg's tweets at this time.
This writer's perspective (and some facts)
Ingraham didn't appear to be outwardly attacking anything, but especially not Hogg's grades — which are undeniably satisfactory.
While Hogg's GPA is clearly admirable, it seems that Ingraham was simply pointing out that a GPA of 4.1 (note: Hogg self-reported his GPA as 4.2) just wasn't good enough for UCLA .
The school's acceptance rate hovers around 18 percent, and it is the most highly applied-to school in the U.S, according to the school.
The average GPA for admitted freshman is over 4.3, and average SAT scores range between 1940 and 2240.
By his own admission, Hogg's SAT scores were 1270 — which, while perfectly acceptable, is significantly lower than UCLA's average accepted scores.
Ingraham, by all accounts, more or less echoed the sentiments of many people who ran across this story this week.
UPDATE 3/30/18, 6:56 a.m.:
It is unclear at this time if Hogg took the SAT under the "old" scoring system.
The SAT scoring system changed in 2016, and instead of the tests being based on a system of 2400, they are now based on a system of 1600.
You can read more about this change — and the score conversions — here.
In any case, Hogg's scores would still be quite lower than what UCLA generally accepts in most cases.
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