Two days ago, Wonkette Editor Jack Stuef acknowledged Trig Palin's third birthday with a post entitled, "Greatest Living American: A Children's Treasury of Trig Crap on His Birthday." Wonkette readers predicted instantly that the inflammatory post--featuring videos of Trig and mom Sarah, some not particularly sensitive references to Trig's Down syndrome, a photo collage of photos of the child's face, and a seizure-inducing blingee pic complete with flashing images of a tiara-wearing Trig, Justin Bieber, a birthday cake, a moose and a dancing stripper alongside the message: "Happy Birfday Reagan II"--would incite heavy backlash. They were right. Today it's started to take full form.
There's been no shortage of outrage towards Stuef today, especially on Twitter, but one infuriated tweeter in particular is going above and beyond to bring down Stuef and Wonkette together. Daily Caller Founder and Big Government Writer Derek Hunter had commented several times on how horrified he was by Stuef's post before saying to followers: "When you click on the @wonkette link to read @stuef's sick attack on Trig Palin, note the advertisers and let them know what you think," noting that "Personally, I won't be buying anything sold by companies that advertise on @wonkette as long as they condone what @stuef wrote."
Hunter has since tweeted at both Huggies and StarKist--the two brands with advertisements on the Trig post--questioning if they're aware that their ads are on "a site that says a child with Down Syndrome doesn't dream cuz 'he's retarded'?" Huggies has already confirmed (several times now) that they're "looking into the matter," and though StarKist hasn't respond, Hunter has posted the companies phone number and urged followers to "maybe give them a call & let 'em know what you think of them running ads on @wonkette." Hunter's Twitter boycott has already inspired a few to switch diaper and tuna brands.
Stuef's and Wonkette's response to the outpour of anger of his post has been slim, if nonexistent. On Twitter, Stuef mentions he's received a "Hate email 'I know you applied for a grant to complete that operation to remove your dick.' Hey, all of those words are spelled correctly!" And, more recently, notes that "What I want to know is what the mainstream media is going to do about me." Though these tweets could easily be referring to the Trig controversy, it's unclear.
Update: Wonkette has already lost one of its advertisers. Papa John's Pizza tweeted this afternoon, after being informed of the controversial Trig post, "Thank you for alerting us to this. We've taken steps to make sure our advertising doesn't appear on that site in the future."
Update 4/21: Today Wonkette removed the post from the site, citing the requests of "some people who have nothing to do with Sarah Palin, but who do have an interest in the cause of special needs children. We apologize for the poor comedic judgement."
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