Sirius XM faces movie star backlash after Steve Bannon rejoins radio present

Steve Bannon’s return to a radio internet hosting gig is kicking up some movie star backlash.

Actors Seth Rogen, John Leguizamo, and singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge have all promised to boycott SiriusXM for permitting Bannon to look on the subscription radio service.

The outcry began after SiriusXM introduced last Tuesday that Bannon, the previous chief strategist for President Trump, can be a number on the “Breitbart Information Day by day” radio present. It airs on Patriot, a conservative station.

“I can not carry myself to look on the identical service that has determined to assist Steve Bannon,” Rogen tweeted Friday, including that he canceled a scheduled press tour on SiriusXM. Rogen stars within the new movie “The Catastrophe Artist.”

Etheridge additionally steered Friday that she would abandon her involvement with Quantity, a SiriusXM music channel. She has hosted an interview program on the channel referred to as “Melissa’s Basement.”

“After information that @SIRIUSXM has given #SteveBannon a present, I can now not in good conscience be part of my present,” she tweeted, later including, “I’ll combat for anybody’s proper to free speech. I can’t be part of amplifying or normalizing hate speech.”

Leguizamo, the Broadway and display screen actor, adopted Sunday. He tweeted to his greater than 800,000 followers that he “simply canceled my #SiriusXM as a result of they employed #Bannon ! No hate mongers!”

The hashtag #BoycottSiriusXM, in the meantime, was posted or shared by 1000’s of social media customers over the weekend, in keeping with the monitoring website Keyhole.

Related: Steve Bannon returns to Breitbart after ouster from White House

SiriusXM stated in a press release Friday that the community “has promised to ship a variety of opinions and viewpoints, from conservative to progressive to every thing in between.”

“Free speech is vitally vital. We ardently imagine that by permitting a just about limitless platform of viewpoints, we’re doing our greatest to uphold that core worth,” SiriusXM stated.

The corporate declined to remark additional on Sunday.

Bannon is accustomed to radio. The Breitbart Information govt chairman was a number on Patriot earlier than the 2016 election. He joined the Trump marketing campaign in its closing months and served within the administration till August.

In its announcement, SiriusXM additionally stated Breitbart would develop its presence on Patriot with a brand new each day weeknight present and extra weekend programming.

The monetary phrases of Bannon’s relationship with SiriusXM usually are not clear. When requested if Bannon is paid by the community, spokesman Patrick Reilly stated SiriusXM does “not focus on the phrases of our programming offers.”

Bannon didn’t present a response to the potential boycott when requested by CNN on Sunday.

Related: Matt Drudge jabs Bannon over Roy Moore, prompting internal Breitbart fury

Bannon is a controversial determine in politics. He is lengthy been bent on upending the political institution, and he is usually thought of one of many harbingers of the populist motion that vaulted Trump into the nation’s highest workplace.

His far-right web site, Breitbart, has additionally been defending the Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, who is now embroiled in a sexual misconduct scandal.

“I really feel jacked up,” Bannon instructed the Weekly Customary when he left the White Home. “Now I am free. I’ve obtained my arms again on my weapons. Somebody stated, ‘it is Bannon the Barbarian.’ I’m positively going to crush the opposition.”

CNNMoney (New York) First printed December 10, 2017: 6:51 PM ET

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