Update: Allman's show has now been canceled. See our latest post for the scoop.
Conservative radio and TV host Jamie Allman is facing some consequences for tweeting last week in an apparent joke that he was "getting ready to ram a hot poker" up the ass of David Hogg, a seventeen-year-old Parkland shooting survivor and outspoken advocate for gun control.
Allman, who hosts both the morning radio show at 97.1 FM and The Allman Report
on the ABC affiliate KDNL, has since deleted the tweet.
Initially posted March 26, the tweet was a reply in a thread
concerning self-identified "Confederate" school board candidate Jeanie Ames
. (It still exists online in cached form
.) It read: "When we kick their ass they all like to claim we're drunk. I've been hanging out getting ready to ram a hot poker up David Hogg's ass tomorrow. Busy working. Preparing."
Since Riverfront Times broke the story on Friday
, a burgeoning boycott movement has claimed three of Allman's advertisers, including a Ruth's Chris Steak House franchisee, the Gellman Team and PALM Health.
The boycott was organized and championed by Missouri Representative Stacey Newman (D-St. Louis), a mainstay of local efforts to pass gun reform laws — although, in a state with conservative-dominated legislature, that goal remains essentially unreachable. Missouri loves its guns.
Indeed, while three advertisers have ditched Allman, the majority have apparently stuck by him. Over the weekend, Allman supporters tweeting under the hashtag #IstandwithJamieAllman defended the conservative host; some argued that Allman's tweet was being taken out of context (it wasn't), or that Allman was simply speaking figuratively about assaulting the posterior of a teenager —and doing it by utilizing a particularly brutal and sexually violent form of medieval execution
linked to the death of England's King Edward II.
Screenshot via Twitter
Later on Friday, marketer Ryan Jaycox locked his account and restricted the above Tweets.
Even former Speaker of the Missouri House Tim Jones — who, incidentally, also hosts a radio show on 97.1 — went on the record defending Allman.
Although Allman has deleted the tweet, his Twitter activity over the weekend hints that he remains defiant. Allman spent Friday and Saturday retweeting and thanking supporters, but his account went silent on Sunday.
And that might have something to do with Twitter itself. The company, too, has taken note of Allman's Tweet.
posted by Newman Sunday night indicates that the San Francisco tech company flagged Allman's account for "violating our rules for abusive behavior." However, Allman's Twitter account is currently online and active.
Neither 97.1 FM nor KNDL responded to messages seeking comment. Allman did not address the tweet and boycott during his Monday morning radio show.
Follow Danny Wicentowski on Twitter at @D_Towski. E-mail the author at Danny.Wicentowski@RiverfrontTimes.com
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