At least three celebrities are boycotting Sirius XM after the satellite radio company announced that former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is rejoining one of its shows.
Actors Seth Rogen and John Leguizamo and musician Melissa Etheridge have all vowed to shun Sirius XM for letting Bannon return to the subscription broadcast service.
“I was supposed to do a press tour on @SIRIUSXM on Tuesday but I’m no longer doing it because I can’t bring myself to appear on the same service that has decided to support Steve Bannon,” Rogen tweeted last Friday.
“Apologies to the shows I had to cancel,” Rogan added before denouncing the Breitbart News chairman. “And F--- Steve Bannon.”
Etheridge on Friday echoed Rogen’s remarks, tweeting that she “no longer in good conscience” could appear on her Sirius XM broadcast.
“I will fight for anyone’s right to free speech,” she added while responding to a Twitter user critical of her decision. “I will not be a part of amplifying or normalizing hate speech.”
Leguizamo on Sunday tweeted that he “just canceled” his Sirius XM service over Bannon’s hiring, adding “No hate mongers!”
CNN Media on Sunday reported that Rogen’s canceled press tour with Sirius XM comes as “The Disaster Artist,” a new movie he stars in, plays in theaters.
Etheridge has hosted an interview program called “Melissa’s Basement” on Sirius XM’s Volume channel, while Leguizamo boasts over 850,000 Twitter followers.
The tracking site Keyhole on Sunday reported that thousands of social media users either posted or shared the hashtag #BoycottSiriusXM over the weekend.
Sirius XM announced last week that Bannon would return as a host on “Breitbart News Daily,” a radio program on its conservative Patriot channel.
The company said in a statement last Friday that “it has promised to deliver a diversity of opinions and viewpoints, from conservative and progressive to everything in between.”
“Free speech is vitally important,” the statement added. “We ardently believe that by allowing a virtually unlimited platform of viewpoints, we are doing our best to uphold that core value.”
Bannon left President Trump’s administration last August, returning to his role as executive chairman of the far-right Breitbart.