Political ads on Hulu: Democrats slam Hulu’s refusal to run ads as ‘censorship’
Streaming giant Hulu has come under fire from some Democratic leaders and organizations for refusing to air certain ads that address issues such as abortion and guns.
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in the United States after the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Democratic Governors Association lamented Hulu’s move to the Washington Post.
“Hulu’s censorship of the truth is outrageous, offensive, and another step down a dangerous path for our country,” said Christie Roberts, Tim Persico and Noam Lee, respectively executive directors of those Democratic committees, in a statement to the Washington. Job. “Voters have a right to know the facts about MAGA’s Republican agenda on issues like abortion — and Hulu is doing the American people a huge disservice by preventing voters from learning the truth about the tally of the GOP or refusing to allow these issues to even be discussed. ”
One of the initially disallowed ads was from Suraj Patel, a Democratic candidate for Congress from New York. The ad was later approved after several edits.
“To not address these topics in my campaign announcement is to fail to address the most important issues facing the United States,” Patel wrote in a letter to Disney CEO Bob Chapek and President of Hulu, Joe Earley. “Your ban on mobilization messages has a perverse effect on democracy.” Hulu is majority owned by Disney.
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Similar ads about abortion and guns on a local ABC channel and on ESPN, two other majority-owned Disney DIS properties,
were approved while the same ads on Hulu were not.
According to the Post’s story, a source familiar with Hulu’s policies says the company rejects ads that take a stance on controversial issues, whether it’s a political ad or not.
Representatives for Hulu and Disney did not immediately respond to MarketWatch’s request for comment on this story.
Disney is poised to release an ad-supported version of Disney+ in the coming months, but some media buying executives told Variety in May that they believe Disney will be selective with the ads it does. it broadcasts by not airing advertisements featuring alcohol, politics, or rival media companies. .
Hulu has 45.6 million subscribers as of May 2022.
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The controversy over submitted political ads on abortion and gun control comes as the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade who legalized abortion at the federal level, a move that many Democrats, including President Biden, have denounced.
Some social media chat Hulu’s desire to run ads featuring political positions on abortion has led some people to talk about the popular Hulu series Handmaid’s Tale, which features a fictional dystopian world where women are subjugated.
Prior to Roe v. Wade from the Supreme Court, a poll showed a majority of Americans want Roe to remain intact. According to a January CNN poll, 69% of Americans wanted to keep Roe as law, while 30% wanted the decision overturned altogether.
Abortion polls have remained fairly consistent for over 20 years. Since 1989, between 52% and 66% of American adults have said they want Roe to stay put, according to a poll conducted and compiled by Gallup.