Motel 6 severs its relationship with Dr. Laura

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In response to Dr. Laura Schlessinger's controversial comments where she "articulated the 'N' word all the way out -- more than one time," Motel 6 has announced that it will no longer be advertising on her nationally syndicated radio show. Motel 6 executives are sending the following email to people who contact them about her comments:

Thank you for taking the time to write to us. We have ended our relationship with the Dr. Laura show, and there will be no future Motel 6 advertising on this program.

On August 10, Schelssinger launched into a racially charged rant during which she repeatedly used a racial epithet. Among other things, Schelssinger told an African-American caller that she had a "chip on [her] shoulder" and was "hypersensitive about color." Schlessinger also told the caller, "Don't double N -- NAACP me." Schlessinger has since apologized for her comments, which she appears to have excised from the recording of that day's show available on her website. Schlessinger has criticized media that "rebroadcast" the comments "again and again and again."

In response to Schlessinger's comments, Media Matters for America called on her sponsors to stop supporting her racially charged rhetoric. As Media Matters' Joe Strupp noted, a spokesperson for Advance Auto Parts said the company was investigating Schlessinger's comments before deciding whether to continue advertising. In a Twitter message, Advanced Auto officials said Schlessinger's "comments does not reflect the views or opinions of OnStar." In a message to Media Matters, Netflix spokesman Steve Swasey said, "Netflix does not support bigotry of any kind. Netflix advertising on individual programs does not indicate the company's endorsement of the opinions expressed on those programs."

H/T Twitter user paxromana5777

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