New Yorker disinvites Bannon from festival following backlash

New Yorker editor David Remnick released a lengthy statement on Twitter explaining his decision to invite- and then disinvite- Bannon

New Yorker editor David Remnick released a lengthy statement on Twitter explaining his decision to invite- and then disinvite- Bannon

Editor David Remnick, who will be interviewing Bannon, tried to get ahead of the controversy in a chat with the New York Times tied to the festival announcement, saying he was willing to be "combative".

Following the announcement that Steve Bannon would be headlining the New Yorker Festival this October, subscribers, celebrities, and even the magazine's own employees turned to Twitter to vent their frustrations. Just hours after it was revealed that The New Yorker Festival had invited Steve Bannon as a headline interviewee, some high-profile names are withdrawing from the event. In a memo to staff, New Yorker editor David Remnick wrote, "I don't want well-meaning readers and staff members to think that I've ignored their concerns".

"I've thought this through and talked to colleagues - and I've reconsidered".

"I've changed my mind", Remnick said.

It's been a little more than a year since Bannon was ousted from the White House, although he's never been far from the public eye, and today he's trending on social media as the likes of Ava DuVernay and Chelsea Clinton weigh in on The New Yorker's invitation. "Maybe they should read their own reporting about his ideology".

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Mulaney expressed frustration with both Bannon's presence and the way the festival announced it, tweeting "T$3 his isn't James Baldwin vs William F Buckley".

'This is PT Barnum level horse***t.

As of publication, Jim Carrey, Jack Antonoff, Patton Oswalt, and Bo Burnham have also canceled their scheduled appearances.

"I have every intention of asking him hard questions and engaging in a serious and even combative conversation", Remnick told the New York Times in a phone interview. After all, Bannon helped smuggle white nationalism into Breitbart. I hope the @NewYorker will do the right thing and cancel the Steve Bannon event. "You can't jump on and off the record".

"If Steve Bannon is at the New Yorker festival I am out", tweeted director Judd Apatow".

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