Steve Bannon yanked from New Yorker Festival after outrage

Steve Bannon yanked from New Yorker Festival after outrage

Remnick said that he would not interview Bannon on stage during the event as planned but left open the door to interview him down the road "in a more traditionally journalistic setting".

Jim Carrey played his disapproval with a little more lightheartedness.

Bannon, who was once the chairman of Breitbart News, is a featured speaker at the festival and many voices in Hollywood have spoken out against his inclusion.

Comedian and producer Judd Apatow said he would be withdrawing from the event because he could not take part in any event "that normalises hate".

Prior to the memo's release, Judd Apatow, John Mulaney, Jack Antonoff, Patton Oswalt, and Jim Carey each took to twitter to drop off the festival.

It's likely that Bannon will treat the New Yorker decision as a victory, said columnist Nesrine Malik of The Guardian. I hope the @NewYorker will do the right thing and cancel the Steve Bannon event.

Bannon, who will not be doing press at the festival, is now in Venice and is expected to attend the gala screening of the doc on the Lido tomorrow. He claimed interviewing Bannon, "one of Trumpism's leading creators and organisers", was not tantamount to pulling him out of obscurity as the former aide was already a public figure. "Maybe they should read their own reporting about his ideology".

Sally Yates, Trump's ousted deputy attorney general, actresses Emily Blunt and Maggie Gyllenhaal, and a number of musicians, including Kelela and Miguel, are scheduled to speak at the three-day festival, but some participants said they would walk if Bannon appeared. "The main argument for not engaging someone like Bannon is that we are giving him a platform and that he will use it, unfiltered, to propel further the "ideas" of white nationalism, racism, anti-Semitism, and illiberalism", Remnick wrote.

Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon has been dropped from an American arts and politics festival after other panellists threatened to pull out. It's also true that we pay an honorarium, that we pay for travel and lodging.

Remnick had sought out Steve Bannon for a podcast interview, according to CNN's Reliable Sources.

Explaining the decision, New Yorker editor David Remnick said that "to interview Bannon is not to endorse him". "Farrow's award-winning New Yorker article about Weinstein", Lack wrote, "bore little resemblance to the draft script he produced at NBC News". "Ahead of the mid-term elections and with 2020 in sight, we'd be taking the opportunity to question someone who helped assemble Trumpsim", he argued.

In response, Bannon called Remnick "gutless".



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