Steve Bannon dropped from New Yorker festival after backlash

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The New Yorker incited a lot of anger on Monday after it was announced that former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon would be headlining the magazine's October festival.

Other guests at the 2018 New Yorker Festival include actor Emily Blunt, author Zadie Smith, and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates. Judd Apatow, Jim Carrey and John Mulaney are among those to tweet that they will not be participating. "Sorry, @NewYorker. See if Milo Yiannopoulos is free?" a reference to the far-right writer and speaker whose memoir was dropped past year by Simon & Schuster after numerous complaints. But after public outcry from magazine staff and festival headliners, Remnick rescinded his invitation. 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 an email statement Monday, Bannon wrote: "After being contacted several months ago and with seven weeks of continual requests for this event, I accepted The New Yorker's invitation with no thought of an honorarium". But this isn't James Baldwin vs William F Buckley. Had that interview taken place (or if it does yet), I imagine there still would have been an outcry, much as there was recently when NPR's Noel King interviewed a white nationalist organizer on air, but the outcry would have come after, not before, the event.

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The event is held in various venues across the city - Bannon's interview will be at the New York Society for Ethical Culture. In fact, I would have loved to see Remnick interview Bannon in person and in front of a hostile audience, and while I would never have invited him if I ran the show (who needs that kind of headache?) by disinviting him, I think Remnick made an even larger mistake. "The point of an interview, a rigorous interview, particularly in a case like this, is to put pressure on the views of the person being questioned".

"The New Yorker has been my holy grail for the whole of my writing life".

"Mr. Bannon stands for a world view that is antithetical to the liberal values The Economist has always espoused", Beddoes wrote. "You can, too", New Yorker writer and fellow Pulitzer Prize victor Kathryn Schulz tweeted, followed by the magazine's email address.

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"I've changed my mind", Remnick said. "The reason for my acceptance was simple: I would be facing one of the most fearless journalists of his generation", Mr. Bannon said in a statement to The New York Times.

Jack Antonoff, Jim Carrey, and Patton Oswalt all announced they would also no longer be appearing at the festival on Twitter, though they were far more brief.

The Economist isn't backing off from its decision to invite Steve Bannon to appear at a conference the magazine is holding later this month.

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"Remnick also argued that interviewing Bannon is not endorsing him and his "'ideas' of white nationalism, racism, antisemitism and illiberalism".

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