If Steve Bannon is at the New Yorker festival I am out. Jim Carrey, Judd Apatow, and Patton Oswalt were among those declaring that they wouldn't appear at the same event as Bannon. "Sorry, @NewYorker. See if Milo Yiannopoulos is free?" a reference to the far-right writer and speaker whose memoir was dropped a year ago by Simon & Schuster after numerous complaints.
News of Bannon's role sparked "a day of thoughtful, open, angry conversations" among The New Yorker's staff, according to the magazine's Adam Davidson, who said that while he agreed with the decision to yank Bannon from the program, "it has been painful, even maddening, to see the personalized outrage at David".
Social media was flooded with tweets and posts of people who disapproved of Steve Bannon's inclusion and within hours of the public announcement Bannon would head a panel, the New Yorker officially disinvited him.
Though Remick is no fan of the Trump administration and planned on grilling Bannon, the decision was made to disinvite him due to the number of celebrities who began canceling.
"I will not take part in an event that normalizes hate", Apatow said via Twitter, calling on the magazine to cancel Bannon's portion of the event. 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. I've thought this through and talked to colleagues - and I've re-considered", said New Yorker editor David Remnick in a lengthy statement. I am not so fragile in my beliefs that Steve Bannon or Milo or any one of their ilk will be able to convince me that we should build the wall or lock her up, but if you don't want to be exposed to risky ideas, I'm sure Bo Burnham's talk will be a nice, safe space. This is PT Barnum level horseshit.
'Our writers have interviewed Steve Bannon for The New Yorker before, and if the opportunity presents itself I'll interview him in a more traditionally journalistic setting as we first discussed, and not on stage, ' Remnick told staff members.
The New Yorker Festival's 19th edition will take place from October 5-7 and will include anti-gun activist David Hogg, actress Emily Blunt and writers Haruki Murakami and Zadie Smith. "We asked him to take part because his populist nationalism is of grave effect in today's politics".
"There is nothing more to learn from Bannon about his particular brand of populism, with its blatant overlay of white supremacy", Sullivan wrote.
Disinviting Steve Bannon doesn't make him go away.
Remnick said he had hoped to conduct a "rigorous interview", which would put pressure on Bannon's views.