New Yorker Festival drops Bannon after celebrity backlash

Steve Bannon dropped from New Yorker Festival after outrage from Judd Apatow Patton Oswalt John Mulaney and more speakers

President Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon was uninvited to the New Yorker Festival, where he was scheduled to headline, the New York Times reported.

The New Yorker has pulled the plug on a planned appearance by Steve Bannon at an upcoming event after other attendees, including Hollywood stars, threatened to walk. Several, including Jim Carrey and Judd Apatow, hinted at Bannon's embrace of nationalism as the reason. Sorry, @NewYorker. See if Milo Yiannopoulos is free?'

Update: The New Yorker Festival has dropped Steve Bannon from its lineup amid backlash.

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.

"In what I would call a defining moment David Remnick showed he was gutless when confronted by the howling online mob", Mr Bannon said. "The audience itself, by its presence, puts a certain pressure on a conversation that an interview alone doesn't do. 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've changed my mind.

What happened with Bannon and the New Yorker Festival, though it may appear to be just another digital-age dust-up, is part of a much deeper media problem: the normalization of people and ideas that deserve only scorn - all done in the name of understanding and challenging them. "I can not wrap my mind around this Bannon thing", she said on Twitter.

Since leaving the White House a year ago, Bannon has continued to champion right-wing causes, including supporting British anti-Islam activist Tommy Robinson, who was freed from prison last month after winning a legal challenge over contempt charges.

"When James Wilson launched this newspaper in 1843, he said its mission was to take part in 'a severe contest between intelligence, which presses forward, and an unworthy, timid ignorance obstructing our progress.' Those words have guided us for 175 years", Beddoes said. "But to interview Bannon is not to endorse him".

Jim Carrey played his disapproval with a little more lightheartedness. Farrow took his report to The New Yorker, which published it seven weeks later, earning Farrow a Pulitzer and helping spark the #MeToo movement.

Late Monday, the magazine announced it was canceling the invitation. "There is a better way to do this", he said, saying if he gets the opportunity, he will interview Bannon in a more traditional, journalistic setting and "not on a stage".

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