New Yorker drops Steve Bannon from festival lineup after outcry

The New Yorker has rescinded its invitation to former White House strategist Steve Bannon to its festival after stars like Jim Carrey Judd Apatow John Mulaney and Patton Oswalt said they were pulling out in protest

A day after the New Yorker rescinded its invitation for Bannon to attend its annual festival, The Economist's editor-in-chief Zanny Minton Beddoes said his publication will still host the former White House strategist at its own event later this month.

"If Steve Bannon is at the New Yorker festival I am out", Apatow wrote on Twitter. "See if Milo Yiannopoulos is free?"

It's nearly been two decades since the first New Yorker festival that features celebrity panels offering their own, unique views on issues, but this year someone won't be appearing.

A number of celebrities who were also slated to participate at the event, including Jim Carrey, Judd Apatow and Patton Oswalt, all backed out upon learning that Bannon was scheduled to be interviewed there by top New Yorker editor David Remnick. In a statement posted on Twitter, Remnick explained that the point of an interview would have been to put pressure on Bannon's views, not to give him a platform to espouse "white nationalism, racism, anti-semitism, and illiberalism".

Bannon, for his part, said that the New Yorker had capitulated to a "howling online mob".

'I've thought this through and talked to colleagues - and I've re-considered.

He then said concern from others about the setting of the interview, which he was due to conduct on-stage, had made him change his mind.

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News of Bannon's inclusion was met with wide-spread criticism. British writer Laurie Penny tweeted Monday that she "cannot in good conscience appear at an event which chooses to dignify a neo-nationalist like Steve Bannon".

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

Quoting the magazine's founder, James Wilson, Beddoes described how its longstanding mission was to take part in "a severe contest between intelligence, which presses forward, and an unworthy, timid ignorance obstructing our progress".

The announcement did not go over well. "Could never happen", added actor Jim Carrey.

Under fire, Remnick, who deservedly is one of the country's most respected journalists, figured this out late Monday - sort of - and withdrew the magazine's invitation.

Since leaving the White House past year, 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. "It's obvious that no matter how tough the questioning, Bannon is not going to burst into tears and change his view of the world". Pulitzer Prize winning journalist David Remnick told the New York Times he meant to confront the man with tough questions and expected that the hostile audience would help put pressure on the guest.

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