The New Yorker Festival is an annual event that is hosted by The New Yorker Magazine according to Biz Bash the event saw “20,000 people in attendance,” in 2017.
The event which last year featured well known celebrities, like actress Glenn Close, or director Rob Reiner, also draws people like rock climber Alex Honnold. Biz Bash explains that the event “features engaging conversations between New Yorker staff and the world’s leading writers, artists, politicians, athletes, activists,” and even news makers.
This years 19th annual event is to be held on October 5th, 6th, and 7th, and has found itself at the heart of controversy.
The New York Times reported Monday that Steve Bannon had been invited as a guest, to speak with The New Yorker editor David Remnick.
Remnick told the Times via phone, “I have every intention of asking him difficult questions and engaging in a serious and even combative conversation,” Remnick added, “The audience itself, by its presence, puts a certain pressure on a conversation that an interview alone doesn’t do,” he explained that the audience also makes it impossible to jump on and off the record.
Bannon’s appearance at the Festival soon faced outrage among Twitter users
Soon after the outrage came other speakers announcing via Twitter that they would simply not attend the event
That led to a statement by Remnick via the Washington Post, who posted Remnick’s entire statement, the main gist, of the lengthy statement is he feels there is value in hearing what a man like Steve Bannon has to say, but that he does not want to alienate his readers or his staff and that he will simply interview Bannon in a different venue at a different time.
“I don’t want well-meaning readers and staff members to think that I’ve ignored their concerns. I’ve thought this through and talked to colleagues—and I’ve re-considered. I’ve changed my mind. There is a better way to do this. 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.”
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Tickets for The New Yorker Festival go on sale September 7th and range in price from $39.00 to $349.00 dollars a ticket.