Food magazine editor, William Sitwell has resigned. This was the result of him sending an email to a freelancer stating that he would like to make a series about killing vegans.
Sitwell was the editor of a British magazine, Waitrose and Partners Food.
What Was in the Email
In the email sent to freelancer Selene Nelson, Stillwell wrote, “How about a series in killing vegans, one by one. Ways to trap them? How to interrogate them properly? Expose their hypocrisy? Force-feed them meat? Make them eat stead and drink red wine?”
In response, Stillwell posted news about his departure. “Firstly, to reiterate my apology to any food- and life-loving vegan who were genuinely offended by remarks written by me as an ill-judged joke in a private email and now widely reported.”
He went on to thank his team at Waitrose and Partners Food for nearly two decades of laughter. He also posted a photo of the cover of the magazine for January 2017, “Eat Veg” making note that they refused advertising for that issue to “proffering meat-based products”.
The Companies Response?
After almost 20 years, the company asked for Stillwell’s immediate resignation. In a statement, the magazine said, “In the light of William’s recent email remarks, we’ve told John Brown Media that we believe this is the right and proper move. We will be working with them to appoint a new editor for the magazine.”
“We have had a relationship with William for almost 20 years and are grateful for his contribution to our business over that time.”