Sunday, 20 Sep 2020

Waitrose magazine editor William Sitwell quits over 'killing vegans' email

William Sitwell, a food critic and writer, made the comments in an email to a freelance writer after she pitched him a series of vegan recipes.

Selene Nelson told Buzzfeed her pitch was met with a response from the editor which said: “How about a series on killing vegans, one by one.

“Ways to trap them? How to interrogate them properly? Expose their hypocrisy? Force-feed them meat? Make them eat steak and drink red wine?”

Ms Nelson said the response was “seriously bizarre”.

The company confirmed Mr Sitwell has stepped down as editor since the comments emerged.

In a statement, Waitrose and Partners said: “We have been informed by John Brown Media, who produce the Waitrose & Partners Food Magazine, that William Sitwell is stepping down as Editor of Waitrose & Partners Food magazine with immediate effect.

“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.”

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