Comedians threaten boycott of New Yorker Fest over invite to Steve Bannon; magazine rescinds invite

And how was your Labor Day?

The New Yorker Fest announced its star-studded list of attendees for one-on-one talks Oct. 5-7, 2018, and one name stopped several of the stars from attending. Steve Bannon, the co-founder of Cambridge Analytica, the data-mining firm that helped Donald Trump win the White House while also deceiving Facebook (and worse). Bannon, the guy who proclaimed himself kingmaker of Trump and also helped spread white nationalism. That guy.

Liberals love to think that ideas and debate and tolerance will allow the best of us to win out, but not everyone thinks like that, nor are all of us playing the same “game,” so winning means something completely different to them. Good and evil are not merely hats or character traits; in the real world, allowing evil a seat at the dinner table has devastating consequences.

Bannon was going to get a major platform to spread his malignant messages once more, and some would argue, even succeeded just by getting an invite to the intelligentsia party of the year.

But within hours, even minutes late Monday, the comedians announced to participate in this year’s New Yorker Fest went to Twitter to say they were out if Bannon stayed in.

John Mulaney, scheduled to talk with Susan Morrison:

Judd Apatow, on a panel with Christopher Guest and Loudon Wainwright III:

Jim Carrey

Patton Oswalt

Bo Burnham

Bridget Everett

Mike Birbiglia

The New Yorker‘s editor, David Remnick, rescinded the offer to Bannon, and posted this memo/essay in response to the backlash and boycotts

Jimmy Fallon posted his protest 2 minutes later

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