William Sitwell has resigned from his role as Editor of Waitrose Food magazine after he joked about killing vegans and forcing them to eat meat to expose their hypocrisy.
When Sitwell was contacted by vegan writer Selene Nelson to pitch an idea about a new vegan section in the Waitrose magazine, the Editor replied: “How about a series on killing vegans, one by one. Ways to trap them? How to interrogate them properly?”
Sitwell resigned after BuzzFeed published the email, with Waitrose releasing a statement saying: “In the light of William’s recent email remarks, we’ve told John Brown Media that we believe this (his resignation) 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.”
However, Guardian columnist Marina Hyde intervened stating how ridiculous his resignation is: “People being forced to resign for bad email jokes is pathetic. Grow up, 2018”.
He sounds like a twat, but people being forced to resign for bad email jokes is pathetic. Grow up, 2018 (and all the other years we’ve been doing this) https://t.co/9ORIa6rYKf
— Marina Hyde (@MarinaHyde) October 31, 2018
Another journalist chipped in too, saying: “Yeah. Weird and unpleasant, and worth a bollocking, sure, but quite clearly a joke and not an actual death threat.”
Yeah. Weird and unpleasant, and worth a bollocking, sure, but quite clearly a joke and not an actual death threat.
— Chris Schilling (@schillingc) October 31, 2018
Nelson, the writer who originally contacted Sitwell told BuzzFeed: “He’s the editor. He’s representing Waitrose and he’s talking about ‘killing vegans, one by one’?”
Clearly this email was a joke, the fact he has resigned for this ‘thought-crime’ is ridiculous.