Waitrose Food magazine editor and Masterchef critic William Sitwell RESIGNS over his remarks about making 'a series on killing vegans' and force-feeding them meat

William Sitwell 


The editor of Waitrose Food magazine William Sitwell is resigning over comments he made about a 'killing vegans' feature.
Food and travel writer Selene Nelson, who has been vegan for just over a year, emailed Sitwell asking if it would be possible for her to write a regular series for the supermarket's publication on vegan cooking.
In response he instead suggested she start a series on "killing vegans, one by one".
His response has been branded "hostile" by many social media users, after Nelson posted a screenshot on Twitter.
Selene Nelson
The email reads: "Hi Selene. Thanks for this.
"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?"
A statement on the Waitrose website 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."
Nelson, who has previously written for HuffPost and Town & Country told Buzzfeed News she was shocked by Sitwell's attitude towards vegans.
She said: "I've never seen anything like it. I've written about many divisive topics, like capital punishment and murder cases and domestic violence, and I've never had a response like that to any of my articles or pitches.
"And he's the editor. He’s representing Waitrose and he’s talking about 'killing vegans, one by one'?"
She added: "I wasn’t telling him to go vegan, or not eat meat, or that it’s bad to — I was just suggesting including some more plant-based recipes in the magazine."
When the email came to light, Sitwell issued a statement which read: "I love and respect people of all appetites be they vegan, vegetarian or meat eaters, which I show week in week out through my writing, editing and broadcasting.
"I apologise profusely to anyone who has been offended or upset by this."
Waitrose Food magazine editor and Masterchef critic William Sitwell RESIGNS over his remarks about making 'a series on killing vegans' and force-feeding them meat Waitrose Food magazine editor and Masterchef critic William Sitwell RESIGNS over his remarks about making 'a series on killing vegans' and force-feeding them meat Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 05:54 Rating: 5

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