Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Rolling Stone Disowns Founder, Buries Apology for Jann Wenner’s Statements About Female, Black Artists on Twitter X


Rolling Stone has disowned founder Jann Wenner.

They buried a statement around 1pm today on Twitter X. It’s barely there, it’s not on other social media or on the website.

It’s a sad end to Wenner’s 50 years in publishing. The new RS says:

“Jann Wenner’s recent statements to the New York Times do not represent the values and practices of today’s Rolling Stone. Jann Wenner has not been directly involved in our operations since 2019. Our purpose, especially since his departure, has been to tell stories that reflect the diversity of voices and experiences that shape our world. At Rolling Stone’s core is the understanding that music above all can bring us together, not divide us.”

Wenner’s comments in the New York Times that Black and female artists weren’t worthy of inclusion in his book, “The Masters,” set off a fire storm. Five decades of racism and misogyny just burst out of his mouth. He tried to apologize but no one bought it. Now the magazine he founded– edited by his son — has to distance it self from him.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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