"If we can’t laugh at vegans, who the hell ARE we allowed to laugh at?"
Responding to a vegan journalist pitching a "plant-based meal series," the editor of Waitrose Food Magazine offered an alternative - including killing vegans and force-feeding them meat - that soon after led to his resignation, the magazine announced Wednesday.
William Sitwell, who has worked with the British supermarket chain Waitrose's food and recipe publication for nearly 20 years, replied to Selene Nelson's suggestion for an article on vegan food via email last week.
"Hi Selene. Thanks for this. How about a series on killing vegans, one by one," he wrote. "Ways to trap them? How to interrogate them properly? Expose their hypocrisy? Force-feed them meat? Make them eat steak and drink red wine?"
While Sitwell's remarks looked to be tongue-in-cheek, Nelson, a Huffington Post contributor who has been vegan for just over a year, was not amused. Calling his response "hostile," she told BuzzFeed News she'd "
"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," she said.
She added that "
Hello @waitrose, I'd just like to say that you won't be seeing a penny of mine until you take action against & preferably terminate the employment of your magazine editor, Mr. Sitwell. Surely you do not wish your name to be associated with someone who has such violent thoughts? pic.twitter.com/L6WVH4CSBU— Rebecca Ⓥ (@Beccaasauruss) October 30, 2018
This is getting absurd now. Sitwell made a joke. A JOKE. A FUCKING JOKE. If we can’t laugh at vegans, who the hell ARE we allowed to laugh at? We have GOT to stop these ridiculous and sinister witch hunts by the offendotrons with nothing better to do. https://t.co/HlNYOFlweh— Julia Hartley-Brewer (@JuliaHB1) October 31, 2018