Reinstate William Sitwell as editor of Waitrose food magazine

Reinstate William Sitwell as editor of Waitrose food magazine

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Jason Bourne started this petition to Graeme Buck (Waitrose Head of Communications)

William Sitwell has been forced to resign as editor of Waitrose's food magazine after responding to a pitch from vegan freelance writer with a joke: “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?”

The freelance writer, Selene Nelson, called for the sacking of Sitwell. This was not just a joke, she insisted. It raised questions "about why it's accepted or considered funny to talk to vegans with hostility and anger."

And yet the fact remains that Sitwell was joking and he has been sacked for doing so. Nelson and her supporters didn't find it funny. They chose to be offended and demanded that the joker be punished (and this from a community of activists who routinely accuse farmers of being murderers - a true demonstration of "hostility and anger" that has yet to lose anyone their job.)

Vegans have a legitimate point of view. But that point of view - and the people who hold it - is not in need of protection. Vegans are not an ethnic minority. They are not a racial group. They are not a threatened gender class.  They are people who prefer to eat vegetables and we should have the right to support them, argue with them, mock them and laugh at them without fear of punishment.

Waitrose should reinstate Sitwell immediately and apologise for capitulating to a militant, po-faced and perpetually offended pitchfork mob.

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