Rolling Stone magazine condemns Jann Wenner’s comments

Rolling Stone magazine has officially condemned comments from co-founder Jann Wenner that seemed insulting. Black and female musicians.

In an interview published last week by the New York Times to promote his new book, “The Masters” Wenner said he only included interviews with white musicians, such as Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen and Bono, because he didn’t think women or black musicians fit. to his definition of “a rock’n’roll philosopher.

These comments led to Wenner’s removal from the board of directors of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, which he co-founded.

On Monday, Rolling Stone released a statement on Twitter, formerly known as X, criticizing Wenner’s comments in an effort to separate the magazine from the man who co-founded it with music critic Ralph J. Gleason in 1967 Wenner left the magazine in 2019.

“Jann Wenner’s recent statements to New York Times do not represent today’s values ​​and practices rolling stone“, the publication said in its tweet, adding that “Jann Wenner has not been directly involved in our operations since 2019.”

Additionally, the release said the magazine’s goal since Wenner left four years ago “has been to tell stories that reflect the diversity of voices and experiences that shape our world.”

The statement attempted to separate Wenner from the publication, but did not mention that his son, Gus Wenner, was the CEO.

A Rolling Stone article about Wenner’s removal from the Rock Hall Foundation stated at the bottom that “Gus Wenner is CEO of the magazine” and that Jann Wenner remains editorial director of Wenner Media, including PMC, Rolling Stone’s parent company. , holds a majority stake.


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