Rolling Stone co-founder Jann Wenner apologises after backlash to remarks on Black and female musicians 

Jann Wenner.

Jann Wenner apologised for his comments made during an interview (Picture: Shutterstock)

Co-founder of Rolling Stone magazine Jann Wenner issued an apology after he faced backlash for comments about Black and female musicians. 

The 77-year-old magazine mogul caused controversy after he said Black and female musicians were not ‘articulate’ enough to be included in his upcoming book The Masters. 

Ahead of his public apology, Jann was removed from his position on the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation’s board of directors.

His sorry words were prompted by a comment he made during an interview with The New York Times, with whom he was chatting to promote his new book, which was published online on Friday.  

When outlining the contents of the novel, he revealed that he chose to exclude interviews with Black and female musicians because he felt they weren’t ‘articulate’ enough. 

A day later, on Saturday, Jann publicly apologised and said he was ‘wholeheartedly’ sorry for the comments he had made. 

The magazine mogul co-founded the publication (Picture: Shutterstock)

He left out interviews with female and Black artists in his new book (Picture: AP)

He said in a statement given to The Hollywood Reporter: ‘In my interview with The New York Times, I made comments that diminished the contributions, genius, and impact of Black and women artists and I apologize wholeheartedly for those remarks. 

‘The Masters is a collection of interviews I’ve done over the years that seemed to me to best represent an idea of rock ‘n’ roll’s impact on my world; they were not meant to represent the whole of music and its diverse and important originators but to reflect the high points of my career and interviews I felt illustrated the breadth and experience in that career. 

‘They don’t reflect my appreciation and admiration for myriad totemic, world-changing artists whose music and ideas I revere and will celebrate and promote as long as I live. 

‘I totally understand the inflammatory nature of badly chosen words and deeply apologize and accept the consequences.’ 

He issued an apology on Saturday (Picture: Getty Images)

Jann released a collection of interviews with famous musicians (Picture: EPA)

According to the publication, the businessman’s book features chats with Pete Townshend,  Bono, Bob Dylan, Jerry Garcia, Mick Jagger, John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen. 

He explained to The Times how he decided who to include in the writings: ‘When I was referring to the zeitgeist, I was referring to Black performers, not to the female performers, OK? Just to get that accurate. 

‘The selection was not a deliberate selection. It was kind of intuitive over the years; it just fell together that way. 

‘The people had to meet a couple criteria, but it was just kind of my personal interest and love of them. 

‘Insofar as the women, just none of them were as articulate enough on this intellectual level.’

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Source:: Metro


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