Rolling Stone has issued a statement in response to the racist and sexist comments co-founder Jann Wenner made in an interview published by The New York Times on September 15.
Wenner spoke with The New York Times to promote his new book, The Masters. The book is a collection of interviews Wenner conducted with seven rock subjects. All seven subjects were white men.
When pressed on why he didn’t highlight any Black people or any women, Wenner said, in part, “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.”
Wenner went on to namecheck the likes of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield. However, he stuck to his “articulate” reasoning even with these beloved and respected music icons.
Three days after The New York Times interview was published, Rolling Stone issued the statement below. The publication makes sure to distance itself from both Wenner’s comments and Wenner, himself.
“Jann Wenner’s recent statements to the ‘New York Times’ do not represent the values and practice 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.”
Our statement on Jann Wenner's recent comments. pic.twitter.com/dL7lMSTP3k— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) September 18, 2023