Self-described “Black Gay Music Critic” Craig Seymour accused Rolling Stone, which Wenner sold in 2020, of being a an important part of “an oppressive system of value that Rolling Stone helped create and perpetuate.”
Nothing in this interview surprises me. That does not make it any less enraging, disgusting, offensive, etc. This kind of thing was, in part, fuel for OPAL & NEV. https://t.co/HijelfBZez— dawniewalton (@dawniewalton) September 15, 2023
According to a 2019 article from Billboard, only 7.7 percent of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s inductees up that point had been women, as were only 4.17 percent of the 2020 nominees. Wenner and his publisher, Little, Brown and Company, attempted damage control quickly, issuing a statement Saturday evening. “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 statement said, according to the Times. “‘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,” Wenner explained in the statement. “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 added. [firefly_poll] That apology was apparently too little, too late — or both — for the other members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation board, which also issued a statement Saturday, albeit a significantly shorter one than Wenner’s. “Jann Wenner has been removed from the board of directors of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation,” the statement said, according to the Times. Little, Brown and Company did not respond to a request for further comment from NBC News. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
Since the advent of Rolling Stone, the entire commercial popular music industry has taken it seriously. This isn’t about individual tastes in music and reading. It’s about an oppressive system of value that Rolling Stone helped create and perpetuate. https://t.co/I5yP6Hfa93— Craig Seymour, Black Gay Music Critic (@craigspoplife) September 17, 2023