The former Waitrose Food magazine editor who resigned from the position after sparking controversy with comments about “killing vegans” claimed he has had online threats targeting his young son.
Last month it was revealed that William Sitwell had stepped down from his editorial position after 20 years following remarks he made about vegans in an email to food and travel writer Selene Nelson.
After Nelson pitched a series of vegan recipes to Sitwell for the magazine, he responded by writing: “How about a series on killing vegans, one by one.”
Following the backlash to Sitwell’s comments, he says he’s received a barrage of menacing messages about his family, with some people stating they want to “fatten up, kill and roast” his two-month-old son Walter.
“I get the most astonishing, revolting and obscene vitriol,” he told The Times.
“Some people think it’s justified. I don’t take it seriously but people mean it seriously.
“I know from the ferocity and also from the scale of it.”
After the leak of Nelson and Sitwell’s correspondence to BuzzFeed News, the pair met up to discuss the online criticism that they’ve both received.
The former editor explained that they both regularly receive online abuse, although he acknowledged that the critical messages Nelson received are “worse”.
“Why should she have to get that sort of abuse?” he said.
“One reads about politicians getting this sort of thing and I think people need to think a lot before they send strangers abusive messages.”
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