One of the largest food-centered channels on Youtube, Bon Appétit, has seen several of its BIPOC hosts leave due to racial discrimination and lack of compensation, something the channel has struggled to reckon with. Contributors Priya Krishna, Rick Martinez, and Sohla El-Waylly announced their departures on social media.
Things fell apart for the channel when a photo surfaced of the food magazine’s former Editor in Chief in brown face, and other executives of Condé Nast were then accused of discriminatory practices. Soon, the image of Bon Appétit’s squeaky clean test kitchen began to unravel as viewers called out the channel’s treatment of its largely white cast of hosts versus those who are BIPOC.
Host Priya Krishna tweeted about her experience with the company and why she ultimately decided to leave.
I'm leaving Bon Appétit video. Here's what's been happening over the last few months, and some thoughts. pic.twitter.com/L59blcESLv
— Priya Krishna (@priyakrishna) August 6, 2020
“…I refuse to be part of a system that takes advantage of me, while insisteing I should be grateful for scraps. This happens for too often, to too many people of color, many of which do not have the privilege to walk away…”- Priya Krishna.
“As a Mexican-American, a BIPOC or member of any marginalized group, we encounter this all the time…” – Rick Martinez
Bon Appétit has yet to make a comment public regarding the hosts’ departures.
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