American food and entertainment magazine Bon Appétit is facing harsh criticism for its treatment and compensation of its POC workers following a reveal by staff member Sohla El-Waylly of her pay compared to her white counterparts.
For her over 15-year experience in the culinary field, she only made $50,000 as an “assistant editor” to editors “with significantly less experience” during her 10 months at the company, as reported by E News.
This comes after Sohla called for the resignation of Editor in Chief of Bon Appétit Adam Rapoport, whose Halloween photo depicted brown face was unearthed and has since been taken down from his Instagram. The photo showed the former editor and chief and his wife, Simone Shubuck, in stereotypical Puerto Rican attire.
“This is just a system of the systematic racism that runs rampant within CondeNast as a whole,” El-Waylly wrote in an Instagram story. She demanded that BIPOC be given fair titles, salaries, and compensation for video appearances.
Brooklyn-based Somali cook Hawa Hassan said she had not worked with the company since last October, posting on Instagram that she made only $400 per video appearance. El-Waylly said she has also been featured in videos as a show of diversity. The company is wildly known for its food videos on YouTube, gaining over six million subscribers.
Other people of color within Bon Appétit have voiced mistreatment and tokenization from the company, accusing it of fostering an environment of racism. Publisher Condé Nast has denied these accusations.
The company had tweeted reaffirming their commitment to diversity, without specifically addressing the person and allegations they had brought forth.
“The way writers/chefs of color have been taken advantage of is as gross as it is obvious,” he wrote. “Glaring tokenization aside, there’s been an appalling inability to address the failure to meaningfully include and support Black voices.”
Contributor Priya Krishna called for accountability from Bon Appétit.
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