Like many, I turn to food TV for escape. Lately, however, the food world has been less a distraction from society’s ills than a prime example of them.
The controversy that’s engulfed Condé Nast brand Bon Appétit and its massively popular YouTube channel is complex and best outlined by reporters like Business Insider’s Rachel Premack. To put it mildly, the ongoing national conversation about race and racism has spilled over into what was once marketed as an inclusive yet aspirational workplace. A soothing guide to sticky buns is now a stark reminder that many nonwhite staffers have never been compensated for their video work. Even if you wanted to keep visiting the test kitchen, many stars have committed to not appearing on camera until existing inequities are fixed and future ones are avoided.
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