Three Bon Appétit Stars Quit Videos After Failed Negotiations

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Three of Bon Appétit’s Test Kitchen stars, all people of color, will no longer appear in Test Kitchen videos following failed contract negotiations, weeks after Condé Nast executives resigned in the wake of racial discrimination allegations in June and the company pledged to do better, but Test Kitchen stars say it wasn’t enough. 

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Contributing writer Priya Krishna, contributing food editor Rick Martinez and assistant food editor Sohla El-Waylly made their announcements in their respective Instagram Stories. 

Martinez and Krishna both noted that their decisions stemmed from the contract negotiation process and racial discrimination.

Bon Appétit’s on-camera talent has refused to host videos since early June when people of color said they were paid less than their white counterparts.

A representative from Condé Nast denied that people of color in Bon Appétit’s videos were paid less than their white counterparts in an emailed statement to Business Insider.

In June, Bon Appétit’s editor-in-chief Adam Rapaport and Condé Nast’s head of lifestyle video programming both left the company following allegations of racial discrimination. 

Martinez is cutting ties with the company altogether, El-Waylly will stay in her role writing recipes and other content and Krishna will freelance for the publication.

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The Black Lives Matter movement has led to changes in the media world. Staff members have questioned the leadership at the New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Wall Street Journal, Essence, Condé Nast and Vice-owned Refinery29. In recent weeks, top editors have stepped down following criticism, including New York Times’s James Bennet after a controversial op-ed by Senator Tom Cotton, The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Stan Wischnowski after apologizing for the headline “Buildings Matter, Too,” Refinery29’s Christene Barberich after staff members shared their experiences on Twitter and Bon Appetit’s Adam Rapoport after a photo surfaced of him in brownface.

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Racial and ethnic minorities accounted for less than 17% of newsroom staff and print and online publications and only 13% of newspaper leadership in 2018, Census Bureau data found. That year, racial and ethnic minorities made up almost 40% of the U.S. population.

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