Viral Chef Loses Brand Deal Following Resurfaced Tweets Spewing Hate Toward Black Women
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Viral Chef Loses Brand Deal Following Resurfaced Tweets Spewing Hate Toward Black Women

One popular chef on social media is working to do damage control after a series of old tweets resurfaced.

Chef Way, whose real name is Waymond Wesley, received backlash from several women online who claimed he harassed them via social media and came with receipts to match.

“You’re a nasty man,” wrote one Twitter user, Tayshusmama, coupled with screenshots of Chef Way’s previous tweets.

Why Are People Upset?

The posts in question are under a different username than his current one, WaymoTheGod, and include comments made about dark-skinned women, a victim of police brutality — Sandra Bland —  and women’s body types.

“You commented on one of my pics on my old account and said my dark skin made me ugly, I was in high school,” wrote another person via Twitter. “Called me all types of butterface. You said if I was light skinned, I’d look better. Now you’re a chef? That’s crazy.”

It was also mentioned that Chef Way changed his Twitter handle, without the realization that his old tweets may catch up to him.

“Absolute menace to society, didn’t even bother using a new account for your food,” Tayshusmama continued.

The Apology

Following the initial backlash, the chef issued an apology on both Twitter and Instagram.

“To those I’ve hurt with my past tweets that have resurfaced, I am deeply sorry,” he wrote. “That was a moment in my life where I was sick in more ways than one. Cooking saved me. You have watched a flawed man heal. I will continue to heal and learn. Thanks for being along for the journey.”

 

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The Consequences

Not only was the apology not received by a lot of the women that he hurt, Chef Way also lost his partnership with San Francisco-based smart kitchen company, Anova Culinary.

“We’re ending our affiliation with chef way, asap,” wrote CEO Stephen Svajian via Twitter. “Formal statement coming soon. Thanks for bringing the issue to my attention.”

Furthermore, he opened up about the brand’s core values and how they don’t align with the past tweets from Chef Way in question.

“We want to partner with individuals that reflect our own values,” said Svajian. “Chef way clearly does not represent the values that we hold dear. Thanks to those that called this out.”