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Thursday, June 11, 2020

Bon Appétit: Timeline of allegations, online drama, ‘toxic’ culture – Insider – INSIDER

On June 8, a photo of Rapoport in stereotypical Puerto Rican clothing resurfaced.

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A photo posted to Simone Shubuck’s Instagram in 2013 referred to Rapoport as “papi.”
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The photo, originally posted to Instagram by Rapoport’s wife Simone Shubuck in 2013, featured the couple posing together at a Halloween party in 2004. 

#TBT me and my papi,” Shubuck captioned the since-deleted post, tagging Rapoport and using the hashtag #boricua

Food writer Tammie Teclemariam shared a screenshot of the post — and several of its comments from other prominent members of the media — on Twitter, captioning the photo “I do not know why Adam Rapoport simply doesn’t write about Puerto Rican food for @bonappetit himself!!!” 

“This was so dead on, I was so afraid of you two that night!!!!!” Jane Larkworthy, who is the current beauty editor-at-large of The Cut, commented on the photo, according to Teclemariam’s screenshots. 

“Beyond. Did Rapo know you were gramming this!?” Bon Appétit’s current editor-at-large Christine Muhlke wrote.

“Yes that is do rag under his hat if that is what you meant,” Shubuck responded, adding winking emoji. 

Larkworthy replied to the tweet, calling her words “shameful.”

“My comment on this post, with its implication that I’m afraid of people of color — in particular, Puerto Rican people — is shameful,” she wrote. “What’s even more shameful is that I didn’t approach the people in the photograph at the time and tell them why this was racist.”

The photo sparked outrage among Bon Appétit fans and contributors alike. Several chefs and food writers affiliated with the publication denounced Rapoport on social media, calling the photo “f—– up” and a blatant “erasure” of the work of BIPOC staffers.

Contributor Priya Krishna took to Twitter to voice her reaction to the photo and to share her plans moving forward.

“As a BA contributor, I can’t stay silent on this. This is f—– up, plain and simple. It erases the work the BIPOC on staff have long been doing, behind the scenes,” she wrote in a tweet. “I plan to do everything in my power to hold the EIC, and systems that hold up actions like this, accountable.”

Bon Appétit’s research director Joseph Hernandez tweeted that he was “appalled and insulted by the EIC’s choice to embrace brownface,” noting that he was potentially “courting internal reprimand” for speaking out. 

“I’ve spent my career celebrating Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian, and POC voices in food, and this feels like an erasure of that work,” he wrote. 

Senior editor Andy Baraghani weighed in on social media as well, writing in an Instagram story he wanted to “make it very clear” that he does “not condone the photo” of Rapoport. “It is beyond inexcusable,” he said. 



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