New Sporkful podcast up now takes you inside the turmoil at Bon Appétit. 6 people who spoke to us asked not to be named for fear of retaliation. pic.twitter.com/Dp3DKdlXvb— Dan Pashman (@TheSporkful) August 3, 2020
After their initial report on the Reckoning at Bon Appétit, The Sporkful released a new episode following up on what's been happening behind the scenes at BA and Condé Nast. I listened to the episode and picked a few choice quotes.
They reached out to 17 members of BA staff for comments. Only 6 people talked but requested not to be named "for fear of retaliation or because of ongoing negotiations with the company. No one agreed to be interviewed on tape."
Multiple people at BA have told The Sporkful that "they see this as part of a larger effort to intimidate them". This is following Matt Hunziker's suspension after he posted tweets that were critical of CN. If you missed this news, here's a tweet for context:
NEW: Condé Nast has suspended the Bon Appétit video editor behind It's Alive by Brad Leone.— Rachel Premack (@rrpre) June 25, 2020
Condé says there were "many concerns" internally about Matt Hunziker. Employees claim Hunziker's social media posts criticizing Condé likely got him suspended. https://t.co/epM9yg4eLa
Several people at BA view Hunzi's suspension as "retribution" for his tweets. The hashtag #standwithhunzi was created after the news broke, with many staffers posting messages of support for him on social media. A mandatory staff meeting was called later that evening with Anna Wintour in attendance. "Multiple sources confirmed that in this meeting people were called out by name for supporting Matt Hunziker on social media and told to take down their posts." Some people have left their posts up, including Priya Krishna and Carla Lalli Music.
BA video editor Matt Hunziker was suspended by Condé, for calling out systemic racism...while the company says it supports people speaking openly. got it.— Priya Krishna (@priyakrishna) June 25, 2020
CN has recently hired Agnes Chu as their new President of Condé Nast Entertainment. She was previously the Senior VP of Disney+.
You can listen to the full episode for more information and discussion here: Source 1
What are your thoughts ONTD? I reckon CN is going to recast the TK after the originals leave and hope no one will remember this in a year's time. Instead of, y'know, actually giving a shit about their POC employees.