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Bon Appétit Editor Adam Rapoport Resigns Over Brownface Scandal

Bon Appétit editor Adam Rapoport is leaving the publication in a scandal. The editor is facing pressure from readers and people of color after a photo of him in brownface to be Puerto Rican for Halloween resurfaced.

An old social media post is haunting Bon Appétit editor Adam Rapoport.

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Rapoport was part of what appears to be a couples costume of a Puerto Rican couple. The editor wore makeup to make his skin darker in the photo that has been circulating on social media. The addition of the pencil-thin goatee and necklace are attempting to highlight a stereotypical dress in the Puerto Rican community.

After the photo went viral, editors from Bon Appétit’s test kitchen came out against Rapoport’s behavior.

According to various people at Bon Appétit, creators of color were making significantly less than their white counterparts. Sohla El-Waylly is one of the editors who appears in the Bon Appétit Test Kitchen YouTube videos and claims that only white editors were paid for those videos.

“I’ve been pushed in front of video as a display of diversity,” she wrote in her Instagram stories. “None of the people of color were compensated.”

El-Waylly, one of the most beloved Test Kitchen personalities, is also being paid a very small salary, everything considered.

New York City is notorious for being an expensive city to live in. According to Glassdoor, the average base-pay salary for an assistant video editor in New York City is more than $59,000. Fans are angered to know that El-Waylly was paid so little considering all of the work she did for Bon Appétit.

Since El-Waylly came forward with her accusations, others have followed suit.

Editors and readers of the magazine launched a social media campaign to highlight the racial disparities in Bon Appétit. There are accusations that some creators of color were paid $400 per video while white counterparts made considerably more money.

In the case of El-Waylly, the assistant editor was often on camera on her own as well as guiding less experienced white colleagues through their videos. Readers of the magazine are demanding fair compensation for El-Waylly and editors are demanding fair titles for their work.

Rapoport posted an apology on Instagram.

In the apology, Rapoport acknowledged his blind spots in hiring and paying the creators of color. However, people are not feeling pity for the editor. Comments on the post are calling on Bon Appétit to take Rapoport’s salary and use it to pay the creators of color.

Rapoport also apologized for the brownface costume acknowledging that he has not been fighting for an inclusive environment. The power of social media is being hailed as the driving force for Paraport’s resignation from the magazine within hours of extreme pressure from editors and readers.

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Ben Affleck Gets Candid About the ‘Racist, Sexist’ Attacks JLo Faced When They Were Together

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Ben Affleck Gets Candid About the ‘Racist, Sexist’ Attacks JLo Faced When They Were Together

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Ben Affleck is opening up about the early 2000s when he and Jennifer Lopez were Hollywood’s It Couple. The duo–formerly known by the moniker “Bennifer”–captivated the world with their glamourous and somewhat surprising courtship.

But the relationship eventually unraveled under the intense pressure of public scrutiny.

In a recent podcast appearance, Affleck revealed just how terrible and racially-charged the criticism on their relationship was.

“People were so f–king mean about her,” he said on The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast. “Sexist, racist, ugly, vicious s–t was written about her in ways that if you wrote it now, you would literally be fired for saying those things you said.”

“At first At first it was like Dick and Liz [Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor], it was this sort of infatuation: ‘What an interesting couple‘. And then there was a ton of resentment. A ton of resentment against me, a ton of resentment against Jennifer.”

He went on to explain that what was so fascinating about the relationship to the general public–namely, how they had such vastly different backgrounds–wasn’t something he thought twice about.

Affleck went on to sing JLo’s praises, saying that she deserves all of the praise and adulation she now receives.

“Now it’s like, she’s lionized and respected for the work she did, where she came from, what she accomplished–as well she f**king should be!” he said.

“She was very much like the kind of girl I went to high school with,” he explained. “It was a very socioeconomically mixed, ethnically mixed place–those kinds of differences that just seem to shock America were meaningless to me.”

“I would say you have a better shot, coming from the Bronx, of ending up as like [Justice Sonia] Sotomayor on the Supreme Court than you do of having Jennifer Lopez’s career and being who she is at 50 years old today…just on a pure odds level.”

He concluded: “I never met anyone who worked harder than Jennifer Lopez.” On that, we can definitely agree.

Jennifer Lopez has also been candid about how traumatic the public response was back then to her relationship with Ben Affleck.

“I was eviscerated,” she told Vanity Fair in 2017 about the media coverage of her and Ben’s relationship we well as their much-maligned film, “Gigli”. “I lost my sense of self, questioned if I belonged in this business, thought maybe I did suck at everything. And my relationship [with Affleck] self-destructed in front of the entire world. It was a two-year thing for me until I picked myself up again.”

But now, it appears they’re both in happier places. Ben Affleck has two children with his ex-wife, Jennifer Garner and JLo is happily engaged to Alex Rodriguez.

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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An unnamed UPS delivery driver has been fired after being caught using racist language when delivering a package to a Latino household. The incident occurred on December 17th.

The video, which was caught on a doorbell camera’s security footage, shows a white UPS driver appearing to be angry when delivering a package.

“Now you don’t get f—–g nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—–g English language,” he says while writing a “failed to deliver” notice and pasting it on the house’s front door.

The Aviles family says that the footage shows that the UPS worker never even attempted to deliver the package in the first place. He never rang the doorbell or knocked on the door. Based on that, the family has come to the conclusion that the driver intentionally withheld the package from the family out of prejudice and spite

They believe that the only way the driver could’ve known that the family was Latino was by making assumptions based off the name on the package.

“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin at a press conference addressing the incident.

“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin continued.

Per UPS, the employee has now been fired. “There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” UPS said in a statement. They also said they contacted the family to apologize.

But the Aviles family is still rattled that such bigoted people are out and about, letting their petty prejudices effect other people’s lives.

“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an epipen or a book I needed to take a final,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the man who lives at the address, told NBC News. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”

Aviles seemed disturbed about what this incident says about human nature. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”

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