Condé Nast launches investigation into a top executive who staff say ignored their calls to diversify Bon Appétit Test Kitchen videos

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  • Condé Nast has launched an investigation into vice president
    Matt Duckor, five sources confirmed to Business Insider.
  • He is the head of lifestyle and style programming at the
    publisher.
  • In a Business Insider investigation published on Tuesday,
    current and former staffers said that Duckor failed to include
    non-white talent in Bon Appétit’s video content. 
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Condé Nast has launched an investigation into Matt Duckor, who
is the head of lifestyle and style programming at the
publisher. 

Five Bon Appétit staffers told Business Insider that interim
editor-in-chief Amanda Shapiro shared that Duckor is under
investigation after several homophobic and racist tweets of his
have surfaced.
One tweet reads,
“tough day meeting with loads of hot Asian
women with Anna not being able to say anything about you checking
them out… yeah, rough.”


In a Business Insider investigation published on Tuesday
,
current and former staffers said that Duckor failed to include
non-white talent in Bon Appétit’s video content. 

Bon Appétit’s leadership team has been under fire since this
weekend, after a photo of former editor-in-chief Adam Rapaport
dressed in stereotypical Puerto Rican garb surfaced. 

Shapiro and Duckor did not respond to a Business Insider request
for comment. Condé Nast declined to comment on the internal
investigation. 

diversity is just a joke to
@mattduckor
and leadership at @bonappetit
and @CondeNast
Matt must step down from his leadership roles to ensure BIPOC at
the Bon Appetit Test Kitchen are paid for their work and so real
diversity can happen at Condé. https://t.co/PmxBemNsgu pic.twitter.com/MEPCECzWhh

— noah (@noahadamz)
June 9, 2020

 

Duckor, who is a vice president at Condé Nast, heads video for
Bon Appétit, along with Condé Nast brands Architectural Digest
and Vogue. Video has become a cash cow for the struggling media
company in recent years.

Current Bon Appétit contributor
Priya Krishna and Ryan Walker-Hartshorn, who is the assistant to
the editor-in-chief, said they had repeatedly expressed concerns to
key leadership, including Rapoport and Duckor, about the lack of
diversity on the masthead, in the magazine, and on video.

“My concerns were acknowledged, but
I witnessed little to no action on this,” Krishna said in an email
to Business Insider. “Most big decision-making meetings continue to
be dominated by white staff.”

A representative from Condé Nast
said the company was “listening and are taking seriously the
concerns raised by our Bon Appétit team members.” To that effect,
the representative said the company was “accelerating” its
Diversity and Inclusion report, to publish this summer, and a
pay-equity analysis, to publish at the end of 2020.

The joint staffs of Bon Appétit and
Epicurious released a
statement apologizing for the brands’ “toxic, top-down
culture.”
The statement said people of color would be
“prioritized” for the next editor-in-chief, that anti-racism
training would be implemented, and that it would address pay
inequities.

A petition with more than 5,000
signatures from Bon Appétit readers
is calling for Duckor’s resignation
.

bon appetit team

Alyse Whitney, who was an associate
editor from 2016 to 2019, told Business Insider that Duckor
repeatedly dismissed her when she offered her skills as on-camera
video talent. Whitney had experience hosting food videos for the
Food Network and the Cooking Channel.

She described an incident in 2018 in
which she pitched and produced
a project
featuring Ina Garten as a guest editor. Whitney

had cooked with Garten
, the Food Network star, for the package,
and wrote around 10 pieces of content for it.

“I emailed him and other video staff
on an email chain submitting myself for the video and then added
that the Test Kitchen video talent lacked diversity,” Whitney told
Business Insider. “He ignored the diversity comment and replied,
‘Carla will do it. Thanks.'”

The video team led by Duckor instead
had Carla Lalli-Music, then the brand’s food director, cook

with Garten for the Test Kitchen video
.

Whitney later pushed back on
Duckor’s choice, explaining that her on-camera experience made her
a good choice and that the Test Kitchen lacked diversity. Whitney
is Korean-American. Duckor allegedly responded, “Well, we have
Priya,” referring to Krishna, the Indian-American contributor at
Bon Appétit. 

That attitude continues, according to contributor Rick
Martinez. 

On Wednesday, Duckor called Martinez, according to Martinez’s
Instagram Story, and confirmed later to Business Insider. Duckor
apologized to Martinez for his racist and homophobic comments. 

“I asked him if, in the future, his children used that language,
what he would do?” Martinez wrote on Instagram. “The first thing he
said was ‘be supportive like my parents have been to me.’ WRONG
ANSWER.”

He added, “You teach them that it is WRONG AND HURTFUL and that
you NEVER USE THOSE WORDS.”

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SEE ALSO: Bon
Appétit’s editor in chief just resigned — but staffers of color
say there’s a ‘toxic’ culture of microaggressions and exclusion
that runs far deeper than one man


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