Priya Krishna on CBS. Photo courtesy of @priyakrishna on Twitter
Food writer and former Greenhill student Priya Krishna announced that she will no longer participate in Bon Appétit’s popular YouTube channel due to unequal pay.
Krishna, Sohla El-Waylly and Rick Martinez all left the channel after they and many other contributors sparked a public battle against the magazine’s racial insensitivities.
The day after Krishna announced her leave, white journalist Molly Baz said she would also not be returning to Bon Appétit‘s YouTube channel.
“I am thankful for the platform Bon Appétit video gave me. But I refuse to be part of a system that takes advantage of me, while insisting I should be grateful for scraps,” Krishna wrote in a Twitter post last week.
In the post, Krishna cited a 2019 instance where Bon Appétit paid her $300 per video when some of her colleagues were making much more. On the other end, some colleagues did not receive any compensation for videos.
“Throughout my time filming in the test kitchen, I voiced numerous complaints––about how non-white members of the test kitchen were tokenized, carelessly framed as monolithic experts for their communities, used as props for white talent and not given equal opportunities to be featured” Krishna said. “Most of these were brushed under the rug or actively ignored.”
These testimonies come only a few months after Bon Appétit‘s Editor in Chief Adam Rapoport resigned after photos surfaced of him in “brown face” for a Halloween costume. Vice President of Conde Nast Matt Duckor also resigned after allegations of racist and homophobic tweets, Business Insider reported.
Krishna and others demanded for guidelines for diversity and stronger pay efforts.
Bon Appétit claimed that it made these changes in a statement: “Over the last several weeks, the video team has worked individually with each Test Kitchen contributor to address all concerns and communicate equitable compensation structures, including standardized rate cards, in many ways exceeding SAG/AFTRA standards, for freelance and editorial staff who contribute to video.”
Krishna called this “lip service” and that her pay is “nowhere equitable,” the Dallas Morning News reported.
Krishna is the book author of “Indian-ish” and a regular contributor to The New York Times. Below is one of her videos featured in NYT Cooking: