For many, a video of something you’ve made viral can become a real boon and get more people to discover what you do. But as one TikTok chef noted, it also prompted several people to resurface years of tweets and comments, many of which contained insults against black women.
In a video that has been viewed more than 2.1 million times on Twitter, Waymond Wesley, a Houston-based chef who describes himself as “passionate about food science, modern technology and home cooking,” filmed himself making oxtail pasta. The video originated on TikTok, where he posts under the Handle Chefway, but it really popped up on Twitter.
However, it wasn’t just the content of the video, which featured Wesley’s fast-paced narration and focus on the food that might make some viewers jealous of a plate of pasta, that led to it catching people’s attention. It was Wesley himself who became the topic of conversation after several people resurfaced tweets he made around 2015 and 2016 in which he made derogatory comments against black women (particularly black black women). Wesley has a different username in the screenshot tweets but he is answered to several people who called him and said he “accepted the responsibility.”
According to a screenshot, in a tweet that was manually retweeted in July 2015, Wesley (who tweeted as @WaymoTheGod) suggested that “if black lives mattered to Sandra Bland, she wouldn’t have taken her own life.” In another, he commented on a photo in response to a black black woman posing in a photo with another woman saying “smh the dark one messed the pic” in response to a photo, and then one of his followers replied by he cut her out of the photo. In another old tweetWesley posted a photo of a fair-skinned woman and used it to boldly shame and insult anyone with a darker skin tone.
“That’s the perfect size for a woman and a perfect skin tone,” he wrote. “She’s healthy. Anything bigger/darker is trash.”
Another old tweet described one dark-skinned black woman as “too black”, while another compared two different hairstyles (one with straight hair, the other a black woman with long waves) as “true beauty vs. weaving and lying”.
When people posted those old tweets berating Wesley for misogyny and colorism, they realized how damaging Wesley’s comments were and how much they were bothered. Others called him out tries to rename itself.
“You commented on one of my pictures on my old account and said my dark skin makes me ugly, I was in high school.” @IamHogoe tweeted. “Called me all kinds of Butterface. You said if I were fair skinned I’d look better. Now are you a chef? That’s crazy.”
While addressing some of the commenters in replies, Wesley eventually released a larger apology on Twitter. He credited cooking for saving him, calling this time making those comments “a moment in my life when I was sick in more ways than one.”
“For those I have hurt with my past tweets that have resurfaced, I am deeply sorry,” he wrote. “That was a moment in my life when I was sick in more ways than one. Cooking saved me. You saw a flawed man healed. I will continue to heal and learn. Thank you for being with us on the journey.”
For some Wesley’s apologies didn’t cut it, and they pointed out the very different ways he handled the controversy. He apologized on Twitter, where the comments went viral, but it’s a platform where he has a smaller audience at 2,664 followers. But on TikTok, where his follower count is over 251,000 followers, he would not address the controversial tweets for about another 17 hours.
Comments and stitching features were added disabled people on Wesley’s TikTok videos. So was he accused Blocking people trying to bring attention to his old comments on TikTok. One person said he was Behind a video is removed but it has been since restored.
An identical apology eventually appeared on TikTok, which offered no additional context to Wesley’s followers in case they weren’t following what happened on Twitter.
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Wesley declined to comment on that story, citing his January 8th expression.
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*Initial publication: January 9, 2023 5:02 pm CST
Michelle Jaworski is a staff writer and television/film critic at the Daily Dot. Covering entertainment, geek culture and pop culture, she has covered everything from the Sundance Film Festival, NYFF and Tribeca to New York Comic Con and Con of Thrones. She lives in Brooklyn.
https://www.dailydot.com/unclick/tiktok-chefway-oxtail-pasta-old-comments/ A chef on TikTok is called out over previous comments insulting black women after a viral pasta video