Leave it to Black women to restore order and make sense of the senseless. Over the weekend, Black Twitter discovered that the man that calls himself Chef Way, has a disgusting history of misogynistic tweets, rife with colorism, sexism and ultimately, what can only be described as self-hate. Dug up old tweets from an old account revealed a reality that forced a Chef Way apology, but only after coming face to face with retweets, shares and comments on videos new and old, reminding him of the past hate and bigotry he was connected with.
For those who are unfamiliar with the situation, Chef Way, born, Waymond D. Wesley II, is a popular influencer on TikTok with hundreds of cooking videos. According to his bio, he is a “lawyer by day”, which makes his past all the more ugly to come to grips with. Last checked, he works in Dallas in the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. He has over 250k followers on TikTok, 40k+ followers on Instagram and just 3,000 or so on Twitter, but that’s after word has gotten out about his past.
While it’s likely that there were many calling him out over the years, it wasn’t until this weekend when a video he posted a viral video of an oxtail pasta, that his past spilled over.
The post hasn’t been removed and there are still many comments on the video. Many began quoting the tweet reminding him of his past and wanting to know if it was true. The same began to happen on TikTok and his comments on that platform have since been turned off.
Oxtail pasta. Applying pressure all 2023 pic.twitter.com/JgPORgLbuK
— Chef Way (@ChefWay__) January 7, 2023
His old account: @WaymoTheGod has been deleted, but the screenshots just don’t go away. The Chef Way colorist posts stem from around 2015 and 2016, but the hurt still lingers.
A hateful, rude man trying to use Black culture as a come-up after insulting Black women. pic.twitter.com/vqjvXYHtFU
— Bijoux♡ (@BijouxFleurette) January 8, 2023
Here’s what some of those posts highlighting his past looked like:
This rebrand isn’t gonna work playa❤️ pic.twitter.com/MesHYRhiV2
— Ansigtsløs🇨🇩 (@ansigtsl) January 8, 2023
Black men built large followings between 2010-2016 by being misogynistic, colorist & downright nasty to Black women cause at one point, that was an EASY way to build a platform. Then they took a break & came back as feminists, chefs, lawyers, & “I love Black Women” accounts.
— I appreciate you. (@DeeLaSheeArt) January 8, 2023
And the response from Black Women after the backlash.
Chef Way is yet another example of how men can spend YEARS doing whatever they want to women and we’re supposed to believe that’s a phase they grow out of.
That’s what irks me.
— Optimus Fine (@sunnydaejones) January 9, 2023
thoughts on ChefWay__ He targeted Black girls and Black women because he is anti-Black. His anti-Blackness is what brought him directly to having a non-Black partner. he knew how unprotected BG and BW were then and now. He is thinking “this will just blow over”
— Jason (Emperor T’Challa) (@EscaflowneClown) January 8, 2023
Chef Way has since lost at least a couple of his partners, after many tweets directly asking them what they would be doing now that his history has been revealed:
Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We’re disappointed to see such behavior from a former partner, which does not align with our values. There will be no further collaboration, and we appreciate the community support to call out these views and actions.
— Lifeway Foods, Inc. (@lifeway_kefir) January 9, 2023
I believe that brands are about values. We want to partner with individuals that reflect our own values. Chef way clearly does not represent the values that we hold dear. Thanks to those that called this out. We need to do a better job vetting people that represent our brand.
— Stephen Svajian (@ssvajian) January 9, 2023
The Chef Way apology has since been posted on all his social media accounts, pinned to his Twitter and his instagram.
The Chef Way apology reads: “To those l’ve hurt with my past tweets that have resurfaced, I am deeply sorry. That was a moment in my life where I was sick in more ways than one. Cooking saved me. You have watched a flawed man heal. I will continue to heal and learn. Thanks for being along for the journey.”
To those I’ve hurt with my past tweets that have resurfaced, I am deeply sorry. That was a moment in my life where I was sick in more ways than one. Cooking saved me. You have watched a flawed man heal. I will continue to heal and learn. Thanks for being along for the journey.
— Chef Way (@ChefWay__) January 9, 2023
Thank you to the Black Women who have brought this story to light and have forced him to be held accountable.
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