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Texas Prosecutor and tiktoker ‘Chef Way’ landed himself in hot water when his controversial tweets from 2015 and 2016 resurfaced.
On an account called @waymoTHeGod he wrote disparaging comments about black women’s bodies and their appearance.
According to The Houston Chronicle, has also been a prosecutor with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office since March 2021.
According to The Grio, Wesley used his social media outlets to address the offensive words, even after deleting the offending account and remarks, saying he is “deeply sorry,” and blaming alcoholism for his behavior.
“That was a moment in my life where I was sick in more ways than one,” Wesley shared, The Chronicle reported. “Cooking saved me. You have watched a flawed man heal, and who 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
The comment sections on Wesley’s public Instagram and TikTok apologies are disabled. However, on Twitter, where comments are enabled, the post’s replies and retweets are filled with people making fun of Wesley’s apology and how he claimed that cooking was able to change his outlook.
I call ??. It’s funny how people are only “apologetic” when their character is being put on display for the world to see! https://t.co/GMM0c5ER0j
— Daye (@DayeTheVirgo) January 12, 2023
Did u post up any praise of BW in the last few years ??? If not, you didn’t change. Have your preferences support you. https://t.co/d6yx0qHL18
— Ms.Sherell (@sherell_ms) January 12, 2023
Chef Way has more than 250,000 followers on TikTok and numerous sponsorships with food companies.
KPRC Click2Houston reported that Wesley appears to have lost one brand partnership due to the resurfaced tweets. Stephen Svajian, chief executive officer of Anova Culinary, shared via Twitter that they were cutting ties with Wesley immediately because he didn’t uphold the company’s principles.
A subsequent tweet from Anova Culinary’s account announcing the chef’s firing states “We hope our former partner has some moments of deep introspection and makes the necessary strides to become an anti-racist ally.
Hate has no home at Anova and we remain committed to listening to marginalized voices, and deeply value diversity.”
Kim Ogg, the district attorney for Harris County, indicated in a statement on Tuesday that she supports Wesley.
Although she believes the remarks from almost seven years ago were inappropriate, offensive and did not represent her values or those of the D.A.’s Office, Ogg said, she believes in second chances.
“Mr. Wesley has explained that these posts came during a period in which he was struggling with serious personal issues, including alcohol addiction,” said Ogg, KPRC2 reported.
“Prior to joining our office, Mr. Wesley went through treatment and has worked with the State Bar of Texas to resolve his issues. His recovery is ongoing. I am a believer in second chances, and Mr. Wesley has conducted himself professionally since joining our staff. I am confident that will continue.”
The Chefway story made it on the news… pic.twitter.com/773SxuCiXC
— S P A R E (@seanab876) January 11, 2023
Joe Stinebaker, director of communications for the D.A.’s office, said they were unaware of the now-deleted account or its contents before the backlash, The Chronicle reported. He said the office’s background checks include analyzing active and public social media accounts.
Stinebaker added that Wesley is continuing his work as the D.A.’s office carefully investigates all claims of bias against any employee.
Got folks are asking if I regret contacting a few of @ChefWay__'s brand partners & encouraging them to cut ties. The answer is a resounding "no." The harm he has caused to Black women/girls is immeasurable and accountability is long overdue. His downfall is of his own creation.
— T.L. Gill (@LimitlessShe) January 10, 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