‘Bon Appetit’ burned for saying grillmaster and CEO are men’s jobs

The magazine apologizes and changes the introduction to a video series called “Dudes Grilling Things” after people complain on Twitter and blogs that the ‘humor’ was sexist.

Ragan Insider Premium Content
Ragan Insider Content

Bon Appetit magazine is calling it a mea culpa.

The introduction to a collection of videos called “Dudes Grilling Things” had some readers up in arms about this paragraph, which blog The Braiser catalogued before it was changed:

“It’s a cliche because it’s true: men like grilling things. Women like grilling things too, of course, but at this point in history, grilling, like crying about sports and being a Fortune 500 CEO, is firmly located in the domain of Dude.”

Some, such as CNN Eatocracy editor Kat Kinsman, took offense at the idea that grilling is chiefly an activity for men. She also said the Fortune 500 line “feels like a burn rather than tickle.”

Bon Appetit editor Adam Rapoport took the criticism to heart, replying: “Humor is a fine line to be walked. Sometimes a writer trips.” Rapoport also said Bon Appetit‘s Web team inadvertently featured only men in the collection of grilling videos.

To read the full story, log in.
Become a Ragan Insider member to read this article and all other archived content.
Sign up today

Already a member? Log in here.
Learn more about Ragan Insider.