Ming Tsai recently said some things about the MeToo movement, which was disliked by the netizens, with the celebrity chef even facing backlash over the internet.
However, he has now come forward to apologize for what he said. On Tuesday, March 14, 2023, Tsai took to his Instagram handle to share two slides of statements expressing his regret over what he said.
In the first slide, he penned, “I was recently interviewed locally here in Boston about my career as a chef. I made some comments I regret, including those about the MeToo movement.”
He mentioned that it wasn’t his intention to be insensitive or dismissive of the experiences of those affected by sexual misconduct. He also said that he has always built his teams with women and that the best chefs in the country today are women.
Tsai continued, “My Executive Chef and Chief Marketing Officer at MingsBings are women. In every restaurant or business I’ve run, I’ve always had a zero-tolerance policy on any type of harassment.”
“I recognize that we all have a responsibility to create a safe and inclusive environment where everyone feels heard and respected,” he concluded the first slide.
In the second slide, he stated that he would be more mindful and respectful of the topics that are important to other people and would approach all conversations more empathetically. “Once again, I am truly sorry for my words, and I will strive to do better in the future.”
Tsai’s apology was approached positively by his Instagram followers, with one commenting, “Don’t apologize for being honest and what you feel my man. The problem is no one can deal with others’ opinions if it’s not their own. It’s growing old.”
“Why are people always having to backtrack and correct themselves in today’s cancel culture? I’m sure you didn’t mean anything in a negative way. I have and always will have the utmost respect for you, chef,” another wrote.
Furthermore, one Instagram user mentioned how Tsai has always been one of their best inspirations since childhood. “You are a huge part of why I fell in love with food unfamiliar to me and that love I’m sharing with others. You’ll always have my support,” the user added.
Ming Tsai’s interview and statement that led to the backlash
As Tsai mentioned in his apology statement, he had done an on-stage interview in Boston for WBUR CitySpace, as a part of the radio company’s monthly event, Curated Cuisine. Irene Shiang Li served as the interviewer — she is a James Beard Award-winning co-founder of Mei Mei Dumplings.
Irene Shiang Li at the red carpet event of the 2022 James Beard Awards (Photo: Instagram)
The interview was streamed live on YouTube on February 6, 2023. And during the interview, the fellow James Beard Award winners talked about many things related to culinary, with Tsai also giving an insight into his career and food philosophy.
The live stream on YouTube didn’t garner many viewers and thus was overlooked by many people. It wasn’t until March 12, 2023, that the netizens noticed the interview; that too after Shiang Li posted a highlight reel on her Instagram handle.
The highlight reel showcased some of Tsai’s statements that raised the eyebrows of her followers. The first part of the Instagram reel showed Tsai joking about roofing Shiang Li, and the other part showed him saying controversial statements about the MeToo movement.
Around the 23rd minute of the one hour and five-minute-long video, Tsai takes a sip from his drink and asks Shiang Li if he roofied him. He said, “Did you roofie me? You should have. I roofied you.”
Ming Tsai greeting fans outside of SOBEWFF (Photo: Instagram)
As for what a roofie is, it’s the name for a tasteless, odorless, colorless, and easily dissolvable drug – Rohypnol (flunitrazepam) – that can be mixed into drinks and is generally referred to as a date-rape drug.
“Nothing like watching a grown man who is old enough to be my dad make a joke about slipping my wife a roofy during a public interview,” Shiang Li’s husband, Chris Ward, commented under Shiang Li’s Instagram reel.
Speaking more about the interview, Tsai continues to answer questions after making the “roofied” comment. Later, Shiang Li brought up the topic of abuse and the #MeToo movement, which she had previously discussed with chef Tiffani Faison.
She asked Tsai, “Do you think that Boston will have a MeToo moment in the restaurant industry?” Tsai took a momentary pause and answered, “Have we not? Have we not been talking about it enough?”
“Are you saying, like, is there going to be another gigantic fiasco?” Tsai added later, with Shiang Li saying, “Yeah or anybody held accountable for, like, anything.” “Yeah, I mean, I hope every day,” Tsai answered.
“I could probably say all my chef buddies around the country — I was just on the phone with Daniel Boulud and Thomas Keller, we were just in Lyon — none of us are like that. It’s like social media, the bad boys get the press. It’s not [that] the whole industry is a bunch of SOB’s. It’s not.”
He continued, “I do think, I mean like I do at my restaurant. I think we just have to lead by example because it’s the next generation that’s going to actually make the change, right? The damage has been done by my generation, so to speak.”
Since Shiang Li posted the Instagram reel, Tsai began to face backlash. One user even wrote, “I just watched the whole thing, and it is pure unhinged-cringe. I’m wildly impressed by your composure.”
“I’m most annoyed that he seems to not take this interview/ conversation seriously. These responses are so void. I kinda expected more but I’m going to watch the whole thing so I can make a more informed statement,” another user commented.
With all the backlash around, Tsai also got a sniff of it and came forward with an apology statement. And for now, his apology has had mixed reactions from the fans, but most of them are positive.
Aisha Mian Tells All about Her Negative Experience with Chris Brown
A fan said, “y’all calling her a nobody but yet he WAS IN HER DMs.”
She cautiously made a reference to Brown’s continuous attempts to interact with her over the past two years when Osterberg questioned about the most famous person in her DMs.
Osterberg asked, “Who’s the most famous person your DM’s right now,” and Mian refused to say the person’s name on-camera but hinted the person was Brown.
She claimed that the R&B singer had gotten in touch with her again around two weeks ago, which piqued her interest in what would come up during their talk.
Mian chose to engage in the conversation despite his long-standing interest in her. Brown announced they should get together and claimed he was finally in the city.
Uncertain of his motivations, she gave a neutral response, proposing they meet up for a “chill vibe,” but she clarified that he shouldn’t expect anything more.
Brown’s response to her openness was far from mature; he implied that it was strange of her to bring up such boundaries and even uttered bad words toward her.
Unimpressed, Main responded that she merely expected him to behave adultably. Brown then attempted to redirect the conversation away from the awkward incident by asking about her favorite movie.
The singer seemed to be trying to change the subject, but Main opted not to reply. She added that he had messaged her once more, continuing to express interest in a movie night, but she decided to end the conversation there.
Fans’ reaction to Aisha Mian’s situation
As news of Mian’s situation spread quickly online, admirers from all around the world commented with their viewpoints. Tea pages widely shared the video on social media networks, causing it to spread swiftly.
One fan shared their viewpoint, saying, “even if its just entertaining, its so weird, it being chris brown out of all ppl. i wouldve blocked that dude in a milisecond.”
Fans’ reaction to Aisha Mian’s situation. (Source: Instagram)
Another said, “So you’re all blaming her for him being dramatic. It’s not her fault men can’t take no and move on respectfully.”
The third comment read, “She literally just wanted to know what he would say, she knew she wasn’t interested. y’all calling her a nobody but yet he WAS IN HER DMs.”
Who is Aisha Mian? A look at her
Mian is a well-known social media influencer who is most known for being one-half of the wildly successful twin TikTok duet known as the MianTwins on TikTok.
Main and her twin sister Azra, who were both born on February 26, 2001, started their journey to fame at a young age.
They made their first move by starting the MianTwins YouTube channel in January 2014, where they share their fashion knowledge, provide outfit suggestions, and discuss beauty regimens.
The MianTwins attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, but they ultimately decided to leave after only one year.
Their decision was motivated by a need to fully dedicate themselves to their developing social media professions.
Jasmine Goode and Girlfriend Melissa Marie Gets New Matching Tattoos – Look At Their Dating Life
Jasmine Goode and her girlfriend Melissa Marie took their relationship to new heights.
Fans first got to know Jasmine Goode on Season 21 of The Bachelor and Season 4 of Bachelor in Paradise.
Goode’s quest for love on the show didn’t quite work out as she had potentially planned, but her love life unexpectedly turned off-screen.
It was in the real world that the reality TV star found the love she had been searching for all along with her girlfriend, Melissa Marie.
Jasmine Goode and her girlfriend Melissa Marie get new matching tattoos. (Source: Instagram)
Goode and Marie have been together for the past two years, and the pair often share glimpses into their relationship via Instagram.
Recently, the 36-year-old television actress took their commitment to a whole new level by getting matching tattoos with her girlfriend, Marie.
A few weeks back, she teased fans with a peek of Marie getting a tattoo on her Instagram Story. Another Instagram Story showed the pair showing off their new tattoo while they hid the design.
However, last week, Goode finally revealed their new tattoo, showing a branch with three leaves tattooed in the same spot on their forearms, writing, “Enjoying the little things in life.”
Jasmine Goode and Melissa Marie have been dating for 2 years
Goode and Marie have been in a relationship for two years, since 2021. Their love story began after Goode’s appearance on Nick Viall’s season of The Bachelor, where she didn’t find love but ultimately found it off-screen with her girlfriend Marie.
While the details of how they first crossed paths remain unknown to the world, their love has been on full display as they’ve walked several red carpets together as a couple.
For instance, on December 9, 2021, they walked the red carpet together at Katie Welch and Jordan Kuker’s 8th Annual Winter Wonderland Toys for Tots Charity Event.
A close look at Jasmine Goode’s girlfriend Melissa Marie
Goode’s girlfriend, Marie, is a private person who prefers to stay away from the glitz and glamour of the entertainment industry.
Unlike Goode, Marie doesn’t seem to be associated with reality TV shows or fame, as indicated by her low-profile presence on Instagram.
Instead, she is an entrepreneur who has a background in athletics, having been an athlete during her college years.
More on Jasmine Goode
Although some people would consider Goode’s inclusion in the Vanderpump Rules cast to be a coincidence, she has a deeper connection to the show.
It may not be obvious, but her incorporation into the show is more natural than it seems because she presently works at SUR and has true friendships with some of the cast members.
The TV star hasn’t just appeared on-screen, but she has also contributed behind the scenes. She received two production credits in 2018—one for the TV show This Is LA and the other for the movie Socio.
Moreover, Goode was a pro dancer. She danced for the New York Jets and the Golden State Warriors. Additionally, she was also a cheerleader.
She was a cheerleader in high school and eventually became the team’s captain. She was even a member of the infamous Dallas Cowboys cheerleading team.
Inside Kiana Madeira’s Wedding and Relationship with Husband Lovell Adams-Gray
Kiana Madeira said, “We are officially Mr. & Mrs. Adams-Gray.”
Kiana Madeira and Lovell Adams-Gray, who have been engaged for three years, finally said “I do” on September 2023 in Toronto in front of 200 guests.
The actors, who had been together since 2017, finally took their relationship to the next level and finally tied the knot after being together for six years.
Kiana Madeira and Lovell Adams-Gray’s wedding was straight out of a fairytale
Madeira and her husband Adams-Gray exchanged their wedding vows on September 10, 2023, at Casa Loma in Toronto.
The pair shared the news via Instagram, writing, “It was everything that we prayed for, and more. We are officially Mr. & Mrs. Adams-Gray,” alongside several wedding pictures.
The actors who got engaged in January 2020 were surrounded by 200 guests at the castle-style mansion, Casa Loma, the perfect fit for their “ethereal royalty” wedding theme.
The Fear Street actress said, “It was a dream come true. A fairytale,” while her actor husband noted, “It was everything we prayed for, and more” to the People magazine.
Madeira wore an off-the-shoulder lace and tulle gown embellished with flowers and butterflies by Luca Sposa that she got from Liza Ray. With a custom-made matching Tania Maras veil, she completed the bridal look.
“This dress was the number one on my list from the very beginning when I saw it online and trying it on at Liza Ray in N.Y.C. just solidified my love for it,” she said to the outlet.
She flaunted a custom Tania Maras pearl choker and earrings by Karáhkwa Jewelry, an indigenous Canadian brand, and pearl-covered shoes by Charlotte Mills.
The Trinkets actress walked down the aisle to Justin Timberlake’s song ‘Pair of Wings’ played by the Soenen Sisters.
On the other hand, Adams-Gray wore a custom-made white three-piece suit from Alan David Custom Suits N.Y.C. and dress shoes by Luca Del Forte.
Kiana Madeira and her husband, Lovell Adams-Gray. (Source: Instagram)
Pastor Samuel Kenga officiated the pair’s wedding, and they signed the registers in front of their close family and friends.
For the reception, the newlyweds changed their outfits as the actress swapped her gown for a short halter dress and her husband changed to a purple and a white suit.
The guests were served a four-course dinner, which consisted of salad, ravioli, 72-hour braised short rib, and dessert.
The newlywed couple are currently busy honeymooning in Portugal before they return to their busy life. The actress shared lovely pictures of their getaway on September 24, 2023, writing, “Our first travel experience as husband and wife.”
Kiana Madeira and Lovell Adams-Gray have been together since 2017
Madeira and Adams-Gray first met during an NBA All-Star weekend in 2016, and after a year, he finally asked Madeira to be his girlfriend in 2017.
After dating for several years, the pair got engaged in January 2020. However, it wasn’t until February 2020 that the After Everything actress announced the engagement news via Instagram.
Showing off her engagement ring, she wrote, “Your words are my serenity and this love inside of me is bursting at it’s seams.”
In 2020, Madeira moved to New York City to be with Adams-Gray while he was filming Power Book II: Ghost. He took advantage of the opportunity to take their relationship further with a romantic proposal.
When the actress got to Adams-Gray’s apartment, she discovered a large cardboard box in the living room and stargazer lilies leading to it.
She opened the box and discovered Adams-Gray lurking inside, down on one knee, with a stunning ring in his hand. He proposed, and she said “yes” right away.
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