Celebrity Chef Ming Tsai Apologizes for His Comments about the MeToo Movement
“I will strive to do better in the future,” Ming Tsai wrote.
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.
Reports Show YouTuber Chris Chan Has Been Released from Jail
The VINE record for Chris Chan updated, saying “Released by Court Order.”
The news of YouTuber Christine Weston Chandler, famously known as Chris Chan, being released from jail has been met with shock and confusion among social media users.
Chan, who had been in custody at the Central Virginia Regional Jail since August 1, 2021, on charges related to alleged sexual assault against her mother, was reportedly released by court order.
Social media users reported receiving notifications about Chris Chan’s release from the Virginia VINE website. (Source: Twitter)
On March 27, 2023, social media users reported receiving notifications about Chan’s release from the Virginia VINE service, which is a custody request system that makes criminal case information available to the public.
The former YouTuber was listed as “bonded out” on the Virginia VINE service and had sent a notification alerting various people to her release.
VINE record for Chris Chan was updated, saying she had been released by a court order. (Source: Twitter)
However, later that day, the VINE record for Chan was updated to reflect that she was no longer in custody and had been released by a court order.
The reason for her release is currently unknown, but it has caused confusion and concern among social media users, given the seriousness of the charges against her.
Others have criticized the lack of transparency surrounding the decision to release her, with some calling for more information about the circumstances of her release.
Many expressed their concern for the Sonichu creator’s mother as a fan noted, “im not really worried about them themselves im more worried about their mother.”
While some people were shocked by the situation and used hilarious memes to express their views.
As per the Virginia court’s information system via Insider, Chan was issued a transportation order on March 27, 2023.
While it’s unclear why she was released from jail, it’s worth noting that she has a hearing scheduled for August 8, 2023.
Chris Chan’s alleged sexual assault scandal
Chan’s alleged sexual assault scandal sent shockwaves through the internet when news broke of her arrest on incest charges after being accused of sexually assaulting her mother.
On July 30, 2021, an audio recording leaked online in which a person believed to be Chan detailed sexual relations with her 79-year-old mother.
The Sonichu creator Chris Chan. (Source: Twitter)
The graphic details of the recording quickly went viral on social media, sparking outrage and disbelief from people around the world.
As a result, the Sonichu creator began trending on Twitter and was the subject of intense scrutiny from the media.
YouTuber Dillin Thomas, who had previously created content on Chan, later released screenshots of what they claimed to be a conversation they had with him in which the man appeared as Chan seemed to confirm the claims.
Greene County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia issued a statement against Chris Chan. (Source: Facebook)
On August 2, 2021, Greene County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia issued a statement confirming the allegations of “sex crimes against a family member.”
The statement revealed that both the victim and the suspect resided in Greene County, and an arrest warrant was issued based on the investigation.
Chan was subsequently arrested by the Henrico Police Department on August 1, 2021, and held without bond at the Central Virginia Regional Jail.
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Did Cynthia Parker and Boyfriend Spencer List Break Up?
A fan wrote, “Ever think maybe they want to go back to being private?”
Cynthia Parker and her boyfriend Spencer List, the popular couple on TikTok, have been the talk of the town recently.
Fans are speculating if the pair have broken up, as Parker recently removed her TikTok videos of her with List from her second TikTok account under the handle @dudewhoscynthiaparker.
This move has left fans wondering if their favorite couple has split. However, some fans have come to the couple’s defense, suggesting that the removal of the videos might not be an indication of a breakup.
They argued that Parker might have removed the videos to regain some privacy and that the couple might still be together.
Fans’ reaction to Cynthia Parker’s to the possible break up with Spencer List. (Source: teatoktalk/Instagram)
This isn’t an uncommon practice among TikTok content creators, and it doesn’t necessarily mean that there’s anything wrong with the relationship.
A fan claimed, “Cynthia tends to take videos down after a bit, probs nothing.”
Another fan wrote, “Ever think maybe they want to go back to being private? Can’t blame her because some people on tiktok don’t know how to be sensible.?? Why always assume they broke up?”
Cynthia Parker and Spencer List still follow each other. (Source: Instagram)
Another interesting point to consider is that the TikToker and her 24-year-old beau still follow each other on Instagram. This might be another indication that they are still together and that their relationship is still going strong.
Despite the fans’ speculations, neither the social media personality nor her boyfriend has come forward to address the rumors of their alleged breakup.
Parker’s activity has only fueled the rumors further, leaving fans to wonder what really happened between the two.
Cynthia Parker and Spencer List confirmed their relationship on March 2023
Parker initially confirmed she was in a relationship via an Instagram story on March 2, 2023, but at the time, the identity of her new boyfriend was a mystery.
This news had fans speculating about who the lucky guy might be and waiting eagerly for more details.
However, it wasn’t until March 12, 2023, that the couple finally made their relationship official with the TikTok video that showed them sharing a kiss.
The video showed Parker applying lipstick before List entered the frame, and the two shared a passionate kiss set to a romantic song.
Fans were quick to express their excitement and happiness for the couple, who have been rumored to be dating for quite some time.
However, while most of the fans are thrilled about Parker and List’s relationship, some people criticized the couple for their age difference.
The online personality is only 18 years old, while List is 24, which means there is nearly a six-year age gap between them.
This age difference has sparked controversy among some fans, with some people feeling that it is inappropriate for a 24-year-old to be dating an 18-year-old.
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Fans Concerned about Jaden Hossler’s Apparent Use Drugs
A fan wrote, “They gotta chill on posting this stuff online. Being a influencer you have INFLUENCE.”
The recent pictures shared by Jaden Hossler on February 14, 2023, have sparked a debate among his fans regarding his apparent use of drugs.
The pictures shared by Hossler on his Instagram showed him at a party with his girlfriend, Anastasia Karanikolaou, where fans noticed a little zip-lock bag popping out of his pocket.
A little zip-lock bag popping out of Jaden Hossler’s pocket. (Source: jadenhossler/Instagram)
Fans speculated that the bag contained marijuana and expressed disappointment with the social media influencer.
Many fans also expressed concern over drug abuse’s normalization among influencers and celebrities in Los Angeles.
A fan noted, “It’s very concerning how normalized drug abuse is with influencers and celebrities in LA. Just because you can use them doesn’t.”
Many fans expressing their concern about Jaden Hossler’s apparent drug use. (Source: Instagram)
Some fans have pointed out that the bag in the picture could contain something other than weed, but most viewers believe it is highly unlikely.
“No one is going to put anything other than weed in a sandwich baggie Bffr,” a fan commented.
The following comment read, “pretty sure it’s weed. my friends get weed in ziploc baggies coke is in smaller dime bags not those big ones.”
This incident has once again highlighted the issue of drug abuse among influencers and celebrities and the impact it can have on their impressionable followers.
While some fans may have defended Hossler’s actions, many are concerned about his message to his young fans.
A concerned fan wrote, “They gotta chill on posting this stuff online. Being a influencer you have INFLUENCE.”
Followers are hoping that Hossler takes note of his fans’ concerns and becomes more responsible in his actions, especially when it comes to influencing his followers.
Nonetheless, the incident has sparked a much-needed conversation about the impact of social media influencers on their young followers and the need for them to be more responsible in their actions.
Jaden Hossler’s past drug scandal
Hossler’s past drug scandal involved his arrest in Giddings, Texas, in 2020, along with fellow TikTok star Bryce Hall.
The two were part of the Gen Z content collective known as the Sway House, which included other popular TikTokers such as Josh Richards, Quinton Griggs, Anthony Reeves, Kio Cyr, and Griffin Johnson.
The group was seen partying at a luxury Airbnb rental in Cedar Hill, Texas, along with other TikTokers Tayler Holder and Blake Gray.
However, on May 26, 2020, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Hossler and Hall were in custody. Hossler was arrested on two charges: possession of a controlled substance in penalty group two and possession of marijuana.
The possession of a controlled substance charge was a second-degree felony, which carries a punishment of two to 20 years in state prison or a fine of up to $10,000.
Hossler was held on an $11,500 bond, while Hall was charged with possessing less than two ounces of marijuana, a class B misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in county jail or a fine of up to $2,000.
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