“It’s puzzling to watch them and their corporate entourage continue to practice their performative ‘activism’ dipped in consumerism and ‘woke’ keywords used for marketing purposes.”
Lou Constant-Desportes, the founding Editor-In-Chief of Afropunk, resigned earlier this week after serving the editorial side of the company for nearly a decade.
In a scathing statement posted publically to Facebook, Constant-Desportes accused the publication of “performative activism” throughout, claiming to have personally “experienced and witnessed so many lies, gaslighting, disrespect, victim-blaming, exploitation.”
He goes on to state that Afropunk was “using radical imagery, slogans and intersectional mottos to market their events,” as well as subjecting “undervalued and underpaid staff” to “precarious situations.” Constant-Desportes also reveals that Afropunk had offered him and others “hush money” in exchange for his cooperation with non-disclosure agreements.
Read the full statement below.
I have resigned from my position as Editor-in-Chief at AFROPUNK. While I'm proud of the work accomplished as the…
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