Insiders say Comedy Central’s top creative executives tokenized employees of color and fostered an environment – Business Insider India

On January 26, 2020, Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, died in a helicopter crash. The next day, a Black assistant for Comedy Central's in-house creative team was still reeling from the news.

"I could barely get on the subway," she said. "I was crying and honestly really shouldn't have gone in to work that day."

"Why the f--- would we do that? Isn't that BET's job?" the former assistant said she recalled the VP who was leading the meeting saying, referring to the Black Entertainment Television channel.

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The assistant discussed the VP's comment with two colleagues, both of whom confirmed the conversations to Insider. The assistant said she didn't formally report the incident because she was worried it would jeopardize her career and put her at odds with executives at the company.

Despite the network's progressive content, current and former employees for Comedy Central's creative team told Insider that the company culture was not without discriminatory behavior. The insiders said that top creative executives at the New York headquarters sometimes tokenized employees of color and fostered a culture rampant with microaggressions. Of the 17 past and current employees Insider spoke to, 15 said they either witnessed or experienced inappropriate behavior they believe was influenced by colleagues' race.

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