This is the first of what is to be a three-part series of posts on Amy Bouzaglo and her new cookbook, “Baking with Amy.” This first post is a discussion of how she and her bakery, which was located in Scottsdale, Arizona, came to be internationally known. The next two posts will be as follows:
Baking with Amy, Part II: Review of Amy Bouzaglo’s Cookbook, “Baking with Amy.”
Baking with Amy, Part III: My Results with a Favorite Dessert from Amy Bouzaglo’s Cookbook.
I will insert the links for the newest articles once I’ve posted them.
Ordinarily, when I want to review a book, I simply write a review. But, I’ve now read several other people’s reviews of Amy’s cookbook (all positive) and every one of them is met in the comment section with criticism for not addressing the television show, “Kitchen Nightmares.” I really wanted to address that, anyway, because it pertains to some problems that women – especially beautiful, talented women – face at the hands of cyberbullies (most, but not all of whom, are males) and real-life harassers. Amy’s story, also, touches on the abuses of male chefs, which are commonly reported by women chefs. You would think for all the times that men keep telling us to get back in the kitchen, they’d be happy whenever we are there – but, no! I, also, wanted to keep the review of the cookbook separate from this whole discussion. My review is very positive. I love the book and I’m going to tell you, in the next post, why I think it’s so good. But, what I have to say here is not so pleasant because it revolves around subjects like bullying and the deceptive fraud that is reality television.
In some of the earliest posts at this blog, I’ve discussed the hoaxes that get passed off as news. I’m sure some people find it hard to believe or just don’t want to believe it. It’s scary to think that almost everything you see on television and a lot of the trends that occur online are based on pre-planned fraud perpetrated by people who are generally trusted television personalities. (This is the nature of PsyOps as written about by the the modern father of propaganda, Lt. Col. Michael Aquino.) Anytime you see something on television or online that is being turned into a major event, you should put on your critical thinking cap.
Once you learn what to look for, it’s easy to spot fraud.
For instance, I’ve discussed previously the Roanke, Virginia shooting hoax involving a reporter and cameraman supposedly being shot on air. But, if you slow down the two videos provided, which were supposed to have been filmed at the same exact time (one by the cameraman, which supposedly was live on air and the other by the alleged shooter), you see that (1) they don’t match up and (2) no cartridges and no wad are ejected by the fake, stage prop Glock. The “news” is fake, at least, a lot of it is and the rest appears to be greatly manipulated as can be shown through endless examples that go back, at least, as far as the late 1960s, in my own investigations. They’ve been faking the news for, at least, that long in order to manipulate public opinion and to get and keep viewership.
Viewers (and now internet and social media denizens in conjunction with mainstream television viewers) are usually manipulated for, at least, one of two reasons: To sway public opinion about a matter and to make money (often by means of ratings).
Not everyone is ready to accept the truth about the news being manufactured. But, everybody knows that Reality T.V. is fake, right?!
Well, wrong – apparently. Nonetheless, it is as scripted and planned out as any fictional television programming. The people making the programs, also, use some dirty tricks to illicit the reactions they want to get from the people in the programs. They spend days filming with multiple cameras from different angles, then edit it all down into one approximately 25 minute (for a half-hour show ) or 45 minute (for an hour-long show) series of clips.
In this article from Independent.co.uk, people discuss how fake and staged so-called reality television shows are: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/reality-tv-contestants-reveal-how-real-the-shows-actually-were-a6834246.html The article is based on this discussion from Reddit by people who have been on various reality shows: https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/420tzp/serious_people_who_have_been_guests_on_reality/
This article, “I Work As a Writer For Reality Shows — Here’s the Deal
And believe me, they’re not glamorous. They’re also not ‘real.’” from XOJane, discusses the truth about the actors, writers, and tactics involved in the production of these programs. Would you be surprised to learn that the “hillbillies” of Duck Dynasty are actually, clean-cut, golf-playing yuppies in absurd costumes? They are caricatures of people who don’t really exist – all made to order for gullible television viewers.
The first time you see this picture, you will see one image, but if you look again, you will see another. Once you see it, you can’t stop seeing it. It’s the same with fake television programming – once you see the fraud, you can’t stop seeing it.
Once you see how fake, how edited shows, such as the two episodes of “Kitchen Nightmares,” that featured Amy’s Baking Company are, you will never be able to stop seeing it. It’s like looking at one of those Magic Eye pictures or those pictorial illusions (see image to the right).
In two radio interviews, which are linked below in the Timeline of Events, you can hear Amy Bouzaglo discussing how Gordon Ramsay got the kind of reactions he wanted for his show out of her and her husband during the filming. She talks about how they planted actors and some members of the local community who had taken a disliking to them in the restaurant in order to create drama for their one-hour (45 minutes) program, which they filmed over the course of a week. (8/11 Correction to the previous statement: They were supposed to film for a week. The contract was cancelled after three days of filming. After he created chaos and psychologically tortured Amy for the camera – which was then heavily edited so you never hear Amy when she talks about the things he did (they cut her off and impose his voice over hers in the final edits) – Ramsay left on the second day he was there. On the show, Ramsay says he chose to walk out. In the radio interviews, Amy says they wanted to end the contract and asked him to leave.) Once you hear her talking about how it was done, those two episodes of “Kitchen Nightmares” and any other episodes of that show will never look the same to you, again.
As you’ll see from the timeline, below, Ramsay quit his show a few months after they revisited Amy’s Baking Company in an episode using mostly clips from their first visit. The second airing was not authorized by Amy and Samy, according to the interviews they have given on Totally Driven Radio (see the Timeline of Events for links). His show was exposed for the fraud it is and you will see the fakery, the editing, the actors planted as “customers” making faces at plates of food and sending it back to the kitchen, flustering the cooks, in practically every episode of his now dead show.
I am basing the information in this article on solely on what I’ve found online from articles, the television episodes themselves, and from interviews with Amy and Samy, which you can find in the links provided in the Timeline of Events, below.
Timeline of Events:
- Amy’s Baking Company opened its doors in 2007.
- February 6, 2013 (this is the post date at YouTube), Check Please, AZ, PBS, reviews Amy’s Baking Company. You’ll see a stellar review of Amy’s Baking Company starting at about 10 minutes into the video, which is from a local television program in Scottsdale, Arizona.
- Amy’s Baking Company, “Kitchen Nightmares” aired May 10, 2013.
- Amy and her husband Samy Bouzaglo appeared on the Dr. Phil Show, which aired on April 9, 2014.
- Return to Amy’s, “Kitchen Nightmares” aired April 11, 2014.
- 1st Interview on Totally Driven Radio on October 31, 2013.
- 2nd Interview on Totally Driven Radio on June 5, 2014.
- Gordon Ramsay’s reality T.V. show, “Kitchen Nightmares” last aired on September 6, 2014. Amy mentions in the 2nd radio interview, linked above, that Ramsay announced online that he was done with the show in June 2014.
- Baking with Amy is published on April 15, 2015.
- Amy’s Baking Company is reported closed on December 29, 2015 by AZCentral. According to my calculations, the restaurant was in business for 9 years, which is a pretty good run.
I’ve made no secret of the fact that I hate television and I don’t have it. I haven’t had it for years. Some people think that people like me who “brag” about not having television and say we hate it are being pretentious, but the fact is, I just can’t stand it. I know that, at least, 99% of what is broadcast is fake. Most of it is extremely misogynistic. Fewer and fewer women are watching television these days because it’s just not a pleasure for us to see women being raped and slaughtered for male entertainment purposes. I, also, find that it is difficult to talk to people who do watch a lot of television because even if they do believe on some conscious level that television is partly or all fiction, they still talk and act like they believe what they see and hear on it. It is impossible to reason with them, to present any facts, even those based on events I’ve personally experienced, when I have to compete with the lies propagated by television. It really has turned a lot of people’s brains to mush. It’s scary.
There is a huge, scary mob of people who are easily influenced by what they see on television. They are reminiscent of the peasants with pitchforks and torches from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. There are mobs of these people who are seem to be looking for someone to hate, someone to direct their hatred at, which is why they are sometimes simply called “haters.” Women online, in particular feminist writers, are well aware of such “haters,” most of whom are men and most of whom have a special kind of sexualized hatred they direct at women. Some of these are basement dwellers sponging off mom. Some are professional – dudebros like RooshV, who make a living teaching men how to hate and rape women or like Paul Elam, who collects donations and puts out bounties on the heads of women, making them fear for their lives, and there are men threatening to rape them, their daughters, even to harm their elderly parents (such as the threats reported recently by Jessica Valentia and the ongoing threats and organized professional man-hate against Anita Sarkeesian).
In a way, Gordon Ramsay
is was one of these professional trolls. He had a production company that apparently cooperated with restaurant “reviewers” from the website, Yelp, to locate restaurants to feature on his show. Most of these restaurants were in trouble. He’d go in and try to capitalize on any existing drama, invent some of his own with the help of actors and by means of his own apparent knack for being an abusive bully and upsetting people. He’s notorious for his disgusting foul mouth, which apparently is all part of his charm to people in the British Isles. The British have been exporting some very unpleasant men to this country in recent years (e.g. Piers Morgan and Simon Cowell) and this is a trend I’d like to see come to an end. We don’t need it. I understand it is being done because they work cheaply and, of course, they are cheap in other ways. Cheapness is, also, the reason why there is a proliferation of these horrible so-called reality shows. Compared to the kind of television programming that used to be done (remember the ABC Movie of the Week?) these show are very inexpensive to produce.
Amy and Samy were never paid for the two episodes. They didn’t get their permission to do the second episode, which included some clips of an interview by someone from “Kitchen Nightmares” named Garcia. Ramsay didn’t have the decency to even present himself for the “Return to Amy’s” episode. You will see and hear him narrating and you’ll see a lot of clips and phony interviews with people who know the Bouzaglos or who claimed to have a bad experience at the restaurant (like 2 people who were reporters, but never identified as such for the episode, who appear to have planted three fruitflies in a drink in order to make a news clip out of it for a local news show), but Ramsay was never actually there.
Furthermore, the “submission video” shown in Return to Amy’s was fictional. Amy says they did not submit a video. Rather, they were approached by a production company, Amy discusses this at about 8 minutes into the 2nd interview on Totally Driven Radio.
Amy and Samy had drawn the wrath of some of the locals in Scottsdale, according to Amy, because they were a very high-end, yet small operation, and sometimes they had to turn away patrons because they did not have the capacity and staff to serve them on some occasions. So, there got to be a kind of local lynch mob, which aired its malice on Yelp.
When they were contacted by “Kitchen Nightmares,” Amy was under the impression that they were going to get some national attention for their restaurant and Ramsay would help spread the world about the excellent food their restaurant offered. At that time, the restaurant was not troubled. The only problem they had was cyberbullies on Yelp and on their Facebook page.
Amy made one very bad mistake: She fed the trolls!
Never feed the trolls. This is a rule those of us who live online all know. But, Amy spends most of her time in the kitchen. So, it’s possible she and Samy had no idea what the online world of trolls can become. They found out the hard way. It was Yelpers, quite possibly trolls, who suggested “Amy’s Baking Company” for an episode of “Kitchen Nightmares.” When the first show aired back in 2013, it became an internet sensation, the videos of the episode went viral. People like me who had never heard of Gordon Ramsay or “Kitchen Nightmares” (which was in its 6th season by then) watched the episode – and re-watched it. (I adore Amy!) It’s safe to say that it’s the most watched episode of that perfectly awful reality show – ever. It may, also, have been Ramsay’s undoing in the end. The Bouzaglos were determined that if Ramsay was going to destroy them, they wouldn’t go down with out a fight and they wouldn’t go down alone.
When I titled this blogpost, I used the word, “deception,” to describe what happened to Amy and Samy Bouzaglo at the hands of Ramsay and his minions, paid and unpaid. But, I wanted to use the word, “fraud.” Fraud is a strong word and it has some legal connotations, so I chose the word “deception,” instead. But, I think it is not at all wrong to call what was done here “fraud.” Some victims of similar reality show shenanigans have sued. The most infamous example I can remember off the top of my head was that of the Jenny Jones Show (I’m dating myself and my television viewing, again, here!) back in 1997 when Jenny Jones invited a non-gay man onto the show to meet his crush, who turned out to be another man. The surprised guest was so humiliated that he ended up murdering the other man – a big lawsuit followed.
Here’s some more information about the fraudulent nature of talk-reality shows in an old video clip, involving that episode of the Jenny Jones Show. Here’s another documentary from HBO from 1997 on these old talk shows: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJJVE2gqjOc . Here is a clip from Jenny Jones at trial. I, also, had colleagues who appeared on some of these talk shows in an effort to promote their careers (to get credits, which get you higher paid bookings with agencies and night clubs) who told me they were heavily edited and the show was made to look very different from what actually happened. For instance, Howard Stern edited his show, I was told privately by a former guest, so that the women who appear on it look as sleazy and cheap as possible. There’s no way to get the upper hand in any conversation with the host because they edit the show and make the guest appear however they want her to appear. Another woman I worked with did promotions for a major (MAJOR, but now defunct) night club in NYC back in the 1990s and the talk shows invented a non-existent pop-cultural phenomenon and tried to convince audiences it was a real thing in order to get ratings for themselves and the shows guests (including my colleague) were hired actors (complete with SAG membership cards), paid to promote the club, which is why they appeared on the show and told a pack of lies to an international audience.
Amy and Samy might have had grounds for a lawsuit. But, they said they are not litigious, although they believe (and so do I) they should have been compensated for their participation in the show, instead they wanted to expose Ramsay and “Kitchen Nightmares.” This, despite the fact that they may have been subjected to a “non-disclosure” clause of some type in their contract (reminiscent of the famously litigious Donald Trump and his silencing tactics).
In the beginning, they believed Ramsay and his producers when they said he was going to help them and the only problem their restaurant had, at that time, was an online troll one. Instead, he aggravated their online troll problem, which had previously only been local, and turned it into a nation-wide troll attack. Amy’s Baking Company became, as Amy described it in the second episode of Kitchen Nightmares, “Disneyland for the crazies.”
So much is disturbing about how Amy was treated by Gordon Ramsay that it’s hard to determine where to start in describing it. A lot of the false characterizations he made of her are based on both gendered and sexist stereotypes. He says she is “crazy.” He doesn’t use the exact word “shrew,” but he puts forth the idea that she is a tyrant who is feared by her husband. He badgers her. When she tries to talk to him, he lets her finish half of a sentence before he uses her words to interrupt her, speak over her, and continue to harangue her. She reveals in one of the radio interviews that Ramsay came into the kitchen where she was working with a female employee and sexually harassed Amy to the point of tears by harping on the size and condition of her husband’s balls while making the accusation that her husband feared her.
It’s reminiscent of how Stanley Kubrick nearly drove Shelley Duvall to a nervous breakdown in order to get the reaction he wanted from her on film for “The Shining!” There really ought to be a law against treating women worse than circus animals! But, we all know that’s not going to happen anytime soon.
It, also, reminds me of high school bullies, as exemplified by “Mean Girls,” which is the level at which Ramsay appears to operate. In the original 2013 episode, when Ramsay first comes into the restaurant he is very complimentary and friendly-seeming. Amy’s Baking Company wasn’t like most of the crummy joints featured on his television show. It was a million dollar-plus spread, with beautiful checkerboard tile floors, a gilded decor, an al fresco dining area, and shiny display cases full of Amy’s beautiful desserts and pastries. The kitchen was pristine. The food in the refrigerators was stored and dated in an example of perfect organization.
He tries one of the desserts. He likes it. He compliments the cleanliness and organization of the kitchen. Then, he talks to Amy and Samy, who are now very relaxed and comfortable with him. But, it’s all a Regina George-style set up. He gets them to talk about themselves. He asks them if they have children. (I find the child question appalling, by the way. Lots of people, especially women, have health problems, have hysterectomies due to some disorder or as the result of horrific rapes, have endometriosis, have miscarriages, have lost an unborn child to male violence – there is an endless number of scenarios. There are, also, many moral, ethical and highly personal reasons that women do not use their wombs to make children. It’s not a nice question and it’s a rudely presumptuous one.) Amy jokes that they have three little boys, but they are trapped in cat bodies.
They obviously treat their cats like children and one of the clips they most like to use to show that Amy is a “crazy cat lady”is where she is talking about how she speaks to the cats and they talk and sing back. They took this lighthearted moment and turned it into something to demean her in a particularly misogynistic way. This characterization gave way to cartoons (memes) depicting her as a witch. Amy has been able to find some humor in this and on the surface, I see it, too. Nonetheless, there is something deeply hateful, Medievally hateful, in fact, about it. There is something terrifying on a primal level about being publicly called a witch – whether you really are one or not. (Amy is “God’s child,” according to one of her social media posts in response to being accused of being a witch. This means she is probably either Christian or Jewish and is not a conjurer or practitioner of the Dark Arts and, therefore, she is not a witch.) Historically, the “witch” label has been the pretext for unspeakable horrors committed by mobs, instigated and encouraged by those in positions of power – a lot like Ramsay and his legions of dudebros.
As he’s setting them up, he gets some other personal information about Samy, which seem to indicate that he once participated in some kind of alternative life-style. He has been called a “playboy,” which is a euphemism for all kinds of things and it is conveyed that he had, at least once, some criminal connections.
In fact, when the spaghetti hit the fan, one result was that people were digging into both of their pasts. Local news outlets and vloggers were milking their popularity for all it was worth. This resulted in some apparently false reports that Samy was in the country illegally (he is a naturalized American citizen, born in Morocco and a citizen of Israel, according to available information) and was on the verge of being deported. It was publicized that Amy was convicted and served time in prison for “banking fraud.” If you listen to the reports, they’d have you believe she was an embezzler. But, she was sentenced to 14-months for putting a social security number that wasn’t hers on an application for a $15,000 loan. I’m not saying that’s a right thing to do. It’s certainly not a smart thing to do. But, it’s not embezzling or theft and it does seem that the penalty was extremely heavy handed for a non-violent offence and her first and only offence, as far as I am aware. Consider that the Steubenville rapists only got one day in Juvie and the child rapist, Jeffrey Epstein, only served three months in a facility where he had the key to his own cell and was able to come and go freely. Something just seems wrong about this.
Any information that could be found about the two of them was being dug up and a lot of it stemmed from this friendly set up in the beginning in which Ramsay appeared trustworthy and conversational. This friendly conversational demeanor would not last, a pattern you will find in many other episodes of his show.
Most of the food that Amy prepares at the restaurant is made from scratch. Amy acknowledges that a few things are frozen, such as the ravioli. Ramsay fixates on this and runs it into the ground during the show. At no time in the show, does he really offer any constructive criticism. “It’s disgusting” and “it’s crap” seem to be the extent of it. I watched the first episode a few times trying to understand what was so bad about frozen raviolis. I still don’t know.
According to Amy in the radio interviews, Ramsay had them, for the purposes of the show, show a waitress. In fact, the restaurant doesn’t have waitresses. Instead, they have what they call “food runners” who are paid an hourly wage to simply pick up food from the kitchen and deliver it to the table. They don’t take orders or use the computer. This was changed for the show. Then, Ramsay made a big deal about how the waitresses (which the restaurant didn’t actually have) were not being tipped, claiming that the owner was stealing tips from the waitresses. This resulted in the restaurant being investigated by some government agency, but no wrong-doing was found. Nonetheless, this became more fodder for their enemies, a now huge body of nasty trolls, bullies and harassers who began threatening them and harassing them at their restaurant.
The night before Ramsay arrived, they filmed the restaurant, which according to Amy in her radio interviews and in the following article, they packed with actors and Yelpers, some of whom had physically threatened her and Samy online and who had been harassing them for about three years. There is sequence after sequence of people making faces and turning up their noses as they are served Amy’s food. This is something you will see in other episodes of “Kitchen Nightmares.” It’s obviously a set up for the show. These are actors and plants. More evidence for the fact that these were actors and paid instigators may be found at this article, in the Phoenix New Times, entitled “Screaming, Expletives, and, Eventually, Police: All in the First Night of Kitchen Nightmares Taping at Amy’s Baking Company,” in which there are descriptions and quotes from Amy (that she might have actually said and which indicate that she knew who some of the instigators were and that some were actors and she knew she was being “set up,” which is exactly what was happening) from that first night. You’ll see only clips of what happened in the show, all edited to make Amy and Samy look “crazy” and “paranoid.” (It’s not “paranoia” when you are really being set up!) News articles like this one with quotes from the Kitchen Nightmares people allegedly saying “We’ve never seen anything like this,” pour gasoline on the flames and are an attempt to lend credibility to their fictional narrative.
Another “waitress” appearing in the show was fired by Amy for “simply asking a question.” But, if you watch the show carefully, you see the look on the girl’s face and according to Amy, she had been difficult all night (she says this in one of the radio interviews) and this was the last straw. There is a clip of Amy on the show saying, “Why are you acting like this?” After watching the show a few times, it looks like this girl was put up to her behavior for the purposes of the show. She gives a number of interviews in both the first and second episodes disparaging and ridiculing Amy.
There are, also, apparent patrons (which you will learn from the interviews from Amy were Yelpers, there to cause trouble) who caused difficulties over a pizza and were kicked out of the restaurant by Amy.
Upon re-watching, it is easy to see that the whole “show” is one big set up with a lot of editing to make Amy appear crazy and irrational as Ramsay and his plants try to drive her insane – literally. This is what we call “gaslighting.” The absurd number of alleged customers sending the food back, claiming it’s no good, for instance, is gaslighting. It’s often done by men to women to slowly drive us crazy. To make us doubt ourselves. To frustrate us. To cause us to defend ourselves against charges that we’re not crazy (not witches, not shrews), etc., which is just used as more fodder and more “proof” that it’s all true. To prove that Amy was “crazy” lots of online bullies created memes and videos showing still shots of Amy from the show with her eyes wide open. One idiot male vlogger made a video with a still of this claiming that it was proof that she was psychotic and demonically possessed. Near the end of the first episode, Amy calls him out on what he has done and Ramsay says to Amy, “Blaming everyone again” in the exact same tone of voice as Charles Boyer talking to Ingrid Bergman in the movie, Gaslight. He calls her “delusional.” When Amy says, “Can I show you reviews, hundreds of reviews, that we didn’t write that are from real customers?” He says, “Online bullies again,” as if he’s not aware of the problem – as if she is imagining it. The dialogue might have been taken straight from the script of that film because this is exactly how men who gaslight women behave – this is what they say and how they say it.
When the show aired, it got some press, as well, showing up in national news headlines. That’s when people on the internet (like me, who don’t see T.V. usually) got wind of it. Then, the nastiness multiplied exponentially. Samy and Amy got threats over the phone, they had prank callers (lots of loser men have posted videos of themselves harassing Samy and Amy, mostly on the telephone to disrupt their business and inflict psychological harm), people making fake reservations, and people coming from all over out of state to check out the restaurant. Some of those tourists generated by the show and its fallout did some awful things. But, a whole lot of other people actually tried Amy’s cooking and loved it. They couldn’t understand why they were portrayed as the worst restaurant in the country on the television show.
The bottom line is this: Television is fake. Pretty much everything you see on there including the news is fake. The people you see in reality shows and often on talk shows (although that format nearly died after the Jenny Jones Show debacle) are often actors, people who are not actors are manipulated and psychologically tortured in order to get a desired reaction, and the shows are as scripted as any other fictional programming.
Amy says in her radio interviews that she wants people to know that reality shows are fake and she doesn’t want anyone else to fall for this con artistry. They have done their best to expose Gordon Ramsay for what he is. “Kitchen Nightmares” is over.
Meanwhile, Amy has put out her first book, which I will review in the next post. She’s, also, got some very nice videos on fancy baking and pastry-making. She’s had some problems with trolls, though, apparently. I noticed that she’s had to create, at least, three different channels because YT keeps taking them down. There is a real dearth of women making videos and posting them at YT. They have a man problem over there and that is the bulk of Amy’s trolls, which you’ll find if you do a search on her name or restaurant at YT. A lot of what has happened to Amy is simply woman-hating. If she were a man, it probably wouldn’t have happened. What Ramsay and the trolls have done to her has really taken a toll on her health. None of this is surprising to radical feminists, of course, and it’s all happened despite the fact that she is married to a man.
Amy Bouzaglo really has a larger than life personality. I am really hoping to see more of her, but if she becomes a recluse (like me), I can certainly understand why.
In the Kitchen Nightmare show and in the radio interviews, Amy makes reference to problems with Yelp. Ramsay, whose production company appears to have been working with Yelpers, acts like this is a ridiculous idea. Although, there have been many suits and many more allegations against Yelp for extortionist practices. In the video below, restaurant owners discuss a three-part series of events that plays out like this: (1) A restaurant gets legitimate good (4 and 5 star) reviews; (2) The restaurant begins receiving calls from sales reps from Yelp asking them to pay for advertising; (3) if the restaurant doesn’t pay, the good reviews disappear and any bad reviews rise to the top of their site.
Here’s a business-owner talking about his experiences with Yelp:
Billion Dollar Bully – this is a trailer for a documentary about Yelp’s alleged bullying and extortion of business-owners:
Season 9, Episode 14 of South Park, “You’re Not Yelping,” humorously brings to light the nature of Yelp reviewers and their arrogance, bullying and extortion of restaurant owners:
A video about Yelp and the lawsuits against them involving allegations of extortion and threats of physical harm if they did not pay. This and these other videos are relevant to the story of Amy’s Baking Company because they fully support her allegations:
Chef suicides and restaurant closings are elements in the wake of destruction that seems to have followed Gordon Ramsay and his reality television shows:
BBC News: ‘MasterChef’ runner-up Josh Marks commits suicide
Rachel Brown, contestant on “‘Hell’s Kitchen,’ found dead in Bedford
Most Restaurants on Kitchen Nightmares Are Now Closed
Joseph Cerniglia, ‘Kitchen Nightmares’ Suicide — Second for Chef Gordon Ramsay’s Shows