Griffin Green, 24, moved to the Bronx from Michigan last week for a new opportunity as a sales development rep with the software company Outreach, Reason reported.
He took to TikTok to complain that bodegas – corner stores – in his Bronx neighborhood only stocked unhealthy instant foods, and that it was hard to shop properly there, compared to a larger supermarket like Kroger back home.
But busybody Twitter hall monitors soon seized on the clips, claiming they demonstrated white privilege, with Green’s cowardly employer bowing to pressure from the niche accounts to terminate their staffer.
Outreach told Reason that Green was fired for sharing an offer of employment letter on social media, not because of the controversial bodega videos which earned him the moniker ‘Bodega Bro.’
But the publication suggested Outreach was using that as a fig leaf to justify its decision to fire him over the innocuous bodega clips
The series of videos that sparked the online outrage shows Green walking around his Bronx neighborhood, where he had moved for his new job, while he blasts the local bodegas and asked his viewers how he was supposed to make dinner and where he could find a ‘big grocery store.’
‘OK, so I just moved to New York and I’m going to go grocery shopping, and so I type in like, ‘grocery stores,’ on my Apple Maps, and every f–king one I go to … they’re like this s–t,’ he told the camera in one video.
Midwest college grad, Griffin Green, 24, who recently moved to the Bronx for a job, posted TikTok videos complaining about shopping at bodegas, earning him the moniker ‘Bodega Bro’
Outreach told Reason that Green was fired for sharing the offer letter on social media, not because of the controversial bodega videos which earned him the moniker ‘Bodega Bro’
‘Like bro, that’s not a grocery store,’ he said as he turned the camera to show one of the small stores. ‘I’m trying to get, like eggs, yogurt, cheese, s–t like that. Like, look at this place.’
Green continues to walk through his Bronx neighborhood and states he’s been to several and doesn’t know what to do about dinner.
‘Like I’ve literally been to like five of those now, and like, I don’t know what the f–k I’m about to do for dinner. Like where are the Krogers and the Whole Foods at? Like I’m about to eat f–king like cereal and ramen for dinner, like what the f–k?’
The clip went viral after a Twitter user posted it with some saying Green was exuding white privilege for blasting bodegas, which are a staple in New York communities.
Blogger Perez Hilton – best-known for bullying female stars including Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan on his website – circled the wagons further, by tweeting that the video seemed ‘racist.’
‘I’m sure this ‘bro’ thought he was being funny, but… did anyone else view this as racist? Or just me?’
Blogger Perez Hilton tweeted that the video seemed ‘racist’
TikTok star Dutch De Carvalho chimed in on the video: ‘I mean, what, he’s been here like two days? And he’s found a way to make fun of the stores that many people in the community rely on.’
More videos surfaced which prompted further backlash on social media.
In one clip, which seemed to have surfaced during Pride, Green commented on how many gay people are in New York, and asked whether ‘being gay is just a thing now.’
In another one, he pointed out that he was wearing an NAACP shirt to the gym in the Bronx so ‘these people’ vibe with him more.
‘I’m in the Bronx for a few weeks so I’m like the only white dude in this whole gym, so I got this NAACP shirt so these people vibe with me more,’ he purportedly said in one video, the New York Post reported.
The series of videos that sparked the online outrage shows Green walking around his Bronx neighborhood, where he had moved for his new job, while he blasts the local bodegas and asked his viewers how he was supposed to make dinner
‘OK, so I just moved to New York and I’m going to go grocery shopping, and so I type in like, ‘grocery stores,’ on my Apple Maps, and every f–king one I go to … they’re like this s–t,’ he told the camera in one video
Video that Green posted of his offer letter and announcement of moving to New York resurfaced and a Twitter user alerted the company.
‘I don’t think it’s very flattering to have this type of person representing your company,’ the user wrote. ‘I would revalue his employment if I were you.’
Outreach responded, ‘Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Upon investigation, we took swift internal action in accordance with our company policies and in alignment with our core values. He is no longer an employee of Outreach.’
The firm said Green was fired for sharing the offer letter on social media, even though it was only visible for a few seconds.
‘It is against company policy for employees to leak private and confidential information, and grounds for termination,’ Outreach’s vice president of communications told Reason. ‘We remain committed to building our culture that finds strength in our diversity, equity and inclusion — and a company where all can succeed.’
Green, who had just signed a 1-year lease with an apartment in the Bronx, told Reason he was fired on his second day of work. He asked for a chance to explain, but said he was denied.
‘People can be painted as these mean awful people when really they’re just trying to explore new things,’ Green told Reason. ‘I was exploring New York for the first time … I didn’t know that people do grocery shopping at these corner stores.’
‘It was more of an intent to almost like make fun of myself for being a new person in the city,’ he said.
Green set his TikTok account to private but on Saturday night posted a new video that addressed the backlash and included a compilation of the grad ordering food at a local bodega.
Green posted a new video to TikTok Saturday night of buying food at a local bodega and distributing it to various homeless men in the area
‘If you came here from Twitter, you probably know me as “Bodega Bro,”‘ Green said. ‘So I came off private to show you guys what Bodega Bro is really all about.’
Green then bags up the bacon, egg and cheese rolls and chopped cheese rolls that he bought, along with gatorade and fruit, and films himself distributing them to various homeless men in the area.
In the video, Green adds that ‘if anyone is hiring in tech sales or needs a workout partner in New York,’ to let him know.