Netflix has caught some heat from one of its series personalities for a thumbnail that doesn’t feature them prominently — despite the fact that they host the show.
According to TVLine, Netflix embroiled itself in controversy by putting up a thumbnail featuring chef Jacques Torres and assistant director Weston Bahr (otherwise known on the show as “Wes”) on its site. A Twitter user caught the thumbnail and posted it on their Twitter page. The now-deleted tweet read, “i remember reading somewhere that @netflix puts men on the thumbnails of shows and movies a lot,” referencing how Netflix will utilize A/B testing on their thumbnail images to entice the viewer. “@nicolebyer IS NAILED IT,” wrote the Twitter user. “I love wes and chef jacques but COME ON – this is so upsetting.” E! News grabbed the image of the tweet.
Byer herself responded to the tweet with her own now-deleted thread, writing in part, “If Netflix didn’t sign my checks and give me a huge platform and opportunity to showcase my comedy, I would talk about how…disrespectful this is to me as a Black woman [and] how Black women are a lot of times erased from many different conversations…I would talk about how it makes me know my true value as the host of the show where I work incredibly hard to elevate the material given to me…I would talk about how this [is] essentially whitewashing for more views. But they sign my checks and I’m honestly so happy and grateful to and for the show and no sarcasm I love my job and wish to keep it so I’ll be quiet.”
Byer deleted those tweets after Netflix replaced the thumbnail.
“I deleted my last set of tweets [because] I talked to one the execs on my show about it and the thrilling conclusion is the removal of the image and a conversation about how the thumbnails are made and selected that I’m happy with,” she wrote on Twitter.
I deleted my last set of tweets bc I talked to one the execs on my show about it and the thrilling conclusion is the removal of the image and a conversation about how the thumbnails are made and selected that I’m happy with.
— nicole byer (@nicolebyer) May 29, 2019
The original poster also deleted their tweet about the thumbnail too, writing to Byer, “I’m glad it came to a good resolution…thank you for all your hilarious work and keep up the great work!”
Nailed It! is now streaming on Netflix.