Pinky Cole, the owner of the Slutty Vegan and a popular plant-based chef and philanthropist in the Atlanta area, recently came under attack after a group of angry white social media users left negative reviews and racist language on her website. In response, a few of Cole’s celebrity patrons decided to help out by buying out her popular local eatery.
A false rumor started spreading saying Cole refused to service police officers after teaming up with local business owners to provide the family of Rayshard Brooks, a 27-year-old Black man who was shot and killed by police officers in Atlanta, with several items like a car and life insurance for all of his children. According to Baller Alert, the situation took a turn when Cole released a statement saying that her eatery would temporarily stop its food delivery to the Atlanta police force and that they “stand firm with those fighting against social injustices.” However, they were still welcomed to come in and order their meals.
The false reviews started to accumulate after a Facebook user made a post in a group called Georiga Backs The Blue berating Cole on her decision. “So now Police Officers can’t eat at Slutty Vegan! Wow…. All Police aren’t bad! No problem….and everybody says to support black businesses….Smh!” they wrote. This led to hundreds of users flooding Google with reviews containing racist messages. Madame Noire reports that in response to the wave of racist messages, celebrity patrons including La La Anthony, Chris Paul, Gabrielle Union, and Ludacris came together to buy out Cole’s restaurant to offer the community free food on Tuesday, June 30.