Gay Chef 'Shocked' at Similarities Between His TikTok Bottoms' Menus and Postmates'

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Thursday June 16, 2022

TikTok Chef Alex Hall
TikTok Chef Alex Hall  (Source:Instagram / @_hall_that)

A popular gay chef on TikTok says he was "shocked" at the similarities between the menu items he's been posting for a year and Postmates' newly released food recommendations for bottoms, according to Mashable.

Alex Hall, who runs TikTok's "The Bottoms Digest" with his husband Mike Floeck, told Mashable that after Postmates started their "Eat with Pride" campaign — which details food choices for bottoms — "people were quick to notice the similarities" between his content and that of Postmates.

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Naturally, he checked out Postmates' content.

"I opened the video and was completely shocked," Hall told the outlet.

"They say that they were the first to create a bottom-friendly menu, when we were actually the first — over a year ago — to do so."

"He and Floeck have been posting recipes on The Bottoms Digest since last June, and are among a group of popular creators of Bottoming TikTok," Mashable said.

"Hall stated that in addition to using the same phrase 'bottom-friendly,' Postmates used similar colors, cadence, and copy as his introduction video to Bottoms Digest," the report added.

Hall alleged it was a case of "a corporation... hijacking content and ideas and original work from a queer person... especially during Pride to profit off of it just for 30 days."

Hall fretted over whether small entrepreneurs in the LGBTQ+ world are "just gonna continue to experience this every single June?"

There is a key difference between the two sets of dietary recommendations, though: Hall's content, Mashable said, is about more than just "preventing messes in the bedroom — they're about comfort and consent."

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"Postmates' 'Eat With Pride' campaign, however, is purely focused on preventing mess when having anal sex," Mashable said.

Worse, however, according to Hall, is that Postmates recommends certain foods for bottoms planning to have sex in the near future, when those goods — coffee and pizza were specified — should be avoided.

Hall tried to tell Postmates as much, the report detailed, only to hear a claim that the pizza they recommended was fine because it was dairy free. Hall pointed out dairy isn't the only thing to be aware of; garlic, onion, and tomato sauce "could be problematic for some people's digestion," Mashable explained. In a strange twist, Postmates itself seemed to indicate that bottoms should avoid pizza before sex: "The Postmates ad even displays pizza as an example of a food with insoluble fiber to avoid right before bottoming," Mashable pointed out.

"Someone's gonna order this damn pizza that they think is bottom-friendly," Hall told Mashable. "They're gonna have a guy come over and they're gonna feel awful, and it's just going to be a shame-ridden experience."

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.