A MasterChef winner has been forced to distance himself from racist remarks made from his social media account when asking about signing up for a black dating website, DailyMail.com has exclusively learned.
Dino Angelo Luciano, who won the latest series of the cooking reality show in September, has landed in hot water after offensive comments were found on his Facebook page.
The 28-year-old’s account posted to dating site BlackPeopleMeet.com in 2013 and wrote: ‘I hope I don’t have to be black to use this dating website. I would love to find the n****r of my dreams.’
Another comment from his account hurled abuse at another user in 2012, saying: ‘Happy birthday you f*****g c**ksucking f****t fat ass piece of s**t d*****bag.
‘Prank my phone again and I’ll break your f*****g legs, which would suck because you shred like a motherf****r. Anyway, don’t eat too much cake, your ass is already on it’s (sic) way to n****r status.’
Luciano, who is of mixed heritage and identifies as gender neutral, denied posting the comments and said an ex took control of his account to post the remarks.
MasterChef winner Dino Angelo Luciano’s Facebook account was found posting several racist and offensive comments between 2011 and 2014
The 28-year-old from Brooklyn won the popular cooking reality TV show featuring Gordon Ramsay in September, walking away with $250,000
Luciano’s account posted to BlackPeopleMeet.com in early 2013 and wrote: ‘I hope I don’t have to be black to use this dating website. I would love to find the n****r of my dreams’
Other comments made from his account posted said: ‘Happy birthday f****t. Prank call me again and I’ll break your f*****g neck.’
Another, made on the profile of a Facebook friend said: ‘Happy bday f****t.’
The several shocking racist and abusive comments from Luciano’s account were made between 2011 and 2014 and revealed this week, showing a different side of the chef than what was shown on the hit TV show.
The ballet dancer and Brooklyn native walked away with $250,000 after being crowned the winner of this year’s MasterChef.
Luciano was dubbed the culinary Johnny Depp online for his edgy good looks and charm, winning the hearts of the nation with his squeaky clean TV persona and catchphrase – ‘babydoll’.
The chef claims the posts – which were deleted after he was approached for comment – were written by an ex who commandeered his account.
In a statement, he said: ‘I am not a racist, support racism, or anything of that sort including jokes or bad names.
‘Being multicultured and gender neutral, I would never use the N word or F word describing homosexuality. I am in full support of the LGBTQ community, and I will always continue to do my part.’
Another comment from his account hurled abuse at an user, saying: ‘Happy birthday you f*****g c**ksucking f****t fat ass piece of s**t d*****bag’ (pictured)
Luciano has since denied making the comments, claiming that an ex hacked his account and posted them. He said: ‘I would never use the N word or F word describing homosexuality. I apologize for the drama and confusion this has caused’
Luciano is of mixed heritage and identifies as gender neutral. He said: ‘I am in full support of the LGBTQ community, and I will always continue to do my part’
He continued: ‘I can’t mention the name of an ex partner that I was dating, even though this person damaged me mentally, physically, and emotionally, I can’t lower myself to that level and expose who.
‘But my ex had made a few fake accounts on MySpace, Facebook, and even Tumblr using photos taken of me when we dated and photos from my profiles at that time.
‘My ex would go on my YouTube account as well and bad mouth people’s videos and leave racist comments and ill-hearted words.
‘This person had “trolled” my friends accounts and many strangers, leading to a lot of issues in my personal life, including threats.
‘Whenever we got into a fight, this would happen again and again, and I would continue to forgive until one day I just gave up and left.
‘I’ve struggled long and hard to get this person out of my memory; their “jokes” and pranks have left me scarred, and the damage done in my life to which some was irreparable, losing friends.
‘I apologize for the drama and confusion this has caused, and the drama I see that it is still continuing to cause.’
The controversial posts – made from Luciano’s current Facebook account – were unearthed by an online acquaintance who doesn’t know Luciano personally.
The controversial posts – made from Luciano’s current Facebook account – were unearthed by an online acquaintance who doesn’t know Luciano personally
The shocking comments from Luciano’s account were made between 2011 and 2014 and revealed this week, showing a different side of the chef than what was shown on TV
She said she learned from a friend that you can find racist and homophobic friends on Facebook by searching offensive words and clicking ‘posts by friends’.
The source said: ‘I was extremely shocked to see what he’d posted. It was a while ago but it’s not like he was 16 or anything – he was an adult.
‘He always seemed to be a nice guy. He does all this non-profit stuff and helps people out which is why I was surprised. He seemed like a really nice guy on MasterChef. I think the makers of the show will want to hear an explanation.
‘It is really cringe-worthy to read. It is upsetting. I wasn’t expecting him to write those things.
‘When I saw the posts I was like, “Oh, wow.” I know it sounds silly but I felt very let down by it considering the kind of persona he puts on display.
‘It made me more disappointed than anything, it didn’t seem like the Dino the TV or his current Facebook would have you believe him to be.
‘The words he was using were hurtful, and used very aggressively. I think those actions, even in the past, may indicate that he still has some maturing to do.
‘I don’t think use of words like that is acceptable in any context. He needs to apologize.’
Dino, who is from Bensonhurst, New York, but lives in Murrieta, California, is followed by 8,000 people on Facebook, 15,000 on Twitter and 49,000 on Instagram.
In his Facebook bio he says he is: ‘OCD. Androgynous. MasterChef. Ballerina-In-Training. Artist. Skate. Surf. Wino. Vegan. Cat. Human.’