Oh, Anthony Bourdain… will you ever stop saying stupid things?

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From an upcoming Playboy interview with Anthony Bourdain:

On his thoughts on vegetarians: “They make for bad travelers and bad guests. The notion that before you even set out to go to Thailand, you say, ‘I’m not interested,’ or you’re unwilling to try things that people take so personally and are so proud of and so generous with, I don’t understand that, and I think it’s rude. You’re at Grandma’s house, you eat what Grandma serves you.”

On his loathing feelings toward vegans: “I don’t have any understanding of it. Being a vegan is a first-world phenomenon, completely self-indulgent.”

Good lord. Really? It’s the hezbollah thing all over again. How hard is it to realize that there’s nothing more “completely self-indulgent” than killing and eating animals when you don’t have to?

Is it just me or has Anthony Bourdain always felt like the phoniest of the phony celebrity chefs? His persona seems so overtly manufactured. Like, I feel that Gordon Ramsay is pretty close to what you get on Kitchen Nightmares. But Bourdain has always come off like a fake jackarse mugging for the camera.

(original link via Mom)

6 Responses to “Oh, Anthony Bourdain… will you ever stop saying stupid things?”

  1. Roxanne Veinotte

    I would love to see what this guy’s insides look like…. cholesterol, plaque, fat etc…
    Does he only cook and eat meat, or is he a hypocrite and also uses vegetables, beans and such?

  2. Deb

    Also, how exactly is a plant-based diet “first world”, when the traditional foods of the majority of regions of this world are heavily plant-based?

    He’s possibly ignorant and uneducated, but he is also the mouthpiece for self-indulgent first-world people, and I’m betting he knows the real score on these issues…he also knows that telling the truth instead of saying what people want to hear won’t earn him the money he desires to earn. And if he doesn’t earn a bunch of money, how can he take self-indulgent trips around the world? He’s the picture of the self-indulgent first-world person who cares *only* about his own pleasures, and doesn’t care who pays the price.

  3. ryan

    Exactly, Deb. That’s what I wanted to say, but much better than the way I said it. :)

  4. nicole

    “You’re at Grandma’s house, you eat what Grandma serves you.”

    when i became a pesco vegan, in the hopes of controlling my bulimia, disguised as “being compassionate,” i first realised my new diet’s value because i could refuse my sweet grandmother’s cake with credibility instead of just looking like a food bitch. and that caused me to avoid a binge, and that caused me to avoid a purge. that was life changing for me. x

  5. Dreena

    To me, it’s his way of getting a bigger profile, that the more outrageous and narrow-minded his comments, the more people (might) take notice of him. And, by his theory, if he ever meets a vegan or vegetarian grandma on his travels, I would expect him to fully embrace the veg meal, you know, out of respect for gradma!

  6. Bliss Doubt

    It’s the “self indulgent” and “elitist” argument that offends me the most of all ignorant arguments against vegetarianism. Much of the world eats vegan every day, not because of philosophy or religion, but out of necessity, rice and beans, porridge, bread, with meat consumed only at great expense on feast days and at weddings. Maybe if Bourdain spent a week in a battery cage, he’d understand better, or if he spent a week in a poor African country, eating mangoes and peanuts every day, a week in Mexico on rice and beans, or a week in Afghanistan on rice, potatoes and bread. If it bothers him to feed vegetarians, then Bourdain isn’t even really a chef. He’s a hack. A chef can handle dietary restrictions of all kinds, including kosher, gluten free, vegan. A good chef is sensitive to a dinner guest’s shellfish allergy or aversion to pork. Bourdain is who is self indulgent in this scenario. He wants people to shut up and eat his food.

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