Chef, author, and TV star Anthony Bourdain was beloved across the country and around the world. Sadly, the love of the people wasn’t enough to keep him from taking his own life earlier this summer.
But Bourdain did leave us with one more interview and one more reason to love him, before he passed.
In February, Bourdain gave an interview to popula.com that was not published until earlier this week. In his interview, Bourdain demolished former President Bill Clinton, calling him ‘Entitled, Rapey, Gropey, Grabby, Disgusting.’ Truer words were never spoken.
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Bourdain had reason to be particularly direct about the issue, his longtime love, Asia Argento is one of the most outspoken victims of Harvey Weinstein.
Here’s what Bourdain told popula (by the way – this was mixed with a lot of anti-conservative commentary, as Bourdain was a well-known liberal):
How did you feel about Clinton? There was a lot of that around her.
Look—after my ill-advised hemlock comment to TMZ, I found myself um, you know, with hundreds if not thousands of death threats and MAGA trolls, and Russian trolls, and anonymous posts and letters to me, my ex-wife, to everyone in my life. And I ended up being interviewed by the Secret Service, who were very nice. They had a large number of official complaints, and of course they have to respond, so we had a very cordial meeting of the minds.
Dang it must be so awkward, to be so famous.
But I will tell you that as frightening as that was at times, when I sat there with Asia, as she texted her sisters… watching the Clinton apology on Weinstein, and [Asia’s] watching this statement, there was a lot of anticipation. People were really hoping she’d come out with a… I don’t know. Let’s just say with something different. I immediately tweeted my disappointment, very much shaped by what I saw around me. And I will tell you, that was really fucking frightening, the reaction to that. You know, I voted for her.
I did, too.
I was really disappointed with the statement. But even by expressing that, the way that my comment was turned, very neatly—suddenly I wasn’t expressing disappointment in her statement; I was blaming her for Harvey Weinstein’s crimes. The way that turned very nicely was a good bit of artistry and deeply frightening to me and really, really…
Should we have gotten rid of Bill Clinton after the Lewinsky scandal?
Bill Clinton, look, the bimbo eruptions—it was fucking monstrous. That would not have flown today. A piece of shit. Entitled, rapey, gropey, grabby, disgusting, and the way that he—and she—destroyed these women and the way that everyone went along, and, and are blind to this! Screamingly apparent hypocrisy and venality. How you can on the one hand howl at the moon about all these other predators. And not at least look back. OK, let’s say, well, it was all consensual: powerful men, starstruck women, okay fine, let’s accept it at its most charitable interpretation. Fine. He is a very charming man, I met him, he’s fucking magnetic.
Wow, yeah. I’ve never seen anything like him.
As is she. When you’re in the room, you think wow, she’s really warm and nice and funny. But the way they efficiently dismantled, destroyed, and shamelessly discredited these women for speaking their truth.
… is unforgivable.
Even with his disgust for the Clintons, Bourdain still voted for Hillary Clinton in November of 2016.
It seems that even the people who recognize how disgusting and horrible the Clintons are, still can’t bring themselves to vote against them.
Which is sad.
As much as I disagreed with Bourdain’s politics, I loved the way he wrote and I wish that I had his talent with connecting with other people. Bourdain made the world a better place with his humble spirit and his heart for people, he will be missed by many.
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