Often, when we lose a beloved pop culture figure, they themselves get a free pass. We don’t give them the criticism that they earned after they’re gone, likely because what good would it do?
Anthony Bourdain, celebrity chef, author, and television personality may be the exception to that rule however. His witty, wry humor would have lent itself to any number of jabs in any number of eulogies, because we all just knew that he would have done the same for us.
Bourdain was a straight shooter, first and foremost, and unconcerned about the tribalistic effects of societal division. If he liked something, he liked it individually and not as a part of some grander scheme. It was romantic life that he lived, galavanting around the planet to simply experience the world in all of its grit and greatness.
Anthony Bourdain pulled no punches in one of his final interviews as the celebrity chef slammed Bill Clinton for being ‘rapey, gropey and disgusting’ and spoke of how he imagined Harvey Weinstein dying alone in a bathtub.
The globe-trotting food chronicler, who hanged himself in a French hotel in June, gave a lengthy and wide-ranging interview to journalist Maria Bustillos for her recently launched magazine Popula.
The interview was conducted in one of Bourdain’s favorite Irish pubs in New York back in February and was only published on Sunday. It covered everything from Weinstein’s downfall, the Clinton-Trump election and even Jared Kushner’s eyebrows.
Bourdain – one of the most outspoken male supporters of the #MeToo movement – touched on Bill Clinton’s sexual misconduct allegations, saying it would not have flown today.
Hate to disparage those unable to respond for themselves, but no duh, Tony.
Bourdain didn’t spare Hillary either.
Bourdain went on to condemn the way Clinton and wife Hillary ‘destroyed these women’ who came forward with the allegations.
‘He is a very charming man, I met him, he’s f**king magnetic. As is (Hillary). 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.’
Allegations of sexual misconduct have been swirling around Bill Clinton for decades, and from long before there was a mess on a little blue dress in the White House. Anthony Bourdain, however, may be one of the first A-listers to publicly shame Bubba Clinton in the #MeToo era.
Bourdain had earlier spoken about being on the “wrong end” of Hillary’s “goons” as well.