Saturday, August 2, 2008

Anthony Bourdain And Fat Hate

image Ok asshole, apparently you need to be told that fat hate simply isn't appropriate.  I know that you are trying to uphold an aging rock star ultra laid back image, but expressing bigotry against people doesn't give you automatic entry into the "cool kids club". It makes you an ignorant, insensitive, loud mouth, ass. Looking down at the rest of us "little people" from your skinny, white male, economically privileged position, just makes you a person that ultimately no descent individual wants to associate themselves with.  It is easy to pick on vulnerable people when you are sitting on a mountain of privilege, but it requires far more class (something you clearly lack) and human decency (another trait you don't possess), to treat people with the same kind of respect that you believe that you are entitled to.

I just realized I jumped into my rant without telling you why all of this vitriol is aimed at FOODTV's former most arrogant chef.  On his latest show for the travel network, Mr. Bourdain engaged in a conversation with Ted Nuggent in which he repeatedly insulted fat people.  In fact it seems that they were both vying to see who could be the most intolerant, and cruel throughout the entire exchange.

Nugent: I really am angry at obese people. Obesity is a manifestation of a cultural depravation. It is vulgar and displeasing to look at. It is suicide as a lifestyle.

Bourdain: My argument is that it is unpatriotic. It is not a personal lifestyle choice if you can't wash yourself and you stink. .. I am not asking people to become a victoria secret model although it would be nice. The more the merrier. How do we smoke Osama out of a hole if we cannot fit our fat ass in after him?

Nugent: How dare a nation that clearly doesn't care about their health, dare ask for healthcare. Obesity is the most vile and cultural abuse of (sic)personal responsibility.  I know that there are people that are mentally deranged that just don't know better and they do need help but, 99% of the sperm whales walking the streets in this country got up in the morning and go I am fatter than a fucking pig, and here is a list of things I should not do, and should not eat, and I am doing all of it today.

Bourdain: When I grew up it was okay to pick on the fat kid in class. You are an undesirable blobaloid. Get with the plan, the presidents of physical fitness. Now that would be unthinkable, you have chosen an alternative lifestyle.

That Ted Nugent,  of all people would have the nerve to call someone else a fucking pig...does he not own any mirrors? His less than wise sage compatriot is no better.  When I see people spreading this kind of hate I am well aware that they are expressing a desire to maintain their social privileges.  Nugent and Bourdain may think that they are quite the catch because they are white, male and economically privileged, but I don't think my vagina would ever forgive the betrayal if I ever mistakenly confused them with men worthy of a fuck.  They are living examples of everything money cannot buy you. Spend wisely boys and take yourself to an etiquette class, maybe they can teach you the manners that you clearly did not learn in childhood.

H/T to Misfitina


13 comments:

The Fabulous Kitty Glendower said...

....from your skinny, white male, economically privileged position, just makes you a person that ultimately no descent individual wants to associate themselves with. It is easy to pick on vulnerable people when you are sitting on a mountain of privilege, but it requires far more class (something you clearly lack) and human decency (another trait you don't possess), to treat people with the same kind of respect that you believe that you are entitled to.

Agreed 100%

I have not heard about this exchange until I read it here. However, I must say that I had my own visceral reaction to Bourdain about six or seven months ago and have not watched him since (not that I was watching regularly). One day when I was flipping through the channels, I landed on his show. Never head of him before, never seen him before. It was one of those days when they did back to back episodes. He was in Eastern countries and I remember thinking just by what he was saying “WTF?” As if the world is his playground. And I cringed when I saw people, who desperately needed the money and publicly I assume, going out of their way to serve him.

Nugent and Bourdain are trying to disguise their disgust as in all people, but really, it is women specifically (in my opinion). If not why would Bourdain use the example of a Victoria Secret model? Do men model for Victoria Secret? Then he has the nerve to switch it up and say that said person could not manage fitting in a hole if tracking Obama. As if he imagines women tracking Osama bin Laden. Anyone with a brain knows that the military has predominately male-only forces in Afghanistan (where Osama would likely be). And does being overweight equate to being unable to wash oneself?

Nugent seems to teeter on racism. Cultural depravation. When is the word cultural used by such a person unless really meaning a certain people? Also, he goes on about people asking for healthcare. Who exactly is asking for healthcare? Hence, that is followed with the phrase “personal responsibility.”

If they were really tough men, why not just come out and say “fat black men and women and fat white women make me sick.”

The Fabulous Kitty Glendower said...

Oh I cannot edit. That should not be Obama, that should be Osama. I check it through word and it corrected it as Obama. That name is in my dictionary, Osama is not.

Also it should be publicity not publicly. And I wanted to say Bourdain's comment is geared more at women (probably white women). It looks like I am saying Nugent and Borudain's comments are meaning women (more than likely white). But no so for Nugent. Nugent's comment is more racist.

Z.G. said...

Old rock stars never die - they get desperate.

Susanne49 said...

I think too his is way too arrogant guy!

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Sharath said...

HAHAHAHA!!! I actually am a fan of Bourdain's "no reservations" show, but I agree his douchebaggy, "too cool for school" demeanor (along with his skintight black t-shirts) are infuriating!

Thank you for encapsulating the finer points of my rage! :)

Maria said...

I don't understand why people think it's okay to deny someone's humanity b/c they're fat. I just don't understand.

It's so hard to remain positive about myself with these message that are just CONSTANT. I waiver all the time. I really hate it.

Darcy said...

I agree with The Fabulous Kitty Glendower, I am just as outraged by how sexist this conversation was. Stating, "I am not asking people to become a victoria secret model although it would be nice" demonstrates that he isn't actually concerned with peoples' (specifically women's) health, but that he is only concerned with how physically attractive a woman is to him. Drug/alcohol abuse aside, if she looks great in a g-string she's A-OK with Bourdain!

Nugent mentions at the very end of the conversation that he does not approve of alcohol abuse or cigarette addiction, either, but we do not see him demean alcoholics or smokers in the same way.

The kicker is the Travel Channel blurb above the video: "Anthony Bourdain and Ted Nugent discuss obesity in America."

slw2004 said...

"I am fatter than a fucking pig, and here is a list of things I should not do, and should not eat, and I am doing all of it today."

Yep that's definately what I'm doing every day with my exercise classes and my trying to find time to go on walks when I don't have the classes (or the money to go to the classes) That's exactly what I'm doing when I'm watching what I eat (not just how much but actually what it is, how nutritional it is). And yet, here I am, still fat.

I do try to stay positive and hopeful and pro-active about my health (not my weight) but reading comments like these make it hard even if, intellectually, I understand the bs that's behind them. :(

cyn said...

Why, oh why, do celebrity chefs feel like they have to show an anti-fat position to be accepted as celebrity chefs? First Alton Brown, then Gordon Ramsay, now this. Why can't they all be like Nigella Lawson and more body-positive, intuitive-eating food stars? It's like they're trying to justify or apologise their lifetime dedication to cuisine. "I love food, but I hate fatties", "Hey, at least I'm not fat!", "Good Eats, as long as you're not fat!", "Never trust a fat chef"(and that's why that horrible, machiavelic Michael beat Ralph on the first edition of Hell's Kitchen, I reckon). It's just awful. I hate having to ban celebrity chef shows I'm addicted to, but I guess this means No Reservations: I Ban You.

And Ted Nugent? Wasn't he dead already?
Sorry, no. I confused him with Charlton Heston.

Guy Vestal said...

If there were to be a king of "self-absorbedville", this blue blooded deity would be the perfect monarch.

Paula Deen should be given the charge of hitting this man in the head with a shovel, then there would be justice.

A full swing hit from a mile away, just like a fast ball coming over the plate....

WoW! This place really presses alot of my buttons, I need to stop coming here, or I am going to have a stroke! LOL

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