Anthony Bourdain on Chick-Fil-A Boycott: ‘I Support Your Inalienable Right to Say Really Stupid, Offensive S—’

06/06/2016 at 03:40 PM ET

Chef Anthony Bourdain attends The (RED) Supper
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Anthony Bourdain is known for his strong opinions, so it’s no surprise he has some sentiments about New York mayor Bill de Blasio’s Chick-Fil-A boycott.

“Are we looking for nice people to run our companies? We’re going to be looking pretty hard,” he said in an Adweek interview. “I’m not going to patronize that business because I don’t like what they institutionally support—I don’t like the chairman of the board, I don’t like who created the company, whatever. I support your inalienable right to say really stupid, offensive sh— and believe really stupid, offensive sh— that I don’t agree with. I support that, and I might even eat your chicken sandwich.”

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Despite fiery insult exchanges with Guy Fieri, he grants a similarly begrudging pardon to the celebrity chef. “I find Guy Fieri a rich and deep vein of comedy, there’s no doubt about it, and he’s worthy of a solid and maybe relentless mocking as anyone who has made his sartorial choices deserves,” he shared matter-of-factly. “But is he bad for the world? On balance, probably not. I would greatly prefer to not have a Guy Fieri restaurant in Times Square. It hurts me. It offends me. But somebody clearly loves it.”

A subject Bourdain has a more passionate response to is whether or not his 9-year-old daughter Ariane should one day should one day follow in his footsteps a la Bindi Irwin. “Jesus. Let me go hang myself in the shower now. Oh my God, it would be just so appalling,” he initially scoffed.

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Still, Bourdain softens at the thought, saying, “I would be horrified at first, but then proud that she would knowingly choose such a difficult thing because it’s a hard, hard, hard business. Harder for women. I would be appalled and horrified and frightened, but secretly very proud.”

Marquaysa Battle, @MarquaysaBattle

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dbear on

And as a customer of Chick-Fi-A, ‘I Support Your Inalienable Right to Say Really Stupid, Offensive S—’

Janae on

This man never fails to sound like a hideously unpleasant person.

Carrie on

All the Chick-Fil-A CEO said was that he believes in one man and one woman in marriage. He didn’t say there was anything to do with company policy. It was one man’s opinion. How dare someone have a traditional opinion!! The horror!! These crazy knee-jerkers only made the restaurant more popular. Whenever I’ve been in one, the place is spotless and the workers are the nicest on the planet.

Charlotte on

Hey Anthony! I’m right with you. I support your inalienable rights to be a stupid idiot too.

Amy on

That spicy chicken sandwich is the bomb. I don’t care aliens are selling it.

lynn on

There is no one who is more offensive and stupid or who is so over hyped and not worth it then this jerk who is so full of himself. This man and his ridiculous idiot remarks is a joke and a stupid fool who is never worth listening to or reading about,

Stang.88 on

Bourdain should support people’s right to say stupid things, he’s made a career out of it.


I LOVE Chick-Fil-A, I love my partner of 21 years and I respect the right for anyone to have their own opinions regardless of whether or not I agree with them. Enough already with the PC crap! The mayor needs to pay attention to his city instead of a chicken sandwich!

Courtney on

Mr. Bourdain
You support the right to say not only stupid but clearly divisive and inflammatory statements. Ok, I support that right so I can also state my opinion. However, why, if you don’t agree with the ideology of a company, would you buy the food? Wasn’t it you who stated that you would not buy Paula Deen’s diabetes medicine because she glorifies poor eating choices?
Pick a side not just the one that suits your needs.

ElliotIsThatU? on

Good Lord, he looks just like Elliot Gould in that photo.

I can see why your most recent wife kicked you to the curb, Tony. You are one miserable person. My God…pick a topic and this guy will whine nonstop about it. You were much nicer and more fun when you were on drugs.

Sharon on

This guy is so full of himself, he is such a rude person and I am surprised that anyone would want to interview him or watch his show.

Guest on

Chick fil a is so good and drive thru lanes in my town wrap around the whole building during lunch and dinner rush. Trump is offensive, too, but people will still line up to vote for him.

Eat Mor Chiken on

Uh. Oh. Looks as though someone is back on the blow.

Anonymous on

This is rich coming from a man who boozed and got high his entire adult life. Have another one Mr. Bourdain!

Kimberly on

This is rich coming from a guy who boozed up and got high his entire life…have another Mr.Bourdain. I’m sure your cooking sucks just as much as your book does.

jeannie on

Why did Chick Fil A drop coleslaw ?

Finley on

Another hypocritical liberal pontificating about tolerance and failing to practice what he preaches.

Amber on


Chris on

We love Chick-Fil-A and will eat there MORE OFTEN after hearing what the CEO said!

GO GIrl on

Oh he was talking about Chick Fil Al I thought he was talking about himself when eh was talking about saying stupid offensive things…Go figure


Oh, Anthony Bourdain. How I do love you.

Algore on

Anthony Bourdain is nothing but a profane, stupid jack ass.

Rudolph on

Years ago on Bourdain’s show he was in the middle-east, during filming Israel was attacked & Israelis died. Bourdain was saved by American troops and he was angry that Israel hit back-HARD. He said that he was surprised that the Americans actually treated them well during the rescue. He was pissed off at the U.S.!

Cantstandhim on

As we support yours Mr Bourdain.

Straight on

I don’t agree at all with the owners opinion. However,, he has a right to have his beliefs and opinions, as long as it doesn’t discriminate in his company, which it doesn’t.
Everyone shut up already!!!

George on

This coming from a man who is not that intelligent.. He proved this to be a fact on his series Parts Unknown while touring the abandoned City of Pripyat in the Ukraine he said to his guide ” This was like a City ” Yeah Anthony so much so that it was in fact a City.. Pripyat is now a radioactive ghost town caused by the explosion in Chernobyl NPP’s reactor 4.. I knew all of this information by the time I was in the 7th grade, what’s his excuse..

Me on

Thankfully in NYC we have Shake Shack so only visitors eat a Chic-Fi-La. And same for Fieri’s sh!tshow for a restaurant, Never ever ever ever EVER!!!

kylelyles on

I support a boycott of NYC until they toss the scum Bill de Blasio out of the city.

Anonymous on

A lot of men and women eat up the fact that when someone is good at what they do then they have power to “mansplain” everything. I’m sick of it. Maybe he can help his daughter become a chef without the worry of energy/verbal abuse, misogyny, and alcoholism…..

reb on

Go away Anthony! You are a waste of space on this earth!

KebMo on

Bourdain…king of self important dBags the world over

Sue on

Pompous ass comes to mind. Hope his daughter is NOT like him!!!

SnoDa on

Who is this unpleasant sounding clodhopper?
I hope he boycotts Chick-fil-A so I don’t have to suffer the misfortune of running into him…

jeans75 on

what an ass—-crude and stupid ass.

Katie on

I have no clue why the owner of Chick-Fil-A has no right to his own opinion, seeing that he doesn’t discriminate within his company, and he doesn’t. I stopped watching Anthony Bourdain several years ago; talk about offensive, opinionated, rude, and stupid! He utterly takes the prize, so why would anyone want to listen to him……SMH

sanityisrare on

Could tell is was an alcoholic the first minute I saw him on TV several years ago….a very unhappy soul…

Josey on

It’s nice to see that Bourdain still has a satirical wit after years of schlepping dirty dishes in kitchens mixed with bouts of heroin addiction. Now, if only he could get off the sauce and start developing qualities such as humility and civility.

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