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