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Author, chef and TV personality, Anthony Bourdain is known to have a special dislike for vegans and vegetarians.
In his book Kitchen Confidential, he wrote “Vegetarians, and their Hezbollah-like splinter faction, the vegans, are a persistent irritant to any chef worth a damn. To me, life without veal stock, pork fat, sausage, organ meat, demi-glace, or even stinky cheese is a life not worth living. Vegetarians are the enemy of everything good and decent in the human spirit, and an affront to all I stand for, the pure enjoyment of food.”
Apparently, he’s still doesn’t get it. In a brand new interview with Playboy Magazine he had this to say about vegetarians:
“They make for bad travelers and bad guests. The notion that before you even set out to go to Thailand, you say, “I’m not interested,” or you’re unwilling to try things that people take so personally and are so proud of and so generous with, I don’t understand that, and I think it’s rude. You’re at Grandma’s house, you eat what Grandma serves you.”
Of course, he has even worse things to say about vegans. Bourdain proclaims “I don’t have any understanding of it. Being a vegan is a first-world phenomenon, completely self-indulgent.”
How unfortunate that a seemingly intelligent person can be so ignorant about the devastating impact that animal agriculture has on animals, public health and the environment.
Dear Mr. Bourdain, in the age of information, ignorance is a choice; you’re hating on the wrong people.
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