Anthony Bourdain Slams "Privileged" Liberals For Their "Utter Contempt" Of Working-Class America

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Celebrity chef and host of CNN’s Parts Unknown Anthony Bourdain is no fan of Trump, and he made as much clear in today's interview with Reason. When asked what concerns him about Trump, he responded: "what I am not concerned about with Trump? Wherever one lives in the world right now I wouldn't feel too comfortable about the rise of authoritarianism. I think it's a global trend, and one that should be of concern to everyone."

However, while a liberal bashing Trump is hardly news, what was more noteworthy is that the celebrity chef also unloaded on "his own side", when he called out elite east coast liberals - of which he admitted he is part of - saying that their “utter contempt” for working-class Americans was unhelpful and nauseating.

The utter contempt with which privileged Eastern liberals such as myself discuss red-state, gun-country, working-class America as ridiculous and morons and rubes is largely responsible for the upswell of rage and contempt and desire to pull down the temple that we're seeing now.

Bingo. It is also why the "shocking" Trump presidency is nothing more than the public's revolt to "Eastern liberals" shooting themselves in the foot by overly believing their own BS.

But Bourdain did not stop there, next lashing out at the tidal wave of artificial political correctness sweeping over the nation: "I hate the term political correctness, the way in which speech that is found to be unpleasant or offensive is often banned from universities. Which is exactly where speech that is potentially hurtful and offensive should be heard" Bourdain said.

He continued:

The way we demonize comedians for use of language or terminology is unspeakable. Because that's exactly what comedians should be doing, offending and upsetting people, and being offensive. Comedy is there, like art, to make people uncomfortable, and challenge their views, and hopefully have a spirited yet civil argument. If you're a comedian whose bread and butter seems to be language, situations, and jokes that I find racist and offensive, I won't buy tickets to your show or watch you on TV. I will not support you. If people ask me what I think, I will say you suck, and that I think you are racist and offensive. But I'm not going to try to put you out of work. I'm not going to start a boycott, or a hashtag, looking to get you driven out of the business.

But it was his commentary on the arrogance of the liberal superclass that all other liberals (and conservatives) should note and learn from, and it is 100% accurate.

I've spent a lot of time in gun-country, God-fearing America. There are a hell of a lot of nice people out there, who are doing what everyone else in this world is trying to do: the best they can to get by, and take care of themselves and the people they love. When we deny them their basic humanity and legitimacy of their views, however different they may be than ours, when we mock them at every turn, and treat them with contempt, we do no one any good. Nothing nauseates me more than preaching to the converted.


The self-congratulatory tone of the privileged left—just repeating and repeating and repeating the outrages of the opposition—this does not win hearts and minds. It doesn't change anyone's opinions. It only solidifies them, and makes things worse for all of us. We should be breaking bread with each other, and finding common ground whenever possible. I fear that is not at all what we've done.

Bourdain is, of course, correct, although we fail to see how America manages to cross so many great divides - racial, ethnic, social, religious, and of course, wealth - in the near future, no matter who the president is, in a peaceful manner.

Finally, in an amusing twist, Bourdain despises such shining examples of self-righteous liberals as Bill Maher even more than he hates Trump. When asked what he thinks of Bill Maher, his answer was emphatic:

Insufferably smug. Really the worst of the smug, self-congratulatory left. I have a low opinion of him. I did not have an enjoyable experience on his show. Not a show I plan to do again. He's a classic example of the smirking, contemptuous, privileged guy who lives in a bubble. And he is in no way looking to reach outside, or even look outside, of that bubble, in an empathetic way.

In retrospect, if more people could see the world through Bourdain's eyes, there may still be hope.

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Raffie's picture

I do like his shows and is entertaining but did nto know he did not like Trump.

Mr.Sono's picture

he's show is on cnn. I stop watching him, when he started to get political. His show became to bias, I guess that's why he is a cnn bitch now.

Ralph Spoilsport's picture

I didn't know who this guy was until I read this article. One of many shows I'm not familiar with (and don't give a shit about) due to not having cable or a TV for quite a while now. The only thing I do miss is football but I can usually go party with neighbors and take in a game or two on Sundays.

ghengis86's picture

His travel channel show was good. Never saw the CNN show. What I saw of him, I liked back then. Seems he's got some reason in his noggin. One could at least have a sensible, civil debate with the man good enough for me.

ZD1's picture

Anthony Bourdain is typical CNN globalist and open borders elitist.

His CNN show sucks. Who has to travel the world to get exotic cuisine when it's mostly available here in the US after decades of open borders and unlimited immigration?

Mr.Sono's picture

he is just a messenger, maybe he will wake up one day.

wee-weed up's picture

Whatever you think of him...

He's right about the Lib elites.

gmrpeabody's picture

Too many drugs and bottles of booze... his opinions are dainted.

Handful of Dust's picture

Another left wing Libtard who is so confused he can't decide wehter to continue the DNC lies bashing The Donald, or speak up and tell the truth about the Fake News flooding out of cnn, npr and wapo.

bigkahuna's picture

I am not certain that these statist wierdos now known as "democrats" have any idea what is real information as opposed to statist propaganda.

Edit: the republicants seem to fair no better when the red team is thretened.

underman's picture


Michael Moore and this old junkie cook are not relevant in any way.


Reality Creator's picture

OMG the surplus population low-quality voters of the fly-over states need to continue ignorantly voting against their interests so they wipe themselves out.

They are not Real Americans! They are too stupid to comprehend the theory of evolution and so they do not know they're causing their own demise -- it's a large-scale Darwin Award they're soon to get. Natural Selection is such sweet sorrow!

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scsherman (not verified) Handful of Dust Dec 30, 2016 11:10 AM

I am neither DNC or RNC and although I voted for Trump, I am not exactly happy he was the only legitimate chance to prevent Hillary from destroying what is left of the country. Just by his cabinet choices, I already know that Donald Trump will likely leave the US worse off than it is now, but hopefully will do less damage than Bush or Obama did or Hillary surely would have.

Laddie's picture

Bourdain is Jewish and his viewpoint on the real America is universal, practically speaking, amongst the Tribe.

They control virtually everything that matters in the US.

They want any exposure SILENCED.

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It's also interesting he acknowledges the Jewish connection, since it's becoming increasingly obvious. Mr. Karnow, as he makes sure to tell us at the end of his column, is Jewish himself, and so, he also made sure to tell us, was Kallen. And one reason they like immigration so much is precisely because of what it does to the "Anglo Protestant core" of American civilization.

A couple of years ago, the Forward, the principal Jewish newspaper in the country, reported a remark made by Leonard Glickman, president and CEO of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, in explaining why his organization was promoting the resettlement of Somali refugees in the United States: "The more diverse American society is the safer [Jews] are." Mr. Glickman is not alone.

Perhaps for much the same reason, Jewish John Podhoretz, David Brooks and several others don't much like the very concept of an "Anglo Protestant core."

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Keyser's picture

Hey Tony, I used to enjoy your work... I read your books, watched your various TV shows even if they were on CNN... However that has changed now that you have taken a very public stand against our new POTUS... You antics have caused me to banish you from my viewing schedule and to lump you into the Charlie Sheen category of fucked up celebs that are out of touch with reality...  Now you try to crawfish by attacking democrats... Too little, too late, so fuck off to the village where you can bask in your fame, or lack thereof... Celebs like you with public political positions are going to pay the price... 

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scsherman (not verified) Keyser Dec 30, 2016 11:13 AM

You are a crazy person. He basically gave honest answers that make sense, but because you disagree with him politically you right him off entirely? If anything he just said what the majority of Americans feel. Even most people that voted for Trump aren't huge supporters of him. Most people voted for him to prevent Hillary Clinton from winning, not because they were convinced he is going to be the best president of all time.

Blankone's picture

When I had cable tv I stopped watching him after his show on the food of Texas.  Bourdain spent the show belittling Texans and telling us how abused the illegals were.  Of course he spent the show close to the Mexico border and almost all of it either in Mexico or talking to and showing us the illegals working in kitchens on the US side.  The kitchens were chain style restraunts found along highways.  The Texas people were all very nice to him but he edited the show and added comments to take a piss on them. 

He is a jew and uses his show to promote the message.

Walter_Sobchak's picture

I stopped watching after he went to Ohio and shat all over Skyline Chili.

cheka's picture

skype always poison the shows with their disgusting agendas

scsherman's picture
scsherman (not verified) Blankone Dec 30, 2016 11:18 AM

If you knew anything you would know that the majority of kitchen workers in the United States are immigrants both legal and illegal. He is a chef that worked in top restaurants and it is a fact that the restaurant industry is reliant on these people. I probably agree with you on most things, but when it comes to this issue I think Bourdain was right to bring it to the forefront. There are several industries that will be severely impacted by enforcing immigration law more strictly. I think it is the right decision, but it will ultimately have a big effect on most Americans in what they pay for food and other items and services.

kommissar's picture

it's about time we pay the correct market adjusted price for things, and honor the labor of those that make the things we buy!!  enslaving foreigners depricates wages for honest american workers and it's about godamn time we get honest about this!

phreezerburn's picture

Not really. You have a clear path to citizenship and part of that is the Work Visa program which runs almost entirely on declaration of sponsorship by prospective employers. They can operate in the light of day fully but choose not. I watched an American farmer crow about paying illegal farm hands $14/hr on CNN but not a single question about work safety, hours per day, days per week, taxation, worker's comp, pension contributions, health care... all of which add up to far more than the $14/hr he pays. Best yet, CNN interviews farmers who have government quota and fail to even mention just how insanely valuable that is.


A bit of local perspective, I know a turkey farmer who was offered millions for his quota. Not the large and profitable farm, nor the state of the art buildings in a prime location for such an operation. Not even the breeding stock itsef which is so genetically strong as to have been exported through miles of red tape was on the table. All they wanted was the government enforced perpetual wealth generating quota, the farmer's version of Old Money.

Mr.Sono's picture

he moved his show from travel channel to cnn.

here is from wiki

In 2005 he began hosting the Travel Channel's culinary and cultural adventure programs Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (2005–2012) and The Layover (2011–2013). In 2013, he switched to CNN to host Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.

11b40's picture

He has one of the best jobs in the world. He bounces from country to country eating and drinking and immersing himself in the various cultures. His is a truly fascinating life.

ZD1's picture

Many of us are waiting for him to go completely immerse himself with ISIS.

peddling-fiction's picture

Still pissed off about his show on Iran, Zionist Dick (ZD) ?

ZD1's picture

NeoCon Islamist bitch who is a pedophile that peddles fiction, I don't watch his shitty show and don't give a fuck about Iran.

How many times do I have to tell you pyscho NeoCon Islamist bitches that I'm not a Jew, Zionist, or a Christian Zionist?

BTW, ZD means ZD. If ZD is an acronym for anything, it can be zero derivatives.

peddling-fiction's picture

ZD, cry us a Zionist puddle of crocodile tears.

ZD1's picture

Be sure to look under your bed tonite because there might be a ZIONIST hiding under there.

You NeoCon Islamist bitches are fucking crazy.

peddling-fiction's picture

ZD *crying*, "the goyim are waking up."

ZD1's picture

You be *crying* cuz goyim and anyone with any sense is waking up and rejecting NeoCon Islamist bitches like you and your NeoCon Islamist masters like Ohomo.

MK13's picture

Look, anyone on TV almost has to say 'I don't agree with Trump' or face backlash - even if in their discussion all make arguments that are pro - Trump. Bourdain or financial writer like John Mauldin are all in the same boat in that regard. I don't know why we have come this far into idiocracy, but suppression of ideas and freedoms usually generates blowbacks like ones we are seeing now.

Escrava Isaura's picture

This article reminds me a Polish movie part that went like this:

This Jewish woman: Why did you kill my brother, the doctors, the teachers, ……

The Christian (Catholic) peasant: Because we were left with nothing while they took everything.  That’s why we killed them.

Contempt? Who cares for contempt.

It’s inequality, idiot.



ZD1's picture

The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.


Escrava Isaura's picture

Aristotle for dummies:“#t=2m50s




MK13's picture

Stop with lies that peasants killed Jews in Poland or anywhere in Eastern Europe. Those on farm in those days wanted to work the land and raise families - conservative values that made Europe successful. Wars and killing are what politician fuckers do - not pesasants.

Escrava Isaura's picture

Your statement would have some merit if you were comparing the mindset of a peasant versus a capitalist. A good example would be by comparing Central Americans “conservatives” peasants versus Americans mindset.

Second, humans have being taking, using others, and killing each other for thousands of years.

Third, your view is very selective and limited. Another great example, right here in America, are the pilgrims, that killed, pretty much, all the America indigenous population.

Another point in history of American imperialism (colonialism) “mindset” is clearly displayed on its “Manifest Destiny,” that, of course, you conveniently made yourself ignorant of it.


scsherman's picture
scsherman (not verified) Escrava Isaura Dec 30, 2016 11:21 AM

You are a communist troll and anything you have to say is invalid. Nobody like you or your kind on this site. Why do you insist on staying?

JRobby's picture

Learn how to write you idiot

Mr.Sono's picture
you mean type? douche bag
FrankDrakman's picture

No, he means "write", as put down words to be "read" by another person. Whether you do it with a pen and paper, chalk and blackboard, or keyboard and internet, it's still "writing" in English. 

A skill which you, as you've displayed repeatedly, have yet to master. 

Mr.Sono's picture

Really? Let me write this to you. GO FUCK YOUR SELF!

cheech_wizard's picture

Do you practice typing in caps in front of a mirror?

Twee Surgeon's picture

But.... The Internet is a global phenomenon, people are contributing from all over the planet, English is often their second or third tongue.

 Please respond in the native tongue of your grandparents, thanks.

scsherman's picture
scsherman (not verified) Twee Surgeon Dec 30, 2016 11:24 AM

English is all that matters. Good or bad doesn't matter. Other shitty languages are irrelavant except for cultural and historical purposes. If you are on an English speaking site and get corrected for bad English, suck it up and learn from it. Nobody gives a fuck what your grandparents used (BTW mine spoke English!).

Raffie's picture

The food part is good and where he is eatting is great I think.


sessinpo's picture

Yep. Not only that, Bordain is an obamanite. They both felt right at home in communist Vietnam smoking weiners together.

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scsherman (not verified) sessinpo Dec 30, 2016 11:26 AM

I've been to Vietnam and it is an amazing country. It isn't very communist at all especially in the South where they were building a new Ford plant while I was there. Amazing food. Hardworking people. They are also poised to become a major US ally in the region despite fighting a pretty nasty war with us not too long ago.


The guy has toured a lot of third world shit holes doing his program, and knows what reality looks like. 

Sounds like he is becoming illuminated with knowledge here at home, too.

Give him a few more years to come around to wanting to jail all of his ex lib tard high roller ex friends.