In a new essay which comes after the allegations against people in the restaurant industry, Anthony Bourdain revealed he “unwaveringly” stands by women who have accused men of misconduct.
In his essay, Bourdain condemned the perpetrators of assault and harassment following the cases against Mario Batali and Ken Friedman, men whom with Bourdain is familiar.
During his paper, Bourdain wrote that he intends not to “waste time” by stating how shocked and appalled he is by the recent scandals.
Additionally, the chef stated he respected the men in the past but no longer holds that veneration following the reports of their behavior. Bourdain said now is the time to “pick a side” and he has chosen to stand behind women.
As you may know, Bourdain is the boyfriend to Asia Argento who came out vociferously against Harvey Weinstein. The actress claims Harvey Weinstein raped her when she was in her early twenties.
Bourdain writes that his girlfriend was part of the movement to expose all of the transgressions of scandalous men in high-powered positions, regardless of where they take place.
Anthony continues, in his essay, to express his admiration for women’s courage to come out as well as for women being patient enough to teach him. Bourdain said he has “hopefully become slightly less stupid” after stopping to listen to women’s stories.
Additionally, the chef expressed his remorse for perpetuating what Anthony called, “Meathead Bro-Culture,” with Kitchen Confidential. The celebrity chef stated he might have inadvertently contributed to a culture which inadvertently victimizes women.
As you may know, sexual assault, harassment, and rape allegations have dominated the headlines for the last two months with many high-profile figures losing their jobs as well as their reputations due to their misconduct. Most recently, Al Franken had to step down from the Senate in Minnesota for allegedly pretending to grope a woman while she slept, among other incidents.