Weeks before celebrity chef and television host Anthony Bourdain tragically hung himself at age 61 in a hotel room, he gave a wide-ranging interview in Popula magazine. While Bourdain was always one for speaking his mind, this wide-ranging interview is particularly explosive, as Bourdain refers to former President Bill Clinton as “entitled, rapey, gropey, grabby, disgusting” and describes his disappointment with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
Bourdain also shared his thoughts about how he imagined Harvey Weinstein, a major Hillary Clinton donor, would die. Bourdain’s then-girlfriend has accused Weinstein of sexual assault.
The interview took place in February with Maria Bustillos, but it was only published this weekend. It’s contents are NSFW, and Bourdain clearly was ready to speak his mind in the most unfiltered style possible.
Fittingly, the 2.5-hour interview took place in one of Bourdain’s favorite Irish pubs. (RELATED: The 5 Most Dangerous Places Anthony Bourdain Visited)
As Bustillos explains, “He talked about #MeToo and the powerful forces of evil arrayed against decent people, about Rose McGowan, about raising daughters, about the sexual mores of the 1970s.” And, “(h)e told me how he imagined the death of Harvey Weinstein, a hilarious, weirdly specific fantasy that I’ll share with you in a moment. We talked about luxury, too.”
First, he explained how disappointed he was at Hillary Clinton after the Harvey Weinstein scandal became public:
Bourdain: [W]atching the Clinton apology on Weinstein, and [Asia’s] watching this statement, there was a lot of anticipation. People were really hoping she’d come out with a… I don’t know. Let’s just say with something different. I immediately tweeted my disappointment, very much shaped by what I saw around me. And I will tell you, that was really f***ing frightening, the reaction to that. You know, I voted for her.
Bustillos: I did, too.
Bourdain: I was really disappointed with the statement. But even by expressing that, the way that my comment was turned, very neatly—suddenly I wasn’t expressing disappointment in her statement; I was blaming her for Harvey Weinstein’s crimes. The way that turned very nicely was a good bit of artistry and deeply frightening to me and really, really …
Bourdain admitted he had “no love for the Clintons.” Then, he took the gloves off:
Bourdain: Bill Clinton, look, the bimbo eruptions—it was f***ing monstrous. That would not have flown today. A piece of sh*t. Entitled, rapey, gropey, grabby, disgusting, and the way that he—and she—destroyed these women and the way that everyone went along, and, and are blind to this! Screamingly apparent hypocrisy and venality. How you can on the one hand howl at the moon about all these other predators. And not at least look back. OK, let’s say, well, it was all consensual: powerful men, starstruck women, okay fine, let’s accept it at its most charitable interpretation. Fine. He is a very charming man, I met him, he’s f***ing magnetic. As is she. When you’re in the room, you think wow, she’s really warm and nice and funny. But the way they efficiently dismantled, destroyed, and shamelessly discredited these women for speaking their truth is unforgivable. Unforgivable. Why didn’t we get rid of them? We should’ve gotten rid of them back then.
Then, Bourdain colorfully imagined how Weinstein would die:
When speaking about Weinstein, the celebrity chef detailed how he wants the film producer to die.
“My theory of how he goes is, uh, he’s brushing his teeth in a bathroom, he’s naked in his famous bathrobe, which is flapping open, he’s holding his cell phone in one hand because you never know who on the Weinstein board has betrayed him recently, and he’s brushing his teeth,” Bourdain said.
Bourdain added that he imagines Weinstein getting a “massive f—ing stroke,” before falling backwards into a bathtub.
“He finds himself, um, with his robe open feet sticking out of the tub, and in his last moments of consciousness as he scrolls through his contacts list trying to figure out who he can call, who will actually answer the phone,” the celebrity chef said.
“And he dies that way, knowing that no one will help him and that he is not looking his finest at time of death,” Bourdain said.
Sadly, Bourdain was found unresponsive on June 8 in the bathroom of a luxury hotel in the small town of Kaysersberg. He was in France filming a new episode of CNN’s “Parts Unknown.”
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