In an interview released posthumously on Sunday, Anthony Bourdain discussed luxury, the Clintons and detailed and graphic fantasy of Harvey Weinstein’s death in the wake of the #MeToo movement.
Bourdain, who died by suicide in June, is survived by his girlfriend Asia Argento. Argento is a vocal critic of the Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein, whom she has accused of sexual assault.
It seems Argento’s views of Weinstein were shared by the late TV chef, as he excoriated him in the tell-all interview back in February, recently published by Popula.
First, Bourdain admonished Hillary Clinton for her “disappointing” condemnation of Weinstein, who had previously held fundraisers for her.
He said the response to his criticism at the time was frightening: “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.”
Asked whether Bill Clinton should have been impeached after the Lewinsky scandal, Bourdain said no, but called the former president “entitled, rapey, gropey, grabby” and “disgusting.”
“The way that he — and she [Hillary] — 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.”
Later in the interview, Bourdain described a brutal fantasy he had of Weinstein’s death.
Bourdain’s girlfriend Argento was among numerous women to accuse Weinstein of sexual assault or harassment last year in a New Yorker exposé, which helped spark the #MeToo movement after The New York Times published a powerful report revealing multiple allegations of sexual harassment against Weinstein just a few days prior.
Bourdain himself was a fierce supporter of the movement and often spoke about sexual misconduct in the food industry before his death.
Weinstein currently faces numerous charges for sex offenses and is accused by more than 70 women of sexual misconduct including rape.
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