Published Jul 16, 2018Last month, beloved food critic and television personality Anthony Bourdain tragically died of suicide at the age of 61. While the world still mourns his passing, we can now enjoy a collection of his endlessly quotable wit and toothy sociopolitical commentary via one last interview.
Popula recently published a lengthy interview with Bourdain that took place in February. In it, he offered plenty of commentary on everyone from Harvey Weinstein to the Clintons to Bernie Sanders.
"As much as I'd like to see him, you know, beaten to death in his cell," Bourdain started about Weinstein.
Then he instead painted an extremely bleak description of the disgraced producer's passing:
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 — he suddenly gets a massive fucking stroke — he stumbles backwards into the bathtub, where 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.
And he dies that way, knowing that no one will help him and that he is not looking his finest at time of death.
Further, Bourdain said that Bill Clinton should not have escaped his own sex scandals unscathed. He added that both Bill and Hillary were in the wrong for discrediting Monica Lewinsky in the face of the scandal:
Bill Clinton, look, the bimbo eruptions — it was fucking monstrous. That would not have flown today. A piece of shit. 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 fucking 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.
Discussing Bernie Sanders, Bourdain said he agreed with almost everything the Vermont senator had to say though he did manage to take a jab at the so-called "Bernie Bros":
He would have been a dream opponent for Trump. We live in a deeply racist society. We hate intellectuals, Jews — I'm a Jew and I'm thinking, believe me, you wanna talk about getting out the vote? You're gonna get a lot of fucking people out who don't plan to vote who'd vote just to keep the Jew outta the White House.
I find his supporters largely — his more vocal supporters — largely insufferable. In spite of the fact that I agree with him on just about everything, it's not like he's not talking sense, almost always he is.
Read the full Anthony Bourdain interview here.