Anthony Bourdain slams ‘privileged left’ on political correctness

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 16: Host Anthony Bourdain attends the panel discussion for "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations" during the Discovery Networks' Travel Channel presentation at the 2005 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 16, 2005 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
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The new year is almost here and President-Elect Trump will be taking office in no time. But the question still remains: what cost the Democratic Party the election? According to Anthony Bourdain, the left has “so much” to criticize.

The experienced chef is best-known for his television show Parts Unknown and bestselling memoir, Kitchen Confidential. However some may not know that he is also an avid liberal who has some harsh words of criticism for other liberals on political correctness among other things.

Bourdain sat down with Alexander Bisley of Reason to discuss his many critiques in an interview:

Bisley: You’re a liberal. What should liberals be critiquing their own side for?

Bourdain: There’s just so much. 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.

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.

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.

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 believes that the right and left should break bread together, and many frustrated Americans may agree. However, he said that he will never eat at any of Donald Trump’s DC hotel restaurants; so maybe he won’t be breaking bread with Trump anytime soon.

While Bourdain admits to being a staunch liberal, he also has the ability to condemn the left and point out what may have cost them the election. Is it time for republicans and democrats to call out the faults in their own parties and extend a peace offering to one another?

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