Anthony Bourdain is a national treasure. In a sea of TV personalities who avoid controversy like 50 Cent avoids creditors, Bourdain's candor and, let's call it what it is, willingness to talk shit is refreshing.
Especially when said shit is directed at Guy Fieri.
Bourdain's currently on his Close to the Bone tour, the chef's first foray into stand-up. The 90-minute show focuses on the world of cuisine, with special attention payed to the topics that irk Bourdain (plenty of material). And high on that list is other celebrity chefs.
Atlanta Magazine attended his show in the Fox Theatre, and reports that Tony began riffing on fatherhood:
The minute that you become a father, certain truths become immediately obvious to you. The first second you see your daughter’s head corkscrew out of the womb and open her eyes, they are pretty much saying “Lose the Ramones shirt.” . . . So I’ve made some adjustments in my life.
Which parlayed into this:
So I sort of feel in a heartfelt way for Guy [Fieri]. I wonder about him. He’s 52 years-old and still rolling around in the flame outfit . . . What does he do? How does Guy Fieri de-douche?
There's an article to be written counting the ways Fieri is a stain on human culture, draining the spirit of the viewing public. A dementor sucking at our collective soul. But that's for another time. Because we're not talking about what I think; we're talking about what Tony thinks.
And Bourdain's musings weren't constrained to just Fieri. Most notable was this quip about Man vs. Food star Adam Richman:
“Why did we watch that show? Admit it. You wanted him to die.”
Vote Anthony Bourdain in 2016.