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Anthony Bourdain Slams Hillary Clinton

| by Sheena Vasani

Chef and TV personality Anthony Bourdain slammed former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton over comments she made about movie mogul Harvey Weinstein on CNN.

On Oct. 8, Clinton told CNN's Fareed Zakaria she was sickened by allegations Weinstein sexually assaulted a number of women, Page Six reports.

"I was shocked," she said. "I was appalled. It was something that was just intolerable in every way. You know, like so many people who’ve come forward and spoken out, this was a different side of a person who I and many others had known in the past."

Weinstein donated to both her presidential campaign and the Clinton Foundation.

Clinton added she wished she could give back the money, but will instead donate the funds to charity.

But to Bourdain -- whose girlfriend Asia Argento accused Weinstein of forcibly performing oral sex on her in 1997 -- the remarks were insincere.

"I have to say, Hillary’s interview with Fareed Zakaria was shameful in its deflection and its disingenuousness," he said on Twitter.

"Know what Hillary Clinton is NOT?" he added. "She’s not stupid. Or unsophisticated about the world. The Weinstein stories had been out there for years." 

He said she gave a "terrible response to questions about a 'friend' who’s been tormenting women for decades," before calling the interview "uninspiring."

"Secretary Clinton was one of the most intelligent, well prepared, well-briefed politicians ever," he said. "So, yes. I’d hoped for a better response."

"I have met Hillary Clinton," he added. "I liked her. I admired much about her. This interview was a real disappointment."

But not everybody agreed with Bourdain's comments.

"This is very disappointing and just a different kind of misogyny," replied one woman to Bourdain's tweets bashing Clinton.

"What was 'disingenuous?'" asked another person. "You guys are on this misogynistic purity quest and fail 2 see real prob  - POTUS!"

"Talk about deflectors..exactly what his tweet does..typical..blame everyone but the predator," commented a third. "And they ask why don't women speak up…"

"It’s not about your feelings," added another. "It’s about a power structure that supports patriarchal abuse. You attack the easiest [target]."

Others supported Bourdain's remarks.

"Uh..only that she willingly took his millions in exchange for her silence," shot back one person in response to tweets that this had nothing to do with Clinton. "She knew. Everyone that close to him (they were v close) knew."

Clinton wasn't the only one Bourdain criticized. He also lashed out against the media.

"For decades major news outfits spiked, ignored reporting and in some cases, actively enabled Harvey Weinstein," Bordain tweeted. "A hard look back in is order."

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