Anthony Bourdain was known for his strong, unfiltered opinions.
In a newly published interview for the magazine Popula originally conducted in February, the late “Parts Unknown” creator discussed a wide variety of subjects, from his career, travel, as well as politics and the #MeToo movement.
Asked about allegations of sexual misconduct against Bill Clinton, Bourdain described the former president as, “A piece of s**t. Entitled, rapey, gropey, grabby, disgusting, and the way that he—and [Hillary Clinton]—destroyed these women and the way that everyone went along, and, and are blind to this!”
He went on to describe Clinton’s behaviour as “unacceptable,” but added, “I don’t think he should’ve been thrown out of office for this.”
“I would look at this way. I would never under any circumstances vote for Bill Clinton today. But I think impeaching the guy over Lewinsky was ridiculous. Particularly given today,” Bourdain explained. “It was the shaming, discrediting, undermining the women that made both of them unsuitable for any future endeavours. I don’t think they should’ve pulled him from office.”
Bourdain also discussed Harvey Weinstein, and particularly what consequences he imagines the disgraced Hollywood producer might face over the many allegations of sexual assault against him.
“However much people might want to see Harvey Weinstein dead or in jail, he’s in f***ing Arizona,” Bourdain said, referring to reports at the time that of Weinstein being spotted at a restaurant. “He is in Arizona, eating in restaurants in Arizona.”
“He’s gotta go to some shit f***ing place,” Bourdain continued. “So Arizona, I mean, as much as I’d like to see him, you know beaten to death in his cell—”
Bourdain then imagined his own scenario for how Weinstein might die from a stroke while in the bathroom, and that nobody would answer is messages for help.
“And he dies that way, knowing that no one will help him and that he is not looking his finest at time of death,” he said.
In May, months after the interview was conducted, Weinstein was arrested in New York on charges of rape and other sexual misconduct. He has pled not guilty.
Bourdain died in June from suicide at age 61.