Anthony Bourdain Fantasized About Harvey Weinstein’s Death In One Of His Final Interviews
One of Anthony Bourdain’s final interactions with the press was released on Sunday, and it has managed to raise more than a few eyebrows.
The interview, which was conducted by reporter Maria Bustillos for Popula magazine, went over a wide range of topics including Bill Clinton, drug use and the #MeToo movement.
Bourdain started out by calling Bill Clinton and the “bimbo eruptions” carried out by his confidants “f*****g monstrous,” and “unforgivable.”
But he reserved a bulk of his vitriol for disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein.
On Weinstein, he said:
However much people might want to see Harvey Weinstein dead or in jail, he’s in f*****g Arizona. He is in Arizona, eating in restaurants in Arizona.
And at off the grid restaurants in Arizona, so he can’t even eat at the best sushi restaurant in Scottsdale. He’s gotta go to some s**t f*****g place. So Arizona, I mean, as much as I’d like to see him, you know beaten to death in his cell–
Bustillos suggested it was “better to watch horrible people live and suffer the consequences,” prompting Bourdain to amplify his morbid tone.
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 f*****g 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.
I think we all knew Anthony Bourdain struggled with heavy thoughts about life and death before his suicide. But this offers a rare and uncensored look into how the chef and CNN host’s conscience dealt with immorality.
Bourdain may have been one of the most outspoken supporters of the #MeToo movement, but he almost seems more focused on Weinstein’s death than his actual wrongdoings. It’s chilling to read his thoughts on death — this detailed fantasy about Harvey Weinstein’s death makes me wonder just how much he must have thought about his own before taking it.
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