LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Asia Argento and Anthony Bourdain attend the 2017 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

Bourdain openly discussed and criticized harassment and assault issues in the food industry — and Bourdain, as a man, took a hard look at his own past to question why women did not come to him to talk about such things.

Mahita Gajanan
June 08, 2018

Celebrity chef and television host , is being for his advocacy and allyship in the #MeToo movement.

Bourdain openly discussed and criticized harassment and assault issues in the food industry — and Bourdain, as a man, took a hard look at his own past to question why women did not come to him to talk about such things.

“I came out of a brutal, oppressive business that was historically unfriendly to women,” he said on in January. “I knew a lot of women, it turned out, who had stories about their experiences — about people I knew — who did not feel I was the sort of person they could confide in.”

After celebrity chef was accused of sexual harassment by 25 women, Bourdain tweeted that it was “the beginning of an end of institutionalized Meathead Culture in the restaurant business.”

The beginning of the end of institutionalized Meathead Culture in the restaurant business.

— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain)

Bourdain, too, had to reconcile with his own contribution to what he called the meathead culture. In an interview with last October, Bourdain acknowledged how kitchens became a place for harassment, particularly when they are most often run by men who feel empowered to bully those below them. And although Bourdain said he tried to remove himself from a reputation of a “macho” persona, he knew it became a part of him after a certain point.

“I am a guy on TV who sexualizes food. Who uses bad language. Who thinks our discomfort, our squeamishness, fear and discomfort around matters sexual is funny. I have done stupid offensive shit,” he told Slate. “And because I was a guy in a guy’s world who had celebrated a system—I was very proud of the fact that I had endured that.”

Bourdain began speaking out after his girlfriend, the actor Asia Argento, last October, the chef often spoke out about pervasive harassment and assault and vocally supported Argento. (Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.)

When you went on record, you were sure this day would never come, that you would be crushed, that you were alone. And yet you did it anyway.

— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain)

When you went on record, you were sure this day would never come, that you would be crushed, that you were alone. And yet you did it anyway.

— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain)

Many women and #MeToo advocates commended Bourdain for his continuous support. The actor Rose McGowan, who has accused Weinstein of rape, posted a video Friday, crying and encouraging people to reach out to suicide hotlines.

A horrible loss - contributed so much to the world of food/drink/culture & was among the few willing to take a look in the mirror during the height of & be rightfully critical of some of his abusive peers. Condolences to his many friends.

— Sarah Boesveld (@sarahboesveld)

this is the least of it, but Anthony Bourdain had one of the most insightful responses to allegations -- in his industry and others -- of any man in public life

— Jessica Goldstein (@jessicagolds)

bourdain unabashedly supportive when his partner came forward about harvey weinstein and continually a male voice in support of

— J. Escobedo Shepherd (@jawnita)

One more aspect of 's life that shouldn't be overlooked: He spoke up about without ambivalence and with eloquence and with remorse. I loved "Kitchen Confidential" in 2000 but this piece from December is even better

— Ellen K. Pao (@ekp)

If you or someone you know may be contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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