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Why Anthony Bourdain will be Missed by Many

On Friday morning, a celebrity chef named Anthony Bourdain passed away of an apparent suicide by hanging, at his hotel in France. He was in the process of working on brand new episodes of his show Parts Unknown.

People are already naturally wondering if he didn’t do something to anger the powers that be, wondering whether he actually took his own life or not. The first thing that comes to my mind is, he was in the middle of traveling and working and was found in a hotel room. Does it make sense to do this in a hotel room? I’m not sure, but it’s worth thinking about.

Extremely strong opinions about Anthony Bourdain can be found all over the Internet.

The man allegedly suffered from addiction to hard drugs in the past, but that is a very frequently used narrative to discredit people who could potentially threaten people in higher positions of power. Consider the reference to this strategy to discredit people as it was depicted in Stanley Kubrick’s final film, Eyes Wide Shut. In Eyes Wide Shut, the death of a young woman was explained away by the character saying “she was just a junkie.” We all know how that excuse works.


So what could have made Anthony Bourdain a target? He really didn’t do too much in the public eye from what can be easily gathered through some research. However, there are a few significant things to mention.

First of all, his wife, Italian actress Asia Argento spoke out about the sexual predator Harvey Weinstein, accusing him of rape with the full support of her husband Bourdain. That could have made him a target. Not only that, but she was one of the very first people to accuse Weinstein of such a thing.

Being Jewish, he sort of found himself in the circumstance where he was forced to visit Israel for his culinary show and report on Israel favorably.

Instead of pushing for the war narrative, he reported on the people of Palestine fairly and was apparently not joking and being silly as much as he usually was in Israel, which offended extremely critical pro-Israel people.

One article criticized his delicate, neutral coverage of Israel and Palestine:

“So intent on discussing politics and daily life he overlooks how religion impacts the region’s food and nearly misses the meal served to him on a visit to a Palestinian cooking school in the West Bank. And, most significantly, he leaves out any discussion of what defines Israeli cuisine and West Bank Palestinian cuisine.

Commenters and bloggers long criticized Bourdain’s delay in filming the show, saying he shied away from addressing the politically charged conflict — a claim that likely has some truth to it.”

A more appreciative article covering the food show host’s visit to Israel and Palestine said:

“The result was encouraging: a humanized portrait of both Palestinians and Israelis; a trip to Gaza where he witnesses the impact of the siege on fishermen there; and an ugly look at racist settlers intent on driving Palestinians out. There were imperfect moments, to be sure. But Bourdain’s episode was noteworthy for the ways it portrayed Palestinians, providing Americans a window into how ordinary Palestinians live–and eat. Food was as a highly visible backdrop to the episode, but the show kept circling back to the politics of the Holy Land.”

He was anti-war essentially, and didn’t fail to recognize the fact that Henry Kissinger is an evil warmonger.

The man did not play games and sell his soul like the rest of people who are made into celebrities.

He was fair to Iran, not taking the opportunity to demonize them as the US and Israel would have wanted.

So did this man sadly choose to take his own life in the middle of doing some work in France, in a hotel room of all places, or did something very strange and suspicious happen?

While that might sound biased toward drawing the conclusion that he did not take his own life, this article is really only biased toward the idea that this type of disguise for a person passing away generally happens a lot more than people are willing to recognize.

(Image credit: spettacoli, vigilantcitizen, cnn)

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