Thursday, November 10, 2011

Mario Batali compares bankers to Hitler and Stalin

By now, many of you may know that Mario Batali compared bankers to Hitler and Stalin, out in the open, at a public event.

Well, soon after the remarks were uttered, Batali quickly realized he may have step in his own poo and apologized.
But the Wall Street people, who expensive wallets with money, aren't ready to forgive him.

Mario made his comments during a Time magazine Person of the Year debate.
His anti big bank vitriol went like this: “So the ways the bankers have kind of toppled the way money is distributed and taken most of it into their hands is as good as Stalin or Hitler and the evil guys." "They’re not heroes, but they are people that had a really huge effect on the way the world is operating.”

Honestly, he should stick to cooking.

The next day, he made a mad dash to re-explain himself through a spokeswoman: “To remove any ambiguity about my appearance at yesterday’s Time Person of the Year panel, I want to apologize for my remarks. It was never my intention to equate our banking industry with Hitler and Stalin, two of the most evil, brutal dictators in modern history.”

Really, he should just stick to cooking.

But it may be too little to late.
Wall Street tempers have not been soothed reports Bloomberg, which notes that hundreds of users took to Bloomberg terminals interactive Dine function to tear into Batali and call for the boycott of his 20 restaurants.

Perhaps chef Batali forgot that these bankers are the ones who can afford his tasting menus at $600.

The apology may be meaningless to bankers and investors who
spend big money at Batali's eateries.

Batali, just may have to eat his Stalin and Hitler remarks because angry bankers are using Twitter to encourage each other to boycott Batali restaurants.

Here are some sample Tweets: "Credit derivatives trader calls me: “I spent $4,000 on a white truffle dinner on Monday at Babbo. This is shitty. I feel used.”

"Hey Nazi Banksters, come eat my overpriced, overrated food that only you can afford regularly….love M. Batali XXXOOO."

Some celebrity chefs forget who and what they are, and bite the hand that feeds them.