Anthony Bourdain Looks To Change ‘Hearts And Minds’

Anthony Bourdain has never been one to hold his tongue.

During an event to promote “The Perfect Dish”, which is an 8-part series part of his hit show “Parts Unknown”, Bourdain revealed his surprise visiting Iran for the Emmy-award winning series,

“But I have to say, I am pleased to go to Iran [for example] and show people who are willing to watch: This is who we’re talking about. I was completely enchanted by my experience in Iran. My crew and I… walking around with cameras, have seldom been treated with such guileless affection by random people,” he said. “Right under the ‘Death to America’ poster… everyone was kind to us. [I hope viewers are] surprised like I was. Open your mind a little bit, and experience if you can, in a very subjective way, what I experience a little bit. I don’t know if it changes hearts and minds, but I hope it does.”

Anthony Bourdain’s shows have always had a flair for finding a balance between food, culture, and politics. While on stage, he provided on topics such as Donald Trump and macho kitchen culture in restaurants.

“I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. I get called out a lot by people, people whose views are different than mine.”

Bourdain remarked how he remembers being treated in other countries that he visited with “disdain”, as an American. These days, however, it is a little different.

“…Pity,” he said, “is not something I’m used to getting from others.”

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