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Gab users respond to Anthony Bourdain’s death with conspiracy theories and hate

Gab users pay tribute to Anthony Bourdain

By David Futrelle

Yesterday, Twitter was filled with heartfelt tributes to Anthony Bourdain, the outspoken chef-turned-author-and-television-personality who had taken his own life the night before.

Some shared stories; some expressed gratefulness for the solidarity he showed to women and the #metoo movement and his sincere appreciation of cultures other than his own; some shared screenshots of his pointed takedowns of moral monsters like Henry Kissinger, the man he hated above all others on planet earth for what he and Nixon did to Cambodia.

Others on Twitter talked about suicide and the depression that too often triggers it, sharing their own experiences and offering support for those battling their own darkness.

Today, I thought I would see what people were saying about Bourdain on Gab. the so-called “free speech” Twitter alternative that has become a haven for literal Nazis, ironic Nazis, conspiracy theorists, and assorted other terrible people.

Paging through the past ten hours or so of Anthony Bourdain talk on the site, I found little more than batshit conspiracy theories and over-the-top hate.

The only commenters who felt any sadness at his death, it seemed, were those convinced he had been “Hillaried” — murdered or forced into suicide — because he had been preparing to release damning information implicating the “satanic” pedophile Jewish cabal that they have convinced themselves runs the world. I found only a tiny handful of posts from those troubled by Bourdain’s death or concerned about suicide.

As you read through the following comments, bear in mind that these aren’t outliers; they are in fact rather typical of the response to Bourdain’s death on Gab. Many if not most of those I didn’t screenshot expressed similar if not identical sentiments, if sometimes a little less colorfully.

It’s difficult to get screenshots of Gab comments with text large enough to read comfortably, so I will follow most of these comments with their text.

“He was PC…That is trash! He was subhuman filth! Humanity is better without him!”

“degen druggie jew killed himself. hopefully they all follow his example.”
 
 “what if and just what if all these suicides are not suicides but scoop ups and being put in witness protection ?”
 
“He was an anti-White Jew. 

“Bourdain promoted White Genocide:”

“Bordain Murdered? islamonazi Minions like Mike Loser @WolverineTongueStreudel Piss @StreudelHiss are out in force smearing & preventing light of truth to shine. Boudain got red-pilled of late and created an episode to air on his CNN show which was sent to and in the possession of Alex Jones. This will air in good time.”

“HOW COME NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT THIS CONNECTION???

Anthony Bourdain girlfriend was member of the “red witches” society.

Yes, Israel-Firsters &/or Jew-Firsters, Jews actually DO practice black magic.

They call it ‘Kabbalah’.

Tell me again how Satanic sorcerers are ‘Gods Chosen People.

I need a good LOL.”

“The more baby boomers who die off, the more we can progress towards fixing this world and creating a Final Solution for the J Question. Baby boomers, can you hurry up and drop dead?”
 
“Just another white hating kike. Nothing of value was lost. His death is a net positive. Shame he was able to go on his own terms and not shot in the spine on his way to the store. Would have been nice to see that shit stain linger for a while. Oh well, at least he died.”

“How would this Jew know about this if he wasn’t in on the scam?  How does he know what private intelligence agencies do?”

Sorry, I have to interject here: BECAUSE ALL OF THIS WAS WIDELY REPORTED IN THE MEDIA. Which you would know if you paid attention to real media instead of Fox News or 4chan or Alex Jones or wherever the hell you get your “news.” Or if you had taken three seconds to Google.

 

They really can’t decide if he was a murdered “red pill” hero on the verge or proving all their conspiracy theories correct, or “just another white hating kike” they’re glad to see dead.

Oh, apparently (at least in the fevered brains of alt-right assholes) he also had AIDS — or, as many on the far-right insist on calling it, GRIDS, which stands for Gay-Related Immune Deficiency Syndrome, a phony acronym based on what AIDS was originally called before anyone really knew what it was.

“He gleefully celebrated your demise… don’t be afraid to celebrate his.”

“Did Anthony Bourdain Off Himself Thinking About His GF Fucking Harvey Weinstein?

“‘But imagine being Bourdain and finding out that your gf had sex on purpose with Harvey Weinstein.’

“note: I thought Bourdain was one of the gays?”

I don’t even know what the fuck this guy is talking about:

“No doubt it was a satanic blood ritual sacrifice by the degenerates at CNN to help save their platform. It wouldn’t surprise me if wasn’t placed in a cartoon or film for predictive programming of the event.”

Meanwhile, Gab admins and their apologists continue to insist that the site isn’t all about monetizing hate. Yes somehow every public conversation I look at on the site seems to end up just like this one.

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PeeVee the Tired
PeeVee the Tired
2 years ago

Vile and detestable. I have notbing more to say about these cretinous sacks of pus.

Dreamer
Dreamer
2 years ago

I can’t read these yet. Not ready.

Alex Stark
Alex Stark
2 years ago

And then there’s this vile response from the Facebook page Patriarcha (which characteristically adds a completely baseless sexual fetish component) – a page which I respectfully suggest would reward closer examination as yet another regular source of neo-reactionary alt right misogyny

Pyrrho
Pyrrho
2 years ago

One of the great things about sites like this is that one can know a bit about what is going on in the bowels of the internet without visiting them for oneself. It is just too disgusting for many of us to want to do for ourselves. So I thank David Futrelle and others for their efforts, but sometimes even getting just the highlights is more than one wants. This comment is not merely about this one post; it is more a cumulative effect of reading many of them. It is unrelenting in how revolting it all is.

Chris O
Chris O
2 years ago

All I have to say is…Fuck Gab.

Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
2 years ago

“The more baby boomers who die off, the more we can progress towards fixing this world and creating a Final Solution for the J Question. Baby boomers, can you hurry up and drop dead?”

As a baby boomer, I’m hurt. No, really.

The J Question: Jimmy Stewart? Jalapeno? Jamboree?

MayhemSaint
MayhemSaint
2 years ago

I’ve never heard of this Anthony Bourdain fellow before his death, but he seemed nice.

Also, someone needs to hold Gab’s moderators responsible for their continuing to wage war on sanity, logic, and basic human decency. Every time I read one of these Gab quotes, I lose more faith in humanity.
Mr. Futrelle, you’re a stronger person than I for being able to gaze into this abyss and come back unscathed.

Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
2 years ago

Anthony Bourdain praised by food critic whose Olive Garden review he defended

Marilyn Hagerty was 85 when she was mocked over a positive review of the chain. The chef publicly came to her aid

For her praise of the widely derided chain, Hagerty was subjected to widespread online mockery. Bourdain, one of the most famous faces in food journalism in the world, quickly came to her defence.

“Marilyn Hagerty’s years of reviews [are] a history of dining in the America too few of us from the coasts have seen,” he tweeted. “We need to see.” . . .

Hagerty’s newfound fame brought her to New York, where she reviewed a street hot dog cart for the New York Times. She met Bourdain and he ended up editing and writing the foreword to a book of her collected reviews.

“She is never mean,” he wrote, “even when circumstances would clearly excuse a sharp elbow, a cruel remark. In fact, watching Marilyn struggle to find something nice to say about a place she clearly loathes is part of the fun. She is, unfailingly, a good neighbour and good citizen first – and entertainer second.”

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/jun/09/anthony-bourdain-olive-garden-marilyn-hagerty

Sister Bat'leth of Rational Discussion
Sister Bat'leth of Rational Discussion
2 years ago

I had no idea who he was either, but among all the adulation on my Facebook feed I found something very disturbing. Bourdain hated fat people. Not “he told some fat jokes”, not “bought into the idea that being fat is automatically unhealthy”, but actually said that fat people should be quarantined from society until they either “develop self-discipline” or die. The friend who wrote that said that she’d gone to one of his public appearances because he seemed nice and she liked what he wrote, and left the event in tears knowing that someone she had admired hated her enough to advocate for her death.

I don’t care how many people say “don’t speak ill of the dead” — this is the sort of thing that should be spoken of, so that it doesn’t get lost in a wave of whitewash.

Katherine the Adequate
Katherine the Adequate
2 years ago

Of course Alex Jones is mixed up in the filth. I don’t want to violate the rules, but how can the people who post that nonsensical garbage be in touch with any sort of reality? They sound like they pose a danger to society, seriously.

Katherine the Adequate
Katherine the Adequate
2 years ago

Kat,

Marilyn Hagerty, she writes for the Grand Forks (ND) Herald, right? She’s a treasure.

http://www.grandforksherald.com/community/people/4457711-watch-marilyn-hagerty-remembers-anthony-bourdain

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
2 years ago

how can the people who post that nonsensical garbage be in touch with any sort of reality?

His defence in the Sandy Hook defamation case is that he’s an entertainer playing a character and it’s not meant to be taken seriously.

To me that’s even more loathsome than if he actually believes the guff he comes out with.

Katherine the Adequate
Katherine the Adequate
2 years ago

Alan,

The trouble is, certain individuals do believe his garbage. And they walk among us, and they vote.

Catalpa
Catalpa
2 years ago

Also, someone needs to hold Gab’s moderators responsible for their continuing to wage war on sanity

Please follow the comments policy.

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
2 years ago

@ Katherine

Yeah, and that’s why he’s so dangerous. If I shout ‘fire’ in the proverbial crowded theatre, the people crushed to death won’t care that I was only joking.

Ooglyboggles
Ooglyboggles
2 years ago

@Katherine the Adequate
Alex Jones is the worst kind of person who is maliciously using his microphone to harm others and is allowed to.

Tosca, Chaos made Flesh, Servant of the Purring Jew
Tosca, Chaos made Flesh, Servant of the Purring Jew
2 years ago

Gab admins and their apologists continue to insist that the site isn’t all about monetizing hate.

Nononononon, it’s about free speech!! There was a niche in the market! We’re simply providing a service! There’s no monetising hate here!!!

It does appear that our main users are those too hateful for Twitter, Reddit and fucking 4Chan to stomach; it is true that without our platform they would be reduced to putting up physical flyers under cover of night; and it is true we’re making money from giving them a platform. But this does not mean we’re monetising hate!! No no no. We’re providing a service.

Why do you hate Freedom??

Axecalibur: Middle Name Danger
Axecalibur: Middle Name Danger
2 years ago

The gift of Gab, eh? Return to sender for sure. Blergh…

sunnysombrera
sunnysombrera
2 years ago

I didn’t know much about Bourdain either until his death but considering that the catering industry is notorious for unchecked harassment, I’m glad he sided with #metoo.

the real cie
the real cie
2 years ago

Sister Bat’leth brought it up first.
I’m sorry that Bourdain committed suicide. But he was very mean-spirited when it came to larger people. I don’t think that should be swept under the rug.
That being said, those awful people and their wretched comments should board the next rocket ship to the center of the sun. The world would be a better place for their departure. Although their presence might upset the sun.

Moggie
Moggie
2 years ago

Didn’t follow Bourdain, but isn’t he the guy who compared vegans to Hezbollah?

It’s important to shine a light on what happens on Gab, but, personally, it’s not what I needed to read right now. I just finished Amanda Marcotte’s Troll Nation, and I’m hoping for an asteroid impact soon, because I feel like humanity is unfixable.

Malitia
Malitia
2 years ago

I was really confused where I know Bourdains name from as I don’t follow the culinary world at all. Then it hit me: He was the writer of a food themed horror anthology comic (Hungry Ghosts) by Dark Horse recently. It looked interesting but I didn’t pick up because money, and because critics were very divided on it (either the best thing ever and he can do no wrong, or drivel not worth the paper it’s printed on).

Eldridge the Cleaver
Eldridge the Cleaver
2 years ago

It will never surprise me just how low the alt-right will go in terms of awfulness.

Miss Edgy Nation
Miss Edgy Nation
2 years ago

Also, someone needs to hold Gab’s moderators responsible for their continuing to wage war on REALITY

fify

TB Tabby
TB Tabby
2 years ago

Just once, it would be nice if people could wait until the body was cold before writing this shit.

Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
2 years ago

This is too disgusting to even read, so instead: Are we going to get a thread about Canadian Trumpists’ and BernieBros’ (but I repeat myself) responses to Trump declaring war on Canada? That’d be hilarious.

weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee

Bernie himself has been tweeting very disapprovingly of Trump’s G7 behavior (which according to Larry Kudlow was mostly to impress Kim Jong Un) so I don’t know that the Bernie bros will take Trump’s side here. Unless you’re just referring to the ones that aren’t progressive at all but just supported Bernie to oppose Hillary Clinton?

Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
2 years ago

Unless you’re just referring to the ones that aren’t progressive at all but just supported Bernie to oppose Hillary Clinton?

Yeah, whenever I say BernieBros, I mean them.

Moggie
Moggie
2 years ago

WWTH:

which according to Larry Kudlow was mostly to impress Kim Jong Un

Well, I already knew Trump is deluded, but now I know Kudlow is too. This doesn’t make Trump look strong!

On a lighter note: that photo by Jesco Denzel (the one with Merkel leaning on the table) is terrific, and will probably be one of the defining images of this presidency.

weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee

Well, Kudlow is a supply sider, so we already knew he was willfully deluded. I’m not surprised by this at all.

K.
K.
2 years ago

I’ve already asked my Friendly Local Comic Shop to pull me a copy of “Hungry Ghosts” when it comes out in trade in Sept. Time to reread “Get Jiro” in the meantime.

Full Metal Ox
2 years ago

And then we have the ambassadors of good cheer posting to Asia Argento’s Twitter account to blame her for Bourdain’s suicide.

Surplus to Requirements, Observer of the Vast Blight-Wing Enstupidation
Surplus to Requirements, Observer of the Vast Blight-Wing Enstupidation
2 years ago

Is this “Hungry Ghosts” thing based off Buddhist mythology?

BD1
BD1
2 years ago

All I have to say is…Fuck Gab.

It’s doing that just fine to itself all on its own. I think its entire membership would fit in a few phone booths, and its been stuck at those numbers for over a year.

Miss Cobalt
Miss Cobalt
2 years ago

@sister bat’leth and the real cie
I find it odd that a chef would hate fat people

I believe you, but I find that very odd

Malitia
Malitia
2 years ago

@Surplus to Requirements, Observer of the Vast Blight-Wing Enstupidation

I’ve not read it so I’ve no clue how far eastern the stories actually get, but this was Dark Horse’s solicitation text for it and it promises “very”:

On a dark, haunted night, a Russian oligarch dares a circle of international chefs to play the samurai game of 100 Candles–where each storyteller spins a terrifying tale of ghosts, demons and unspeakable beings–and prays to survive the challenge.

Inspired by the Japanese Edo period game of Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai, Hungry Ghosts reimagines the classic stories of yokai, yorei, and obake, all tainted with the common thread of food.

Also what critics thought about it (link to review aggregator site):

https://comicbookroundup.com/comic-books/reviews/dark-horse-comics/hungry-ghosts

bluecat
bluecat
2 years ago

Good lord, how ugly!

I think the contradictions, the illogic, the let’s say distant relationship with anything like a fact, is all part of the alt-right thing.

Like scam emails seem to have become less convincing and with more errors: it weeds out the people who can spot when something is not right, as they are far more likely to ask the odd inconvenient question (like: do I really have a billionaire cousin I’ve never heard of who wants to send me money?) Because you want to focus on the people who won’t notice – or, with this hate-fuelled bunch, don’t care if it’s true, or plausible, or contradictory, so long as they get their hate hit.

A few decades of this kind of mental training, weeding out people who ask questions or even just say “steady on!”, and constant reinforcement of the worst possible impulses, and what do we get?

Gab, seems to be what we get.

Katamount
Katamount
2 years ago

With most of these being boiler-plate anti-Semitic trash, I did find that first post to be worth drilling down into.

“He was PC…That is trash! He was subhuman filth! Humanity is better without him!”

This is the long game with these guys. To conflate basic human decency with being “PC” and then make being “PC” into a threat to freedom grave enough to be opposed with violence. This is the past week we saw David Hogg “SWATted” after all.

The article that Dave posted in the previous post by Sady Doyle touched on the way online harassment is used for narrative control. These people really do think that there are no bounds for narrative control; it’s not so much the message they care about, it’s their power to control it. In online spaces, it’s the ultimate means of asserting dominance.

And I really don’t know what to do about it. The quote-unquote “free market” will tolerate it, anonymity means they can’t be exposed (not that I would condone doxxing) and they’re entirely without shame. Short of a wholesale cultural awakening or some kind of epiphany on the part of the unaccountable heads of social media companies… all I can think of is settings a better example than these jokers.

bekabot
bekabot
2 years ago

Christ, is this depressing. An excellent, talented man with the kind of family tree which could furnish plots for six or seven epic novels dies and all these skulkers and squirmers can think to do is to spit poison on his memory. Rarely do I feel the need to take my brain out and wash it but I feel the need now. Eueuchhhhhhh.

Sam
Sam
2 years ago

I had no idea who he was either, but among all the adulation on my Facebook feed I found something very disturbing. Bourdain hated fat people. Not “he told some fat jokes”, not “bought into the idea that being fat is automatically unhealthy”, but actually said that fat people should be quarantined from society until they either “develop self-discipline” or die. The friend who wrote that said that she’d gone to one of his public appearances because he seemed nice and she liked what he wrote, and left the event in tears knowing that someone she had admired hated her enough to advocate for her death

I can’t find anything across the internet about Bourdain hating fat people. I tried looking up those sentiments with various wording but nothing came up. I did find his comments about not liking vegetarians and vegans, at least in the context of exploring other cultures and feeling it was narrow minded product of the first world.

Hambeast
Hambeast
2 years ago

Miss Cobalt said

@sister bat’leth and the real cie
I find it odd that a chef would hate fat people

I believe you, but I find that very odd

Maybe so, but I seem to remember that Alton Brown (who had a very good show called Good Eats) was the same way.

@Sam – Here’s a video clip of Bourdain discussing obesity with Ted Nugent, of all people: https://www.travelchannel.com/videos/tony-chews-the-fat-with-ted-nugent-0141516

Surplus to Requirements, Observer of the Vast Blight-Wing Enstupidation
Surplus to Requirements, Observer of the Vast Blight-Wing Enstupidation
2 years ago

@Miss Cobalt:

I find it odd that a chef would hate fat people

I guess you could say … he doesn’t know what side his bread is buttered on!

badum-TISS

PaganReader - Misandrist Spinster

I find it odd that a chef would hate fat people

I believe you, but I find that very odd

You say that like bigotry is rational.