Batali Says Sorry for Hitler Reference, As Anger Continues to Flare

Does the punishment fit the crime?

After a barrage of negative press and boycotting threats, Mario Batali has addressed his highly offensive bankers are Hitler rant in a more apologetic light, though without redacting his opinion that journalist Jeff Bercovici took his words out of context for Forbes' own press-whorage. He tweeted: “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.” Forbes isn't really feeling it.

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