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Mario Batali Fends Off Abortion-Rights Opponents on Twitter

Bring it.
Bring it. Photo: Melissa Hom

Earlier this week, pro-life Twitter users pledged to boycott Mario Batali’s restaurants after the chef tweeted his support for a pro-choice telethon — to which the chef responded, Go right ahead. When one miffed follower tweeted: “Remind me never to eat at his place,” Batali obliged, and quickly at that: “Reminded!!” he fired back. “A boycott is a very good way to speak your mind!!!” The chef proceeded to spend the next half-hour engaged with his critics, retweeting the animosity-filled interactions, and dispensing bits of political philosophy, all of which is to say it made for some bizarre Twitter exchanges. Tom Colicchio even joined in at one point.

Here are some of Batali’s gallant deflections:

Reminded!! A boycott is a very good way to speak your mind!!! Ahh freedom!! RT. @BondSora:Remind me never to eat at his place…”— Mario Batali (@Mariobatali) November 20, 2013

Thx for the tip, I imagine you could give me even more life advice RT. @Pambeaux:@TXWomenForever Stay in the kitchen and out of politics.”— Mario Batali (@Mariobatali) November 19, 2013

You seem successful and delightful! RT. @USSANews: Pro choice? Then choose to eat a carrot once in a while you fat fuck. Just sayin…”— Mario Batali (@Mariobatali) November 19, 2013

Another dude in charge of women’s rights? RT. @Texas_Frog: Freedom to kill your unborn child? Good for you, you Croc-wearing lard ass.”— Mario Batali (@Mariobatali) November 21, 2013

And here’s Chef Tom, who’s got his back.

@Mariobatali I with you buddy— Tom Colicchio (@tomcolicchio) November 19, 2013

Somehow, we don’t see Babbo’s white-truffle-season menus taking a hit over this, but still, it’s oddly commendable and compelling that Batali’s pledged to keep the Twitter op-eds about freedom coming.

signing out for now but you all keep trying to pick a fight. I’ll be back to describe freedom every day and tell you why I believe in it!— Mario Batali (@Mariobatali) November 19, 2013

[Mario Batali/Twitter via Mediaite]

Mario Batali Fends Off Abortion-Rights Opponents on Twitter