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:
I support a woman's right to make her own decisions about her own body. It's called liberty. Look it up! It's cool!! RT. @Michael_Haz— Mario Batali (@Mariobatali) November 21, 2013
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
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