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Jersey Mike: Dude, I’m Totally Not Sexist

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Earlier today, readers of the Washington Post’s website lobbed some questions at their hometown boy Mike Isabella and not surprisingly, a few folks wanted to know what was up with that comment he made in the first episode, “No offense, but a girl shouldn’t be at the same level I am” (apparently, there’ve been calls to boycott his D.C. restaurant, Zaytinya). Here’s what Mike had to say for himself.

That was a joke. I don’t know why people take everything so seriously. I make a lot of jokes. I don’t claim to be better than everybody else, but I try to win every day and be better every day myself. I was raised in a broken family by my mother and my sister so I have plenty of respect for women. It was sarcastic. I’m friends with Jen also.

Later, Mike says, “Cocky? I can deal with that. Sexist? Not one bit. Not oooone bit.” Okay, so if he’s not a sexist woman-hater, then why does he keep hating on Robin (he says if he walked into a restaurant where Robin was chef, he’d order “nothing”! Nothing!) and why does he say that if he had a choice, he’d rather dine with Tom than Padma? Eh? Eh? Well, maybe this is why: “The harshest judge there is Padma. It’s her demeanor as a person. It’s who she is! It’s TV. She’s harsh and rude.” Hmmm, something tells us Padma won’t be ordering anything Mike cooks, either.

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Jersey Mike: Dude, I’m Totally Not Sexist