Bour­dain calls Clin­ton’s We­in­stein re­sponse ‘shame­ful’

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Celebrity chef and tele­vi­sion host An­thony Bour­dain late Wed­nes­day blasted Hil­lary Clin­ton’s re­sponse to the scan­dal en­gulf­ing her long­time donor, pro­ducer Har­vey We­in­stein, who has been ac­cused of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing and ha­rass­ing dozens of women.

Clin­ton ear­lier in the day had sat for an in­ter­view with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria as part of her book-pro­mo­tion tour, and talk turned to We­in­stein.

The for­mer Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date de­clared her­self “ap­palled” by the al­le­ga­tions against him.

“It was some­thing that was just in­tol­er­a­ble in ev­ery way,” she said.

“And, you know, like so many peo­ple who’ve come for­ward and spo­ken out, this was a dif­fer­ent side of a per­son who I and many oth­ers had known in the past.”

But her con­dem­na­tion of We­in­stein, who hosted fundrais­ers for Clin­ton and for Pres­i­dent Barack Obama in ad­di­tion to giv­ing to many Demo­cratic pols, wasn’t enough for some view­ers. Bour­dain — whose girl­friend Asia Ar­gento ac­cused We­in­stein of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing her — tweeted a se­ries of crit­i­cisms:

“And I have to say, Hil­lary’s in­ter­view with Fareed Zakaria was shame­ful in its de­flec­tion and its disin­gen­u­ous­ness.”

Oth­ers had called out Clin­ton for be­ing slow to con­demn We­in­stein: af­ter the New York Times dropped its block­buster story, sev­eral Democrats were quick to an­nounce they would do­nate We­in­stein’s money to char­ity, but it took Clin­ton days to pub­licly com­ment.

But Bour­dain went fur­ther and seemed to in­sin­u­ate that Clin­ton should have been aware of We­in­stein’s be­hav­iour, which has been called in sev­eral re­ports this week “an open se­cret.” In the CNN in­ter­view, Clin­ton said she “cer­tainly didn’t” know of it.

Bour­dain tweeted: “know what Hil­lary Clin­ton is NOT? She’s not stupid. Or un­so­phis­ti­cated about the world. The We­in­stein sto­ries had been out there for years”

As his com­ments stirred con­tro­versy, he sought to clar­ify:

“Hil­lary is CLEARLY not re­spon­si­ble for any­thing We­in­stein Thats scream­ingly ob­vi­ous. Her re­sponse to ques­tions though has been unin­spir­ing”

“I can as­sure you that the vic­tims of Mr. We­in­stein’s three decades of preda­tory be­hav­ior are dis­ap­pointed too. I’m sit­ting next to one.”

And he joked about pro­vok­ing the ire of Clin­ton back­ers:

“At least when the left is an­gry with me on twit­ter, they can spell”

DAVE BEDROSIAN/FU­TURE IM­AGE/WENN

Pro­ducer Har­vey We­in­stein is be­ing ac­cused of sex as­sault. Kate Beck­in­sale, in­set, has come for­ward with her story.

ERNEST DOROSZUK/TORONTO SUN FILES

An­thony Bour­dain says Hil­lary Clin­ton’s con­dem­na­tion of Har­vey We­in­stein isn’t strong enough.

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