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That Time Anthony Bourdain Famously Refused To Toast The Queen
Since Queen Elizabeth II's passing, a somber tone has rolled over businesses and cities in the U.K. to honor her majesty's impressively long 70-year term. However, while it may seem that most people share fond sentiments about the queen, some social media users have expressed displeasure about Queen Elizabeth II's reign, and at least one shared an old video of Anthony Bourdain refusing to toast her royal highness.
Among the many social media rants since the queen's passing, users have reshared a video of Anthony Bourdain from Episode 3 of Season 11 of "Parts Unknown.” In the video, Bourdain is dining with fellow chefs David McMillan and Frédéric Morin when McMillan proposes a toast "to the queen." A sudden pause followed by obvious disappointment washes over Bourdain's face as he lowers his glass and states "no, I hate the aristocracy, man."
Twitter users expressed renewed sadness over Bourdain's death while others agreed with the toast refusal. While Bourdain's words come from the grave, other public figures are speaking out against the institution of royalty. One Twitter user reposted a shared story by pop star Phoebe Bridgers referring to the queen as a "war criminal,” while another user slammed the BBC for "rebranding colonialism.”
People around the globe may be divided on what the queen's death signifies but The New York Times has one thing right about Americans: "The queen is mourned by those who were never her subjects." As for Anthony Bourdain, he made up his mind about the queen years ago.