Controversial TV host disses South Africa in show to air on CNN

2013-10-25 12:32
Thinus Ferreira
Cape Town – Viewers will see the controversial Anthony Bourdain refer to South African soldiers who died fighting for the country at the famous statue of Paul Kruger on Church Square in Tshwane on Friday on CNN International (DStv 401) at 17:00 as "ugly Dutch guys" and "assholes".

Bourdain who appears to brim with disdain for legitimate parts of South African heritage from the outset of his travel show in which he visits a portion of the country, also makes mistakes like referring to putu pap as "futu" as he comes to shoot eland, takes a taxi ride to Soweto and shows how people in Hillbrow live now.

Later Cape Town's restaurants get dissed.

Bourdain visits parts of Gauteng in South Africa in Friday's episode of Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown on CNN International which is sure to grate some viewers and already elicited strong reaction from viewers elsewhere in the world who've seen it.

At Paul Kruger's statue in Tshwane surrounded by anonymous soldiers who fought British imperialism and colonial oppression in South Africa, Bourdain flippantly asks: "Who are those ugly white men?" and then: "Who are those assholes anyway?" taking no time to actually find out. Meanwhile people from all races continue to pose for pictures at the statue.

"Ugly Dutch guys with guns. Who I guess was particularly friendly to the current power. They look like they're either coming from, or on their way to oppress the black man," says Bourdain. "The first order of business when I take my country back is take that shit down. Tear that down."

Later in the show the travelling chef mistakenly calls putu pap, "futu".

No love for Cape Town either

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown also gives opportunity for Cape Town's restaurants to be dissed in the episode.

"After this show airs I'm going to get a huge amount of mail saying why didn't you go to Cape Town - great modern restaurants, cutting-edge chefs. Is it alright that I missed all that?" says Bourdain in Friday's episode, talking to Johannesburg chef Andrea Burgener.

"I feel like those particular restaurants in Cape Town are not really representative of what most people in this country are eating," says Burgener.

"You know, I'm almost used to it, foreigners coming to South Africa and basically being ignorant about our country, like those guys from The Amazing Race that were so surprised that Johannesburg was a city, or journalists coming here to do documentaries about violent crime and end up trying to rationalise it by invoking apartheid," says an overseas viewer who saw the episode, and calling Bourdain "completely sanctimonious".

"He mistakenly claims the ANC was formed in 1923 when it was actually formed in 1912 - their centennial was last year."

"Didn't they do any research or did they just not care? What if the other episodes had problems only the locals could spot, how can we trust them now?"

Channel24 asked CNN International for a response or comment earlier in the week on why Bourdain calls South Africans "assholes" and made reference to "ugly Dutch guys with guns".

"We leave it to our viewers to watch Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown: South Africa in full to get the complete picture," CNN International responded.



  • Compos Mentis - 2013-10-25 12:51

    laughs... he is just doing this to get viewers. When I am in the Not so great US of A I can't stop looking at all the fat people. Maybe I will do a programme about them one day... he he he

      Klippies Coke - 2013-10-28 17:27

      He's trying the same formula as Piers Morgan. The more of an a-hole you are as a presenter/host the more attention you get.

      Kolobe Kolobenyana - 2013-10-28 18:15

      this guy is right its not like kruger liked blacks

      Andreas Meyer - 2013-10-28 20:32

      Funny how he does expect to get away with remarks that would be considered racist, if it would be used on any other (Non-White) ethnicity.

      Anele Bungane - 2013-10-28 22:07

      This guy tells it like it is, the truth hurts, hence the strong views from the Dutch community. They know exactly what they did and they are trying to get all of us to forget about it and pretend as if it did not happen.

      Roche Brandy - 2013-10-29 18:40

      leave him a message on...... I did.

  • Warwick Railton - 2013-10-25 12:51

    Who is this really???

      Rabble Rouser - 2013-10-28 09:25

      An idiot and a cretin. That is who he is.

      Roche Brandy - 2013-10-29 18:28


  • George Wood - 2013-10-25 13:00

    Well what do you expect from a Yank with French ancestry, both ignorant and arrogant! Now get back in the kitchen and rustle me up some over priced, over rated fancy French food Miss Bourdain!

  • Marius Fourie - 2013-10-25 13:01

    Who are those ugly white man who killed the native Americans. Who are those ugly white man who took so many Africans and made them slaves in his country. Who are those ugly white man who kills so many innocent people with drones. Where do you want me to stop smuck. Go clean your backyard before you speak!

      Sandra Rennie - 2013-10-25 14:44

      Thank you Marius So that makes us Ugly Dutch okes and the Fat Americans quits ! Don't forget they also killed all the Bison. God alone knows what for. Idiots !

      Valerie Small - 2013-10-28 08:57

      Spot on Marius - and no Sandra, I don't think anyone will ever be on par with American greed and destruction

      Derek Edwards - 2013-10-28 09:42

      They killed the bison to kill the Native American. As the Native Americans life was sustained by the vast herds of bison. They would follow the migration of the herds in order to live off them. Bison provided everything they needed food cloths tents ect ect. The white settlers figured that if they killed all the Bison the Indians would have no way of survival forcing them to capitulate.

      Hendrik Wiewilweet - 2013-10-28 12:31

      Who are those ugly white men who slaughtered the Indians an stole their land?

      Roche Brandy - 2013-10-29 18:31

      Anchor Marius!

  • Adri Vosloo - 2013-10-25 13:12

    I suppose in a democratic country he is allowed his opinion. So thank you Bourdain. Now please get on the next flight back to your country and please stay there until such time that you have gained some manners and education. It means that we will not see you for the next 500 years!!!!

  • Pete Mears - 2013-10-25 13:31

    he sounds very unpleasant

  • Bob Wowzer - 2013-10-25 13:35

    Meh. Just another self-gratificating publicity stunt at our expense. The last time it happened it was at the hands of that other bumbling tw*t, Jeremy Clarkson. It's better to not make a scene out of this since that's what he's hoping for.

  • Christine Crabbia - 2013-10-25 13:42

    Could the author of the article write two sentences per paragraph? !! Very badly written.

  • Andre Janse van Rensburg - 2013-10-25 13:44

    Ignorant poephol needs a klap in the chops. Regte dom Amerikaner, kan nie Kanada op n kaart kry nie maar dan praat hul nonsens oor ander mense en hul land.

      Jon Low - 2013-10-31 10:29

      And here you are bitterly objecting to a negative generalisation while you are making your own negative generalisation about Americans! Spot the irony?

  • Le Roux Geldenhuys - 2013-10-25 14:02

    I bought one if his cookbooks (Les Halles Cookbook)some time ago, but I am definitely going to start my braaivleis fire with pages from the book during the week-end. I have seen it many times overseas, we may have our differences as South Africans, but we stand united when it comes to outsiders, disrespecting our country and his people. Hands off!

  • Michael B da Silva - 2013-10-25 14:08

    Anthony Bourdain.. .. VOETSEK !

  • Bradley Clarke-Mcleod - 2013-10-25 14:35

    Please go to this link and write your message there I did! idiot

      Michael B da Silva - 2013-10-29 10:39

      Took your advice and duly posted the following comment.. Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown You sir are a complete Spanner of the golden order.

  • Jan Henning - 2013-10-25 14:38

    The best thing one can do is to ignore this ignomarus who falsely claim to be a journalist. Let him waddle alone in his own little mud pool.

  • Renee Marais - 2013-10-25 14:50

    Please don't let him back in the country ever!!!!!

  • Renee Marais - 2013-10-25 14:52

    Oh and by the way this so called chef smokes like a chimney and I just know he over seasons his food as his taste and smell is poor that is why his remarks smell so bad.

  • Antoinette Jordaan - 2013-10-25 15:05

    For some reason the guys on that continent likes people who are just plain rude. Will never understand that. Never heard of this person, and as far as I'm concerned, his opinions carry no weight whatsoever. Of course, if I was CNN, I would be a bit more concerned of their image as a serious News channel.

  • Adil Smit - 2013-10-25 15:06

    He has to advertise the fact that he insults South Africans to get people to watch his show? BORING!!

  • Adil Smit - 2013-10-25 15:11

    Maybe he's disappointed that there were no elephants/ lions in the streets.

      Renee Marais - 2013-10-29 13:46

      he just came at the wrong time, this year a Hyena and a Lion walzed around in Gauteng... lol

  • Daniël Jakobus Eloff III - 2013-10-25 15:54

    I bet Bourdain doesn't even know that those "ugly white Dutch men", whose statues are at Church Square, are Italian models that were used by the sculpture.

  • Del Pearson - 2013-10-25 16:09

    Perhaps he should be invited to live in Alexandria for six months, he could make a real comedy.

      Freddie Kruger - 2013-10-28 10:55

      hahaaa...alexandria is in are as dom as this French fart!

      Nhlanhla Sibiya - 2013-10-28 14:28

      @Freddie he was referring to a township in Soweto...

  • Rob Martin - 2013-10-25 16:09

    He should get a real good South African snot klap... ignorant yank.

      Steve Mason - 2015-03-16 01:32

      So Bourdain can't comment on the history of another country but it's ok for you to call people "yanks"? You do realize that it's a directly derogatory reference and an idiotic one at that don't you? Yank is short for Yankee which is in reference to northern american soldiers from the colonial days. It's a very stupid way of referencing modern Americans. They say Americans are bad at school but i'm starting to wonder..

  • Fanie Gerber - 2013-10-25 16:10

    Rule of life - Before you shoot your mouth of, be certain than your brain are loaded. Clearly his was not

      Jon Low - 2013-10-26 21:27

      Your brain ARE loaded?

  • Jane Hampson - 2013-10-25 16:46

    This guy is a walking moron. It does not surprise me that he has dissed RSA - total ignorant walking disaster.

  • Sagebrush Bush - 2013-10-25 16:51

    You wonder what his tourist guide sidekicks keep feeding the visitors to our land. One way blinkered anti white stories no doubt. It seems the only way most journalists like to create a South African story is by keeping the Apartheid era alive. I live overseas and there is little interest in that era any more. Get over it journalists and tour guides.

  • Lester Nel - 2013-10-25 17:26

    Die Man kort N P>K

  • Brett Steensma - 2013-10-25 17:32

    Anthony, has just shown how great his stupidity, and sanctimonious arrogance truly is. Maybe this is the culmination of an American with a French surname!

  • Terence Pattison - 2013-10-25 17:44

    I`ve just watched this programme. Apart from proving that he is pig ignorant of SA history his opening sentences are obviously designed to set up his take on SA Society in General. He is a typical White wannabe Black,(for a while) Yank Liberal. If today is Friday it must be JHNSBG!! He should take his bigoted opinions back to the USA and learn something about SA before he comments. CNN should be ashamed of this idiot.

  • Pieter van Staden - 2013-10-25 18:06

    Toti, shut your trap. You boks

  • Marco Van Der Merwe - 2013-10-25 18:10

    The problem with arguing with a fool.... Sometimes people can't tell the two of you apart....!

  • Rory Patrick Snyman - 2013-10-25 18:14

    Does it really matter to anyone what one uneducated american thinks of south africa when the whole world think all americans are dumb a£$%holes!!

  • James Smythe - 2013-10-25 19:15

    Ignorant and stupid with it! Ignorance can be fixed by a little research - but stupid is for ever!

  • Desmond Webster - 2013-10-25 19:19

    It's a pity he he's so arrogant.He should talk about the American Indians Where are they now?? or is he really stupid?

      Cliff Slabbert - 2013-10-28 09:28

      The splinter in someone elses eye and a log in his own!

  • Kareen Sheblom - 2013-10-25 19:32

    Should we worry about what one moron thinks of our country when there are so many far more significant people who love South Africa? Yes, please invite him back, I'd love to see him get a good few PK's. He lacks dignity, class and breeding. There is no medication for stupidity and shouting your mouth off about things you know nothing about.

  • Colin Underwood - 2013-10-25 19:32

    If you are called controversial Tv host ,then this is expected !He isnt interested in the truth but his ratings , make good TV for the trash market ! It shows you what level of tv host and as a person he is !

  • Armstrong Dreadnaught - 2013-10-25 19:45

    My assessment of Americans has just gone down. Sorry guys but this Anthony Bourdain ignorance and vindictiveness is too much. We need every tourist we can get. Come See. Make up your own mind. It WILL be different from that of Anthony Bourdain.

  • Andre Lovember - 2013-10-25 22:39

    The pot calling the kettle black.

  • Bryan Coulter - 2013-10-26 00:28

    I watched his show once and realised within the first 10 min the guy was a flake. Arrogant, self opionioated and badly researched. Bit like Stephen Saccur from the BBC who also tried to do his South African gig but all all he did was spin his wheels on news that happened 20 years ago. These narcasistic journalists and their stupid researchers fly in for three days and think they know everything. They only make fools of themselves and their stations. Write to CNN and express your views.

  • Darren Peach - 2013-10-26 01:39

    Its a shame that the perception of us is so bad. We don't deserve this.

  • Marcel Wentzel - 2013-10-26 06:07

    Ignorance is bliss. You dear sir are not attractive, and don't have any respect for other people. We " ugly " Dutch have produced plenty of beautiful looking people, ever heard of Charlize Theron? By the way the first heart transplant was done by a " ugly " dutch guy, did you even know that?

      Alon Fisher - 2013-10-28 12:18

      The first heart transplant was done on a Yank called Louis Washasnky by an"ugly Dutch guy DR Barnard", and those so called "ugly Dutch soldiers" fought the Cubans and Russians in the cold war so they practically did your dirty work for you pompous Yankee tard...And as for our food we know how to cook,eat,enjoy without going obese now go chow a Mcdonalds with extra double fries on the side!!!

  • Chris Van Der Walt - 2013-10-26 06:47

    Attention-seeking twit. Just ignore him - don't give him what he wants.

  • Justin Hemming - 2013-10-26 07:07

    Isn't it nice to see South Africans on a forum all agreeing and uniting. All this article will show to the world is the ignorance of the average arrogant american ignoramus. I suggest that Mr Noah pick up on this for his next US tour.

      Desmond Leaner - 2013-10-27 14:29

      Not All South Africans..just the dutch descendants.

  • Elmer Swanepoel - 2013-10-26 08:10

    Gordon Ramsay said he looks and eats like a horse - nuf said.

  • Kevin Condon - 2013-10-26 08:22

    If you read about Anthony you will see that he abused secobarbital, tuinal, amphetamine, codeine heroin and LSD, this has obviously affected his brain, resulting in verbal diarrhea.

  • Parys Fotograaf - 2013-10-26 09:08

    Anther idiot who has no clue about reality.

  • Gene Adams - 2013-10-26 09:32

    Once again an American ‘celebrity’ underwhelms all with his ignorance but then again what would you expect from a short order cook seeking publicity to bolster his ratings. By the way mate if you’re the epitome of American manhood then thank heavens there’s only one of you.

  • Lorna Murdoch-Eaton - 2013-10-26 09:41

    Stupid, ignorant man thinks notoriety is fame.

  • Michele Anne Holland Bentley - 2013-10-26 09:56

    Anthony Boudain is an uninformed twat who should not come back to our country. That the show is a CNN venture pretty much says it all. CNN has never really been big on getting their facts correct where South Africa is concerned.

  • Henk Groenewald - 2013-10-26 10:20

    Strange comments from a guy himself that has been hit with the ugly stick.

  • Elmer Swanepoel - 2013-10-26 10:32

    Bourdain is the least competent of the socalled "celebrity chefs" that appeared on TV over the last few decades. Luckily he won't irritate people for much longer because he is a chain smoker...........nuf said.

  • Jason Sole - 2013-10-26 10:36

    JON LOW - I dispute a scorched earth policy wins guerilla wars. I think the failure of a scorched earth was well proven during the Vietnam and Korean wars and prior to that by Japans invasion of China.

      Jon Low - 2013-10-26 22:01

      It's precisely because the Americans did NOT pursue scorched-earth that they lost the Vietnam War. The Vietcong guerillas were armed, rested, fed, clothed and transported right under the noses of the US forces because the Americans refused to employ "scorched earth" and went instead for "WHAM" -- winning hearts and minds. Now THAT was a huge flop! The Korean War was a conventional war, not a guerilla war, so scorched-earth was never used. Same with the Sino-Japanese War.