“I don’t know, personally … Chinese men … have some defects sometimes, they’re a little short. They’re inadequate in certain situations.”
The worker was obviously feeling awkward, but the restaurateur couldn’t care less.
“But we need to confront this conversation, because that’s the reality,” he said.
And as if things weren’t cringeworthy enough, Bastianich went on to comment about the dead of the Chinese, clearly being insensitive:
“Why haven’t I ever seen a dead Chinese person? What do the Chinese do with the dead?”
Bastianich has since apologized for his remarks. He told Grub Street:
“This was a scripted segment shot in a Milan nail salon that I’ve gone to regularly. I know the women, and we were given the questions to discuss in advance. That said, it’s clear that some of what I said was in poor taste and not reflective of my views. I’m sorry I said those things.”
Netizens are not buying his apology, however. Twitter users reacted:
According to Fox News, Bastianich’s comments come just more than a month after Mario Batali, his business partner, was accused of sexual misconduct by four different women. More have come forward since.
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