After chef Mario Batali compared bankers to Hitler and Stalin, word of a Batali restaurant boycott went viral among bankers, and now it's time for damage control. So he apologized yesterday on Twitter. Batali tweeted: "To remove any ambiguity about my appearance at yesterday’s Time Person of the Year panel, I want to apologize for my remarks." And elaborated: "It was never my intention to equate our banking industry with Hitler and Stalin, two of the most evil, brutal dictators in modern history."
Of course that didn't stop the news from hitting the papers this morning, even earning Batali a stipple portrait.
Meanwhile Ruth Bourdain has an apology of her own to make and Michael Ruhlman thinks Batali's "off the cuff" remarks (comparing bankers to genocidal maniacs during a very public forum) are no big deal.
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