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Anthony Bourdain #4
By Michael Moriarty
At the end of minute 24, in Anthony Bourdain’s examination of Russia, you have, inevitably, our host’s bitter criticism of Ronald Reagan’s “trickle down” Capitalism.
His Russian companion awards “Tony” with, “Tony, I think you know what you’re doing in life!”
So honored by a witty but bitter Putin apologist, our Tony then commits suicide somewhat later than this program.
For most of the program, Mr. Bourdain has criticized Vladimir Putin’s Russia with an indisputably accurate look at Vladimir’ Putin’s homicidally tyrannical rule.
What does Anthony Bourdain really think is the best solution for keeping The World from a suicide he himself couldn’t resist?
He hasn’t affirmed any existing or even possible, governing prescription with certainty so far, certainly not American Capitalism, but I suspect Denmark’s racially uniform socialism might be one of his suggestions.
The racially uniform, New-Communism of Russia, however, doesn’t sit well with him.
That is comforting.
However, as most, I assume, might agree, Tony’s suicide is increasingly disturbing.
What he suggests for The World, as now, an eternally traveling host of a food series, I am fairly sure he suggested for himself.
He has, so far, in now, the 3rd of his television series, proven to be utterly incapable of criticizing the food in any of the many locations he has already visited, from Tokyo to Myanmar, Mississippi to Russia.
It’s all “delicious!”
The New World Order Palate!
He’s apparently grateful to nothing for his individual freedom to disown a Higher Being or Divine Intelligence and, at the same time, look down on and patronize his own nation’s most common description as “Capitalist”.
His Neo-Soviet train ride, while imbibing dangerous quantities of vodka, and, as always, praising the food he consumes between shots of Smirnoff, then sharing a comfortable cabin with his Russian companion, the two mention the unmentionable: homosexuality.
The brief conversation is actually one of the lighter moments in this series’ and Anthony Bourdain’s increasing contradiction-in-terms!
New World Order thinking.
They arrive in St. Petersburg, where the subject of homophobia continues.
The New World Order is not only committed to branding the names of Ronald Reagan, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin as similarly tyrannical brothers-at-heart, it must also accuse the names of such men with the crime of homophobia.
Only Putin qualifies for the indictment!
We are then shown gays and lesbians being persecuted in the land of well-known homosexual, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
Tony then talks with what appear to be two, very attractive Russian lesbians.
By their conversation, in the context of this LGBT theme, we assume they are gay”.
One is a Russian filmmaker, Zhenya, and, as Tony describes her, “openly gay”.
Apparently there are “Few prosecutions” for the “Skinhead” crime of assaulting and beating up gay men and women.
Dasha, the local and equally attractive translator, says simply, “You can get killed for this.”
For being gay.
A new law prohibits “gay propaganda amongst minors.”
However, and basically, you can go to jail for any kind of “anti-Soviet” propaganda.
Gay families with kids?!
They are under maximum pressure.
“Their families might be ruined.”
As Zhanya says, “It’s not about Russia or the Church. It’s about power!”
According to her, there are two Russia’s: “The Big, Powerful and Unsophisticated Bear versus the Russia of intelligent people.”
As Zhanya says, “We should never give up!”
After comparing Putin to the previous Czars, the program ends it’s examination of ‘Russia with a look at Czarist Russia.
In this, our host, Tony, brags about being a man who would, without any encouragement from elsewhere, “hurl all of the Czars of Russia into the sea tomorrow!”
In this portion of the Bourdain visit to Russia, our host even disowns simple Socialism!
So my bet that he would love Denmark’s governing system?
Possibly an entire misconception about our unquestionably tragic host.
As he himself proclaims proudly, in mid-winter Russia, “I share my toilet with no man!”
What follows is a brief but easily remembered and very short version of Russian History.
It’s violent transition from The Tsars to The Reds?!
Thence to Vladimir Putin?!
At the end of this episode, Tony proclaims Putin the villainous winner.
Then, rather like the Russian people, he ends his own, personally advertised American privileges and freedoms with suicide!
By capitulating to his own, unrelenting belief that nothing can be done to change Evil, he aids and abets Evil in the most sophisticatedly and irreversibly middle-finger-to-Life possible: SUICIDE!!
Michael Moriarty is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor who starred in the landmark television series Law and Order from 1990 to 1994. His recent film and TV credits include The Yellow Wallpaper, 12 Hours to Live, Santa Baby and Deadly Skies. Contact Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org. He can be found on Twitter at https://twitter.com/@MGMoriarty.