Bankers boycott Mario Batali over his Hitler comment

November 10th, 2011 - 11:00 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Washington, Nov 10 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Celebrity chef Mario Batali has come under fire for comparing bankers to Adolf Hitler and Stalin. The comparison was not taken lightly by the financial institutions and they have launched a boycott against his eateries.

Some bankers expressed their disgust at the comments by the restaurateur indicating that they will not eat at his place again. Batali made the comment during discussion at the Time Person of the Year panel meeting on Wednesday.

Batali reportedly said that, “So the ways the bankers have kind of toppled the way money is distributed and taken most of it into their hands is as good as Stalin or Hitler and the evil guys.”

After being lashed from several quarters, Batali issued an apology on Thursday. In a statement which was released by spokesperson Pamela Lewy, Batali said that, “To remove any ambiguity about my appearance at yesterday’s Time Person of the Year panel, I want to apologize for my remarks.”

Batali made it clear that it was not his intention to compare the banking industry with the two men.

Hitler and Stalin are considered as two of the worst dictators that world has ever known. Historians estimate that the two were directly or indirectly responsible for the deaths of over 10 million people most of them Jews.

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