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October 21, 2011

Guy Fieri an anti-Semite?*

http://www.jewishjournal.com/blog/item/guy_fieri_an_anti-semite_20111021/

I’ve never been able to stand Guy Fieri. (C’mon TGI Fridays!) Well, here’s a little fuel for the Fieri, via OC Weekly:

Breaking news: Guy Fieri isn’t just a giant tool, but allegedly also an anti-Semitic, homophobic, lecherous giant tool.

I’ll skip to the anti-Semitic stuff. Here’s Gregory Pratt of the OC Weekly’s sister-publication in Minnesota talking with David Page, who created “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives”:

“They were demanding tremendous research from my people, and pictures, but they didn’t want to pay for them,” Page says. “Guy said to me: ‘You know, it’s true: Jews are cheap.’”

In fairness, lots of business people are cheap. No need to pick on The Jews.

Does this warrant labeling Fieri an anti-Semite? I don’t know. He’s clearly a tool. I didn’t even need to read this article to know that. But a drinking buddy of, oh, Mel Gibson. Not sure this really rises to that level.

*UPDATED: Jesse Derris, a spokesman for Fieri, called me tonight to say that the statements attributed to Fieri in the City Pages article were patently false. “That’s not the way he thinks, not the way he talks,” Derris said, reiterating something he told SFist.

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