Answer to the title: they are all in this article. Mario Batali’s comparison of the nation’s top bankers to Hitler is causing a bit of a stir on the web this week as bankers have decided to have their own protest of Mario Batali’s restaurants.
What’s a better way to distract yourself from work than watching a trivial fight take place over twitter? How about a trivial twitter-fights involving absurdly rich people?
In a panel including Brian Williams, Mario Batali, Anita Hill, Jesse Eisenberg, Grover Norquist and Seth Meyers, Batali stood out with his remarks about the leaders in the banking industry. The panel was put together to discuss picks for Time Magazine’s prestigious 2011 Person of the Year issue. Check out the video below to see the panel discussion:
Batali in Hot Water with Bankers
When Batali took the stage he mentioned Steve Jobs as a good candidate, but in terms of people who had a huge impact on the world he said the entire banking industry.
“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…They’re not heroes, but they are people that had a really huge effect on the way the world is operating,” Says Batali in the video.
Not surprisingly, those in the financial industry did not take these comments lightly. In fact, they took to the twitternet announcing a boycott against Batali’s popular restaurants with the hashtag #bataligate — how about #dontoccupybabbo? Soon reservations made months in advanced were being cancelled in alarmingly large numbers.
Initially Batali did not apologize, or make any comments about the manner except calling out a journalist who reported the story misquoting him.
Bankers take a Page From Protestors
It looks like the method of taking to social networking en masse to get your point across has caught on in bigger ways than just the Occupy Wall Street protestors, the banking big wigs are doing it too.
Ironically, Batali did end up apologizing on twitter. His tweet read, “To remove any ambiguity about my appearance at yesterday’s Time Person of the Year panel, I want to apologize for my remarks.”
It’s a shame, looks like you’ll have to continue waiting months and months to get a reservation with one of his infamous restaurants.