Another Media Personality Lands in Hot Water Over a Hitler Reference

Nov 10, 2011  •  Post A Comment

A little more than a month after Hank Williams Jr. started a war with Disney, ESPN and others by making a Hitler reference, another well-known personality appears to have committed a similar faux-pas.

In the latest incident, "The Chew" host Mario Batali has apologized for comparing bankers to Hitler and Stalin during an appearance Tuesday, reports Bloomberg.

“To remove any ambiguity about my appearance at yesterday’s Time Person of the Year panel, I want to apologize for my remarks,” Batali said through his spokeswoman. "It was never my intention to equate our banking industry with Hitler and Stalin, two of the most evil, brutal dictators in modern history.”

Batali’s original comment was, "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," according to Forbes.com.

Hundreds of Bloomberg users — many of them bankers and financial executives — wrote denunciations of Batali and called for a boycott of his restaurants, which include the popular dining spots Babbo and Del Posto, the story said.

"He’s insulted a considerable number of his customers," one businessman wrote in an email to Bloomberg. "I will never eat at another of his places."

TVWeek initially reported on the earlier Hank Williams Jr. incident on Oct. 4. In the days immediately following the incident the country singer recorded a song attacking ESPN and Fox News, and had angry words for Disney and Mickey Mouse.

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