Anthony Bourdain’s past trip to Singapore has gone viral on social media after fans questioned the treatment of foreign domestic workers.
The ‘culinary bad boy’, who described himself as ‘the antidote’ to other ‘cuddly and adorable’ TV chefs, was also known as a traveller, presenter and writer, with his popular shows No Reservations and Parts Unknown a hit with TV audiences, and his 2000 delve into restaurant life, Kitchen Confidential, a New York Times bestseller of over 1million copies.
Bourdain’s 2018 clip showed the late 61-year-old eating with three locals and questioning how many people in the country had maids.
‘Everybody’s got a maid, looking after their child at home,’one woman said.
‘So maids are kind of like the opiate of the masses.’
Bourdain later joked about the people in the country being dependent on domestic service workers.
‘It’s like bourgeois, man,’ he continued.
‘You’re living off the labour of a repressed underclass.’
The resurfaced clip has received over four million views, and has caused a mixed reaction online.
‘I can’t believe what I’m reading here,’ one person tweeted.
‘No one can call people out right to their faces quite like Anthony Bourdain,’ another added.
A third person wrote: ‘Every once in a while I run into some Anthony Bourdain content on this app and it always makes me happy.’
Bourdain died by suicide in June 2018, at the age of 61, Parts Unknown in France.
The chef had previously on the show, describing himself as ‘terrible at communicating with people I care about’ and sometimes struggling with being ‘super depressed for days’.