June 08, 2009 11:00 AM by Britteny Elrick
Recently, chef Gordon Ramsay of Hell’s Kitchen made an appearance at the Good Food and Wine show in Melbourne, Australia. While he was there, Ramsay reportedly went on a tirade against Tracy Grimshaw, a high-profileAustralian journalist, in an obscenely sexist rant that shocked the audience. We knew this guy had a mouth on him, but we didn’t know it was this bad…
According to a report at news.com.au:
The putrid tirade against Tracy Grimshaw ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â¬” which included references to her looks and sexuality and depictions of her as a pig ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â¬” shocked audiences who went to see the celebrity chef at the Good Food and Wine Show in Melbourne, Australia. Ramsay told an audience of several thousand people that Grimshaw was “a lesbian.”
When the crowd reacted with gasps, he said: “What? I’m not saying she’s a dÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â¬”,” using a slur for gay women. Ramsay also showed a picture of a woman ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â¬” who appeared to be naked ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â¬” on her hands and knees with the features of a pig and multiple breasts. “That’s Tracy Grimshaw,” he told the audience. “I had an interview with her yesterday. Holy crap. She needs to see Simon Cowell’s Botox doctor.”
Ramsay ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â¬” who later dismissed the comments as a joke ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â¬” went on with more innuendos about Grimshaw’s sexual preference and activities. The crude remarks did not impress Channel Nine chief executive David Gyngell, who phoned Ramsay to tell him they were inappropriate and that he had gone too far.
Women’s groups also expressed their disgust, saying it was wrong that Ramsay was making money by comparing women to animals. Melinda Tankard Reist, from Women’s Forum Australia, said Ramsay’s sponsors should dump him and he should leave Australia. “Ramsay’s sexist and demeaning actions are offensive to every Australian woman,” Reist said. “Why should he get paid for depicting a woman as an animal and publicly deriding her looks? He shouldn’t be making money through the verbal abuse of women.
“Gordon Ramsay is no longer welcome here. The sponsors of his trip should immediately remove their support and send him packing.” LG, a major sponsor of the Good Food and Wine Show, declined comment on the incident. Ramsay appeared on Nine’s “A Current Affair” and was interviewed by Tracy Grimshaw on Friday night. During the interview, he commented on Grimshaw’s facial mole, asking: “Is that a wart? It looks like your little sister’s on your lip.” Grimshaw appeared to take that remark well.
A spokeswoman for Ramsay said the stunt was meant in fun.
Well, it doesn’t sound like that much fun to me.
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