Mario Batali cooks AND respects our personal decisions!


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Warning! Swooning may occur. Celebrity chef Mario Batali clapped back at hostile tweeters challenging his support of pro-choice organizations.

In my personal opinion: when you’re rich and famous, being able to the cook an exceptional meal is really just a cherry on top of the sundae. But supporting my right to choose what happens to me and my body, too? Well, that is like a (fairly compensated and well treated) butler to spoon feed me the sundae while I watch Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reruns and play with with puppies!

Perhaps I’m exaggerating a little bit, but I have so much love and respect for  Mario Batali who gave naysayers a polite “fuck you” on Twitter yesterday. It all started when he tweeted that he would match up to $5,000 of donations towards Lady Parts Justice, an organization committed to providing resources to women in Texas who are affected by the attacks on abortion access. Because we live in a world with some misinformed and rude folks, Batali naturally received some nasty responses. But he laid the smack down in his responses. Check some of them out below!

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