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Bankers boycott Batali for comparing them to Hitler at Time luncheon

Dylan Stableford
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At Time magazine's "Person of the Year" luncheon on Tuesday, celebrity chef Mario Batali--while discussing the possibility of choosing an "evil" figure for the honor this year--compared the banking industry to Hitler.

"They're as good as Stalin or Hitler in terms of evil guys," Batali said.

This apparently didn't sit well with bankers, who quickly organized a boycott of Batali's New York restaurants.

According to's Amanda Kludt, the following message was disseminated by traders on Wednesday:

Celebrity Chef Mario Batali Says Bankers As Bad As Hitler, Stalin ... a list of his restaurants *B&B Ristorante *Osteria Mozza *Babbo *OTTO *Bar Jamon *Pizzeria Mozza *Carnevino Italian Steakhouse *Tarry Lodge *Casa Mono *Tarry Market *Del Posto *Mozza2Go *Esca *Manzo *Lupa Cancel all reservations.....pass the word.

Batali later apologized like many public figures do in the age of social media: on Twitter.

"It was never my intention to equate our banking industry with Hitler and Stalin," Batali wrote. "Two of the most evil, brutal dictators in modern history."

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