NEW YORK (Combined Sources) — Anthony Bourdain is a pro at getting under people’s skin, but now he’s upset an entire government — the one in Azerbaijan. For an upcoming episode of his CNN show, “Parts Unknown,” where he travels to countries around the world to sample their food, he visited Armenia and later went to Nagorno Karabakh (Artsakh).
Bourdain’s style isn’t to ignore issues central to the identity of the country he’s profiling, so naturally he got into a helicopter and flew to the region:
This was just ten days ago, so it’s not clear where else Bourdain visited, or what the Armenia episode will focus on, but it seems System of a Down front man Serj Tankian, had a hand in setting some of it up.
He tweeted: Thanks @serjtankian for finally getting me to Armenia and making it awesome.
— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) October 20, 2017
Bourdain’s social-media posts apparently got the attention of Hikmet Hajiyev, a press official for Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry whose anger Bourdain probably could’ve predicted: