Bourdain, left, and Tatul Hakobyan in Shushi

Anthony Bourdain Is Banned from Ever Entering Azerbaijan but Probably not Crying in His Soup

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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:

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@cnni to present ethnically cleansed land of #Azerbaijan by #Armenia as travel show shameful and #immoral. It must be stopped!

This week, the Azeri government added Bourdain to this “persona non grata list” for his “disrespect of Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity and sovereignty,” Hajiyev tells Agence France-Presse.

CNN hasn’t issued a statement yet, and neither has Bourdain. Unless, of course, you count this tweet that links to an Armenian news outlet’s story on the ban, and uses a picture of him smiling ear to ear.

Currently the Azeri government holds a list containing more than 700 names of people banned from both regions because they entered Nagorno-Karabakh without permission. That list includes government officials, activists, journalists, and now, Bourdain.