Anthony Bourdain on EDM: ‘Am I Too Old? Or Just Non-Douchey?’
'Parts Unknown' host heads to Las Vegas, fires shots at "princelings of douchedom"
Anthony Bourdain isn’t known for pulling his punches, and the latest target of his mighty wit? EDM. The former SPIN contributor, Queens of the Stone Age fan, and celebrity chef has some strong, poetic words for electronic dance music in a new segment from his CNN series, Parts Unknown. “Are we just old? Or are we non-douchey?” he asks legendary magician Penn Jillette at one point in the Las Vegas-centered clip above before delivering the following masterful soliloquy:
“Come ye lords and princelings of douchedom,” he says over footage of raving-rich young adults wielding glow-sticks, wearing sunglasses indoors, waving their hands moonily, and otherwise basking in the humid, LED-lit air of an in-casino club. “Hear my clarion call. Anointeth thyself with gel and heavenly body spray. Maketh the sign of the devil horns with thine hands. Let there be high-fiving and the hugging of many bros, for this is the kingdom and the power. Now frolic.”
Bourdain has a little fun interviewing Marquee’s DJ Jason Lima, who isn’t in on the joke. The host’s main, ahem, beef seems to be that the “new money” of this “new Vegas” is pushing out live performers such as Jillette, or Wayne Newton. Guess he’s not a Britney Spears fan. Props to Rolling Stone’s Kory Grow for that “no reservations” joke.