People of all political stripes have come together today to mourn the loss of Anthony Bourdain, who committed suicide. But as Oliver Willis has so viciously demonstrated, there will always be some people who will use the death of a beloved figure to demonstrate their own inhumanity.
Just over a year ago, after the deadly bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, freelancing blue-check David Leavitt tweeted a disgusting joke (which he later deleted “since so many people asked”). Here’s what it said:
MULTIPLE CONFIRMED FATALITIES at Manchester Arena. The last time I listened to Ariana Grande I almost died too.
Bourdain was one of many people who rightly called him out for it:
And now that Bourdain is dead, Leavitt feels like now’s a good time to fire back:
Pretty proud of that one, aren’t you, David?
Are you taking a victory lap following a man’s suicide or am I missing something?
— Taylor Kyles (@tkyles39) June 8, 2018
Sounds just like that.
— diana (@realpestilence) June 8, 2018
Leavitt’s getting ratio’d hard:
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) June 8, 2018
And it couldn’t be happening to a nicer guy.
You’ve said some horrible things before. This is so ignorant. You don’t have any idea what his inner struggles were or what battles he had to deal with. This does nothing to help those battling depression.
— tara strong (@tarastrong) June 8, 2018
My favorite part is he was mad over a year later about this tweet Anthony Bourdain sent him when Leavitt was joking about kids dying during the Manchester bombing
Love to bring up my worst moment when creating my second worst moment pic.twitter.com/tPRXocaRGb
— Southernist-Duginist (@notwokieleaks) June 8, 2018
Will never understand the need people have of proving they're garbage in public.
I mean, you really had to go back and find this tweet to dunk on a dead man?
Do you not understand how small and petty this makes you? https://t.co/4UVcrMqEQO
— RBe (@RBPundit) June 8, 2018
We concur. And it’s pretty clear that Bourdain had him pegged all along.
The holy grail of self-owns https://t.co/guOAsyQBkd
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) June 8, 2018
Tony was right about you David..you are truly an awful human being. pic.twitter.com/TeC6yWgnKE
— Yashar Ali ? (@yashar) June 8, 2018
Wow, way to exactly demonstrate that Bourdain's description of you is correct.
— Laura Krabappel (@laurakrabappel) June 8, 2018
damn he sure was right about you
— moodprobiotic (@joqes) June 8, 2018
You, pointing this out today, proves his point, sadly.
— James R. Benn (@JimmyWriter) June 8, 2018
Even from the afterlife, Anthony Bourdain is being proven right pic.twitter.com/L5N0jygFY1
— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) June 8, 2018
Yep, Bourdain was definitely right about Leavitt:
You don’t go to heaven when you kill yourself. It’s incredibly selfish. Don’t do it. pic.twitter.com/DHAFfSLa4y
— David Leavitt (@David_Leavitt) June 8, 2018
Quit while you’re behind, David.