Teamsters appeal to “Top Chef” for employment by threatening to bash in Padma Lakshmi’s face

posted at 9:45 pm on August 21, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

Hearts and minds, baby:

The Teamsters picketers were already mad. By the time Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi’s car pulled up to the Steel & Rye restaurant in the picturesque New England town of Milton just outside Boston, one of them ran up to her car and screamed, “We’re gonna bash that pretty face in, you fucking whore!”

“She was scared,” said a Top Chef crewmember who witnessed the incident, which occurred in June while filming an episode for the upcoming 12th season of Bravo’s popular skein, which premieres October 15. “He was screaming at her aggressively and violently.”

The popular TV show had overstepped its bounds, you see, by hiring non-Teamster production assistants or something. A grave sin worthy of abusing the show’s star verbally and threatening physical harm. Padma gets the headlines, but that’s not the worst of it. The Teamsters also allegedly slashed the tires of crew members whose paychecks aren’t likely as amenable to such incidents as those of the show’s highly paid stars. Here’s hoping they’re the production’s vehicles, not personal ones.

Angry that the show had not signed a Teamsters contract and that the production hired local PA’s to drive cast and crew vehicles, the dozen or so picketers from Boston’s Teamsters Local 25 kept at it for hours, raining down racist, sexist and homophobic threats and slurs as staffers came to and left the set that summer day…

John King, Milton’s Deputy Police Chief, said the Teamsters were “threatening, heckling and harassing.” The first officer on the scene, he said, had to call for back-up after the Teamsters “gave the officer trouble.” Reading from the police report, he said the Teamsters were “hostile, swearing, and refusing to let people come in and out. Officers repeatedly tried to de-escalate the situation.” When more police arrived, the Teamsters went to the show’s hospitality tent and “harassed the crew there.” When the officers went there, King said, “A group of them slashed the tires on 14 different cars owned by the crew.”

There’s plenty more at the link, so please go and read. One can imagine this would be somewhat more enticing and universally known story about the abuse a beautiful female star suffered at the hands of a disgusting political protest if it had been of a different strain than Teamster.

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“As any employee of our show walked on or off set, the picketers verbally attacked us, calling the gays ‘fags,’ the blacks ‘niggers’ and most of the women ‘sluts and whores,’ ” the crewmember said. “It got worse as the day went on. They chased us down the sidewalk when we had to run from one end of the location to the next in the middle of our busy work day. They threatened to kill us, beat us, and said that they would find us and force us out of the city

The Democrat Base introduces itself to the employees of the Progressive Elite.

forest on August 21, 2014 at 9:50 PM

Whoops! I attempted to directly quote the Democrat Base and naturally my comment got eaten for its hideous language.

forest on August 21, 2014 at 9:51 PM

Classy. What do you suppose will happen when the unemployment and welfare checks run out? (Note to self: more ammo.)

SailorMark on August 21, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Angry that the show had not signed a Teamsters contract and that the production hired local PA’s to drive cast and crew vehicles, the dozen or so picketers from Boston’s Teamsters Local 25 kept at it for hours, raining down racist, sexist and homophobic threats and slurs as staffers came to and left the set that summer day

I thought only Republicans could be racist, sexist and homophobic. The picketers must be Republicans getting paid by the unions.

Yeah. That’s it.

/

Mark Boabaca on August 21, 2014 at 9:55 PM

Every single day, the Democrats show why they are no longer “liberals” or “progressives” but out-and-out fascists.

Aizen on August 21, 2014 at 9:58 PM

Mark Boabaca on August 21, 2014 at 9:55 PM

Heh, right. Dems aren’t capable of such abuse so they brought in Republican ringers.

SailorMark on August 21, 2014 at 9:58 PM

“We’re gonna bash that pretty face in…”

Homer threatened Race Banyon in the same fashion aboard the space shuttle.

Judge_Dredd on August 21, 2014 at 9:58 PM

one of them ran up to her car and screamed, “We’re gonna bash that pretty face in, you fucking whore!”

At least she got a warning…

I don’t think the Ferguson cop got any warning….

Electrongod on August 21, 2014 at 10:01 PM

one of them ran up to her car and screamed, “We’re gonna bash that pretty face in, you f@cking whore!”

At least she got a warning…

I don’t think the Ferguson cop got any warning….

Electrongod on August 21, 2014 at 10:02 PM

Such lovely people…so helpful…so concerned…

Newtie and the Beauty on August 21, 2014 at 10:04 PM

But let’s not call them by their time-honored name, “Union Thugs”, because the T word is now a squirrel.

True story-back in the 1980s I went to a live performance by a killer band from Africa, totally unknown here at the time, at some sort of hotel ballroom in Boston. They played for something like 4 or 5 hours (lost track). When they play back home, they go all night.

Few months later I heard they were going to do another live gig in Boston, but in a “better” venue that held more people. Turned out to be the Hynes Auditorium in the Back Bay, which is a UNION SHOP.

To make a long story short (sorry) as a result of the union demands, etc. their normal multi-hour show was reduced to 50 minutes.

Pathetic-

Del Dolemonte on August 21, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Milton, huh?

Lovely town. I’m surprised they let all the union riffraff in.

Spent some wonderful summers on the campus of Milton Academy.

MichaelGabriel on August 21, 2014 at 10:05 PM

I read the headline to this post and thought MKH had lifted it from The Onion.

dpduq on August 21, 2014 at 10:07 PM

Did the Local Yokels ever think of ARRESTING someone?

GarandFan on August 21, 2014 at 10:10 PM

File suit on that local- or maybe even the union altogether……pain and suffering Mental Distress…..
Companies get sued all the time for less than that….only problem I guess would be finding someone with the cajones to go up against those Legalized Criminals.

FlaMurph on August 21, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Remarkable. In the non-union corporation where I used to work, people would usually be fired for sexist, racist, and homophobic behavior, and certainly for violent threats and destruction of company property. That was a good place to work. We would make jokes about sex and race, but most people knew not to step over the line into abusive acts. Why would anyone want to reward trashy violent behavior in the workplace?

I knew of an airline that fired two striking mechanics who threw rocks at an airplane. The union sued, but the airline stood strong. They didn’t want anyone on staff who would deliberately damage an airplane, for any reason. That’s best for everyone.

juliesa on August 21, 2014 at 10:12 PM

Just outside of Boston? You would think that the teamsters would be mandatory. Poor lady, the name would indicate that she’s not from around here…..welcome to America!!!!

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2014 at 10:13 PM

And the unions wonder why they’re so unpopular.

formwiz on August 21, 2014 at 10:15 PM

Did the Local Yokels ever think of ARRESTING someone?

GarandFan on August 21, 2014 at 10:10 PM

Unions, rioters, looters, and politicians are protected classes of criminals. So, they are above the law.

Bitter Clinger on August 21, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Just outside of Boston? You would think that the teamsters would be mandatory. Poor lady, the name would indicate that she’s not from around here…..welcome to America!!!!

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Padma has been living in the US since she was a little girl.

RickB on August 21, 2014 at 10:22 PM

RickB on August 21, 2014 at 10:22 PM

I was teasing.

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2014 at 10:28 PM

Blue on blue? Wonder what Tommy Colicchio thinks of his brethren.

Fallon on August 21, 2014 at 10:30 PM

She’s also a gay woman of color. If he’d followed through, would that count as three hate crimes?

TarasBulbous on August 21, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Sorry about the photo snafu on the front page. My Internet decided to fail me tonight right at the wrong time. I’ve fixed it!

Mary Katharine Ham on August 21, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Look for the Union Label.

I can’t imagine there was a whole television crew around and someone wouldn’t get some of the action on video.

It would make for some interesting viewing during contract negotiations and around election time.

arik1969 on August 21, 2014 at 10:40 PM

She’s also a gay woman of color. If he’d followed through, would that count as three hate crimes?

TarasBulbous on August 21, 2014 at 10:31 PM

You mean after being married Salmon Rushdie she switched sides.

RickB on August 21, 2014 at 10:41 PM

Mary Katharine Ham on August 21, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Not sweating the small stuff.

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2014 at 10:42 PM

TarasBulbous on August 21, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Hmm, Wiki does not mentioned this, not that it is relevant to the story

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Those damn TEA Baggers is just cray cray!

KMC1 on August 21, 2014 at 10:56 PM

All Democrats are thugs at heart.

Certain of their groups aren’t very good at hiding it.

Adjoran on August 21, 2014 at 11:07 PM

HOW MANY ARRESTS WERE MADE?

zero.

Tard on August 21, 2014 at 11:08 PM

Those racist pigs. Oh, wait, she’s not black and they aren’t members of the tea party? Nevermind then, back to golf.

Xanatos90 on August 21, 2014 at 11:17 PM

Strange that there isn’t a video of these guys anywhere, almost makes you think that if there is any footage it was suppressed so as not to make the teamster thugs look like a bunch of poorly educated trailer trash. Because that might hurt the Democratic vision or something.

P.S. Thug means violence prone reprobate, not an African American who looks scary.

notalemon on August 21, 2014 at 11:18 PM

The only places where unions survive are where workers are forced into them.

itsspideyman on August 21, 2014 at 11:21 PM

Two words: rubber bullets.

Ward Cleaver on August 21, 2014 at 11:25 PM

Guaranteed Troll free thread…you would have to be a complete brain dead tool to defend this…oh wait…libfreeordie? Ned Pepper??

HatfieldMcCoy on August 21, 2014 at 11:26 PM

Look for the union label — so you can avoid it.

Dion on August 21, 2014 at 11:27 PM

But let’s not call them by their time-honored name, “Union Thugs”, because the T word is now a squirrel.

But we must call them that, the left wants to define the word “Thug” as code for the “N-word”; exclusively used by hate filled Grand Wizard Republicans and Tea Party cross burners.

Funny that lefties use Rethuglican as an epithet …that must make them Raaaaacist!

notalemon on August 21, 2014 at 11:28 PM

When are people gonna WAKE THE FARK UP and realize that big cities controlled by unions & welfare recipients is UTOPIA for Progressives so long as they get to live in the ‘burbs.

Detroit, Chicago, NY, LA…how many more examples do you need?

Pelosi Schmelosi on August 21, 2014 at 11:32 PM

If Padma was black, and the Teamsters were cops, this would be all over the news.

Okay, a bit of a stretch… ;)

The Rogue Tomato on August 21, 2014 at 11:55 PM

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come get me.

losarkos on August 22, 2014 at 12:12 AM

Stuff like this makes me glad I’m no longer in the business of employing people. In fact, on the days when I think about it all, I pray to God that I never have to again.

trigon on August 22, 2014 at 12:31 AM

Second look at ghost chili pepper spray. And a couple ex-Indian Army Gurkha bodyguards would turn those cowards into mincemeat in seconds.

Christien on August 22, 2014 at 12:43 AM

I think it’s more disturbing that the production company came in and hired local people from the community in which they were working. They offered jobs to the locals. Those who they would be otherwise inconveniencing with their project. They actually brought work with them and spread it around to the town… and an organization of thugs from a nearby big city swept in and threatened violence because they did not get those jobs instead? That they had the nerve to give them to the people from the town? or that the people from the town would have to pay the city thugs for the privilege of working?

That’s obscene.

patches on August 22, 2014 at 1:30 AM

To save money, reality TV workers are hired for lower than standard rates because the production companies and networks refuse to embrace unions or hire union workers. Along with that comes a lack of experience, professionalism and integrity. Production executives and showrunners just don’t have the experience or wherewithal to make the right decisions on how to handle issues such as the unions harassing a crew.

I had a lot of problems translating the above into something I could understand. What I finally came up with was “if you don’t buy a union crew, you will get someone who can’t handle union harassment”.

Heh.

unclesmrgol on August 22, 2014 at 1:32 AM

They had not signed a contract with the Teamsters. But what is a contract but a mutually beneficial written agreement between two parties signed of their own free will without coercion or threat.

kurtzz3 on August 22, 2014 at 2:20 AM

TarasBulbous on August 21, 2014 at 10:31 PM

I don’t think she’s gay. Was married and has been linked to a few guys afterward. I think she made some silly lesbian jokes but as far as I’ve read/seen on all the Top Chef shows/talk shows, she’s straight.

Bee on August 22, 2014 at 3:59 AM

The local Police never crack down on union thugs over here. They are “brothers” since the Police Officers are also union. They stick together. This is why granmas & granpas get roughed up by union thugs at Tea Party rallies in Boston, right in front of the police.

shanimal on August 22, 2014 at 6:20 AM

My bad, I had heard she was gay but now I can’t find any confirmation of that on the net. I retract my question.

Good news for us straight fellas! She is foxy.

TarasBulbous on August 22, 2014 at 6:35 AM

Local 25 has a long history of this kind of behavior. A little mild compared to some of there other escapades. No blood, no fire. What’s the big fuss? They all can’t be truck drivers. Paid full time goon is a job folks fight to get at Local 25. Pays well.

RickinNH on August 22, 2014 at 6:37 AM

Their or there. Hope the PC spelling police are still sleeping.

RickinNH on August 22, 2014 at 6:40 AM

The Teamsters picketers were already mad. By the time Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi’s car pulled up to the Steel & Rye restaurant in the picturesque New England town of Milton just outside Boston, one of them ran up to her car and screamed, “We’re gonna bash that pretty face in, you f@cking whore!”

I saw on the news networks; MSNBC, NBC, CBS, ABC and CNN, how they thoroughly covered this. Non-stop. They even called them out for being racist./

Patriot Vet on August 22, 2014 at 7:49 AM

This went on for two weeks?! And we are just now hearing about it.

“Meanwhile, the executive producers, the representatives from the network, the production management, and the line producers stood by and did nothing,” the crewmember continued. “They never addressed the problem with the staff, or apologized for putting us in such a bad situation. They never called a meeting with us, or sent the employees an email acknowledging what a terrible situation they put us all in.” The local labor board told this member there was nothing they could do. So for two more weeks, “the picketers continued to subject us to threats of violence, sexual and racist harassment,” the crew member said. “I was scared to go to work. We had to face this nightmare daily until we wrapped the show.”

Another crewmember on the scene recalled a tense confrontation as protesters tried to push their way into the restaurant during filming. Several crew members and a security guard blocked them, and someone inside hurriedly locked the doors behind them. “It was pretty scary,” he said. “They slammed our guys with their chests, screaming at them face to face — ‘Go back to LA you fucking scabs! This isn’t your fucking town! You’re taking our jobs.’ ”
http://deadline.com/2014/08/padma-lakshmi-boston-teamsters-attack-top-chef-820137/

Not even the producers of the show cared that they were harassed or threatened. How liberal of them.

Crickets from the LSM.

Patriot Vet on August 22, 2014 at 7:58 AM

This went on for two weeks, and we are just now hearing about it.

“Meanwhile, the executive producers, the representatives from the network, the production management, and the line producers stood by and did nothing,” the crewmember continued. “They never addressed the problem with the staff, or apologized for putting us in such a bad situation. They never called a meeting with us, or sent the employees an email acknowledging what a terrible situation they put us all in.” The local labor board told this member there was nothing they could do. So for two more weeks, “the picketers continued to subject us to threats of violence, sexual and racist harassment,” the crew member said. “I was scared to go to work. We had to face this nightmare daily until we wrapped the show.”

How liberal of them. LSM at its finest.

Patriot Vet on August 22, 2014 at 8:01 AM

…one of them ran up to her car and screamed, “We’re gonna bash that pretty face in, you fucking whore!”

Imagine the soulless corruption and sickness required to yell that at this lovely woman. Unions are made up of such sickness.

Jaibones on August 22, 2014 at 8:02 AM

Teamsters synonymous with “Classy”

DDoyle0224 on August 22, 2014 at 8:04 AM

If Padma was black, and the Teamsters were cops, this would be all over the news.

Okay, a bit of a stretch… ;)

The Rogue Tomato on August 21, 2014 at 11:55 PM

Nope.

Remember when the press made a wall-to-wall stink about the SEIU’s purple shirts roughing up a black man? Yeah, me neither.

CurtZHP on August 22, 2014 at 8:12 AM

Teamster negotiating tactics, effective for more than 100 years.

lel2007 on August 22, 2014 at 8:30 AM

The only places where unions survive are where workers are forced into them.

itsspideyman on August 21, 2014 at 11:21 PM

THIS.

BigWyo on August 22, 2014 at 8:44 AM

Two words: rubber bullets.

Ward Cleaver on August 21, 2014 at 11:25 PM

Anyone who is dumb enough to run up to my car and threaten my life and put me in danger would meet something else entirely:

Live rounds.

Turtle317 on August 22, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Remember this is a Los Angeles crew working in Boston.

Firearms are for smart people.

Dolce Far Niente on August 22, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Brown shirts.

rbj on August 22, 2014 at 9:10 AM

This might have been a bigger story if either Colicchio or Lakshmi had called out their fellow Democrats on their bad behavior. They almost certainly would have if they’d been Republicans or Tea Partiers.

So excuse me if I don’t even bother whipping out my tiny violin.

Maddie on August 22, 2014 at 9:32 AM

this lovely woman.
Jaibones on August 22, 2014 at 8:02 AM

“This lovely woman” supports All Things Democrat, including the supposed constitutional right to kill an unborn child for any reason or no reason.

She might be pretty on the outside, but she’s ugly on the inside.

Maddie on August 22, 2014 at 9:44 AM

So are these thugs protesting the illegals coming in to take their jobs? Didn’t think so.

hip shot on August 22, 2014 at 9:49 AM

“We’re gonna bash that pretty face in, you fucking whore!”

The perfectly appropriate response at that point would be a double-tap to the chest. If that had happened, this kind of lunacy might ebb a bit. If you threaten me (or my family or loved ones) with that sort of threat and you are within range of any operable weapon on my person or within reach, I will – with no hesitation whatsoever – immediately ensure that you are never a threat to me again. Ever.

Unfortunately, they threatened progressives, who think guns are icky, and violence should never beget violence and such.

GWB on August 22, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Huh, I guess a clear declaration of self-defense triggered the moderation software. Or did I use a bad word in there somewhere? Ah, maybe because I quoted the actual post above…. *facepalm*

“We’re gonna bash that pretty face in, you f@cking wh@re!”

The perfectly appropriate response at that point would be a double-tap to the chest. If that had happened, this kind of lunacy might ebb a bit. If you threaten me (or my family or loved ones) with that sort of threat and you are within range of any operable weapon on my person or within reach, I will – with no hesitation whatsoever – immediately ensure that you are never a threat to me again. Ever.

Unfortunately, they threatened progressives, who think guns are icky.

GWB on August 22, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Post it twice, and it will clear out the moderation filter. ;)

GWB on August 22, 2014 at 10:04 AM

And to think that “Redskins” is offensive enough to get El Presidente attention.

BobMbx on August 22, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Domestic Terrorists and should be handled accordingly.

Wade on August 22, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Democrat’s War on Women.

Mallard T. Drake on August 22, 2014 at 10:22 AM

I have to admit that I had never heard of Padma Lakshmi. Please note that such language is regularly directly at people by union members (because they are union members) but rarely at people with such amazing breasts.

Nomennovum on August 22, 2014 at 10:24 AM

So for two more weeks, “the picketers continued to subject us to threats of violence,…

That is assault, a crime everywhere even in Massachusetts.

Mass. criminal code:

Section 13A. (a) Whoever commits an assault or an assault and battery upon another shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than 21/2 years in a house of correction or by a fine of not more than $1,000.

….sexual and racist harassment,”

Section 1C. A person shall have the right to be free from sexual harassment, as defined in chapter one hundred and fifty-one B and one hundred and fifty-one C. The superior court shall have the jurisdiction to enforce this right and to award the damages and other relief provided in the third paragraph of section 9 of chapter 151B. Any such action shall be commenced in the superior court within the time allowed by said section 9 of said chapter 151B. No claim under this section that is also actionable under chapter 151B or chapter 151C shall be brought in superior court unless a complaint was timely filed with the Massachusetts commission against discrimination under said chapter 151B.

Section 43A. (a) Whoever willfully and maliciously engages in a knowing pattern of conduct or series of acts over a period of time directed at a specific person, which seriously alarms that person and would cause a reasonable person to suffer substantial emotional distress, shall be guilty of the crime of criminal harassment and shall be punished by imprisonment in a house of correction for not more than 21/2 years or by a fine of not more than $1,000, or by both such fine and imprisonment. The conduct or acts described in this paragraph shall include, but not be limited to, conduct or acts conducted by mail or by use of a telephonic or telecommunication device or electronic communication device including, but not limited to, any device that transfers signs, signals, writing, images, sounds, data or intelligence of any nature transmitted in whole or in part by a wire, radio, electromagnetic, photo-electronic or photo-optical system, including, but not limited to, electronic mail, internet communications, instant messages or facsimile communications.

the crew member said. “I was scared to go to work. We had to face this nightmare daily until we wrapped the show.”

They have a case against the Teamsters, both as an employer and as individuals.

BobMbx on August 22, 2014 at 10:28 AM

“Liberal” Massachusetts Democrats are absolutely furious about this.

Furious, I say.

KMC1 on August 22, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Angry that the show had not signed a Teamsters contract and that the production hired local PA’s to drive cast and crew vehicles, the dozen or so picketers from Boston’s Teamsters Local 25 kept at it for hours, raining down racist, sexist and homophobic threats and slurs as staffers came to and left the set that summer day…

Gee, I thought that behavior was only committed by those redneck rubes in the south/

Seriously, some of the most racist, sexist and homophobic people reside in the deep blue cities in the NE.

HumpBot Salvation on August 22, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Boston’s Teamsters Local 25 kept at it for hours, raining down racist, sexist and homophobic threats and slurs as staffers came to and left the set that summer day…

SOP for PWD (picketing/protesting while Democrat)…

DrDeano on August 22, 2014 at 10:48 AM

I’d video the threats and sue each one civilly.
Really drag it out, too, running right up to the expiration date for everything, rack up their legal fees.

Tard on August 22, 2014 at 10:49 AM

So, educate me: If a conservative of any stripe (or, God forbid, an ADMITTED Tea Party supporter) made even a vaguely sexist or racist remark about the lovely Ms Lakshmi: “Intolerant Raaaacism!!!”

If Hard Core Dem Brown Shirts Teamsters spew venom, threaten violence, and commit property damage upon her and dozens of her team:
(….sound of crickets…..more crickets…..)

Got it.

orangemtl on August 22, 2014 at 1:08 PM

From the “CNN source: Darren Wilson didn’t suffer an eye socket fracture” thread.

If youre a conservative of color. Make sure you read these comments.

These are the people youre aligning yourself with.

Your political leanings may change over time. Your skin color wont.

Politricks on August 22, 2014 at 12:24 AM

So, If youre a liberal of color. Make sure you read the comments made by the union…

Deets on August 22, 2014 at 1:54 PM

the Teamsters were “threatening, heckling and harassing.” …the Teamsters “gave the officer trouble.” …the Teamsters were “hostile, swearing, and refusing to let people come in and out. …the Teamsters went to the show’s hospitality tent and “harassed the crew there.” …“A group of them slashed the tires on 14 different cars owned by the crew.”

So basically, they acted like a bunch of…Teamsters.

And before anyone gets upset, I was a member of the Teamsters in Boston many years ago when I worked there. All they did was take my money and make it difficult for me to get merit raises. A bunch of thugs and gangsters.

jnelchef on August 22, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Sarah Palin and Condi Rice get this crap every day.

Padma, you need to rethink your anti-gun position.
You should carry a gun and learn how to use it.

It’ll empower you.

You won’t have to feel vulnerable after this incident.

It beats being a scared, liberal, girly girl.

Typicalwhitewoman on August 22, 2014 at 6:48 PM

They were just joking. Ask Joe Biden.

Christien on August 23, 2014 at 6:22 PM