Boston attack on Padma Lakshmi and crew

by Walter Olson on August 22, 2014

If done by anyone other than unionists, this would by now be a trending national story:

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 wh*re!”

“She was scared,” said a Top Chef crewmember who witnessed the incident.

Bravo had incurred the wrath of Charlestown-based Teamsters Local 25 by using its own production assistants as drivers, reports the Boston Herald:

The picketers lobbed sexist, racist and homophobic slurs at the rest of the cast and crew for most of the day, the website reported, and when production wrapped, the “Top Chef” crew found that tires were slashed on 14 of their cars. Milton police confirmed that the union members were “threatening, heckling and harassing” but said no arrests were made.

The Herald quotes a spokeswoman for Local 25, Melissa Hurley, sounding completely unapologetic: “As far as we’re concerned, nothing happened.” Or to put it differently: Teamsters Will Be Teamsters.

More, including the violent history that makes this incident anything but “isolated,” from the Boston Globe. I’ve posted on the curious exemption of unions from the law of harassment, stalking, hostile environment, intimidation, etc. here, here (more on Philadelphia Quaker meetinghouse arson), and in various other posts, as well as in my book The Excuse Factory.


1 Ed 08.22.14 at 10:17 am

Follow the money! Of course nothing will happen, unions contribute too much money to politicians. The politicians send the word out to the police. The police are also unionized and unions give money to police benevolent funds. So the circle continues.

2 Walter Olson 08.22.14 at 10:38 am

Massachusetts attorney general and gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley got $15,000 from Local 25, it seems:

3 SmallGovernmentGuy 08.22.14 at 10:39 am

I’m sure Eric Holder will be right there to set things right…

4 Jason Barney 08.22.14 at 12:38 pm

Union actions are often, “…thuggery, plain and simple…” Not my words, but those of a federal judge.

5 Wfjag 08.22.14 at 1:22 pm

If it had been a protest by Westboro Baptist Church members, it would be the lead story in HuffPo, CNN, MSNBC & prominently reported in tomorrow’s NYT & WaPo.
There is no bias in the media– repeat that until your eyes glaze.

6 John Burgess 08.22.14 at 6:17 pm

@Wfjag: I believe the intent is to have us keep repeating it until we believe it. Glazed eyes, not so much.

7 Hugo S. Cunningham 08.22.14 at 9:09 pm

As dashboard cameras become more common in this country, we can upload video footage of “racist thug of the day”, “sexist thug of the day,” etc, to sites like YouTube ( with as much identifying info as possible).

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