Mario Batali deftly fends off Twitter morons after raising money for Texas pro-choice charity

By Tony Ortega
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 15:13 EDT
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Chef Mario Batali announced yesterday afternoon on his Twitter account (540K followers) that for the next 30 minutes he was going to match donations from his followers up to $5,000 as, in New York, Sarah Silverman and Lizz Winstead were holding a fundraiser for Lady Parts Justice, a pro-choice effort to support women in Texas struggling under new restrictive laws…

Of course, even the genial TV chef had to know that no good deed goes unpunished on Twitter.

First, he had to fend off complaints that offering to match what others gave would limit his own donation…


Then came another classic complaint: How could Batali give to cause X when cause Y needs his help?


But inevitably, things turned political.


As things got meaner, Mario only got more charming…


Finally, this morning, he’d had enough of the nuttiness and pushed the keyboard away. But not before one final note of defiance…


Batali. That guy can cook.


Tony Ortega
Tony Ortega
Tony Ortega is Raw Story's executive editor. From 2007 to 2012 , he was editor-in-chief of The Village Voice. He also worked at Voice Media Group's other newspapers in Phoenix, Los Angeles, Kansas City, and Fort Lauderdale. He lives in New York City and is originally from Los Angeles.
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