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Newfoundlanders call out Bourdain show for ‘offensive’ word

May 10, 2018
FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2016, file photo, Anthony Bourdain participates in the BUILD Speaker Series to discuss the online film series "Raw Craft" at AOL Studios in New York. Celebrity chef Bourdain's TV show has angered some Newfoundlanders after using a certain diminutive nickname many find offensive. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2016, file photo, Anthony Bourdain participates in the BUILD Speaker Series to discuss the online film series "Raw Craft" at AOL Studios in New York. Celebrity chef Bourdain's TV show has angered some Newfoundlanders after using a certain diminutive nickname many find offensive. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)

ST. JOHN’S, Newfoundland (AP) — Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain’s TV show has angered some Newfoundlanders after using a certain diminutive nickname many find offensive.

The Twitter account for CNN’s “Parts Unknown” used the term “Newfie” in a promotional tweet for this week’s episode on local cuisine and landscapes in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The official account of the food and travel show posted an article with Newfoundland-related books and local slang, saying “Embrace the Newfies as they are.”

The term has origins implying Newfoundlanders are unintelligent and lazy and is considered derogatory.

One man tweeted that “a fair portion of Newfoundlanders find the term ‘Newfie’ offensive.”

The celebrity chef visited the province last fall.

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