In what some might argue is an example of why America can no longer have nice things, a New York City press dinner meant to boost Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s bid for the White House erupted on Tuesday with the sound of farts and fury as two garrulous guests disrupted the event with an argument on climate change that can only be called “explosive.”
According to the New York Post’s Page Six, the dinner “devolved into a foul bout of screaming and polemic farting” when “two boisterous old men” led the gathering “down an extremely unfortunate path.”
“The gaseous exchange — to which Page Six bore reluctant witness — began after a guest asked Kennedy, founder of the ecological organization Waterkeeper Alliance, about the environment,” the outlet reports.
The question was enough to trigger “apparently drunk gossip-columnist-turned-flak Doug Dechert,” who hosted the event.
Dechert reportedly “became enraged and screamed at the top of his lungs: ‘The climate hoax!'”
That’s when Dechert’s longtime friend, 86-year-old art critic Anthony Haden-Guest, woke from what Page Six says was a happy nap to call his pal a “miserable blob” and beg him to “shut up!”
As RFK Jr. “calmly” watched his night go up in a soon-to-be noxious puff of hot air, “Dechert continued to scream wildly about the climate change ‘scam’ while Haden-Guest peppered him with verbal volleys from across the table, calling him variously ‘f*cking insane’ and ‘insignificant.'”
“Here, it seems, Dechert sensed the need for a new rhetorical tack,” Page Six dutifully reports, “and let rip a loud, prolonged fart while yelling, as if to underscore his point, ‘I’m farting!'”
It is unclear “whether Dechert was farting at Haden-Guest personally or at the very notion of global warming,” but, bringing up the candidate’s assassinated relatives, specifically his father, Robert F. Kennedy, seemed to at least one attendee a more favorable topic.
The attempt to change the subject, however, was thwarted when, “Sadly, and somewhat inexplicably, another guest brought things back to climate change, leading to another round of yelling.”
Asked by Page Six to comment on the outbursts, Dechert asked the outlet to refer to him as either a “gallivanting boulevardier” or a “beer-fueled sex rocket” and apologized for “using my flatulence as a medium of public commentary in your presence.”
He was not, however, a bit sorry for his views, saying he has “zero tolerance for the climate hoax scam nonsense in any venue that I am personally funding.”
Haden-Guest, a Brit who wrote about the sex- and drug-fueled glory days of Studio 54, called the exchange “ridiculous.”
“I’ve known Doug many years. We have had spats before about this and that. We are not quite the same politically, but that doesn’t affect relationships in the UK,” he told Page Six. “But I thought this was pretty ridiculous.”
“Doug said it was a hoax and scam. A scam for who? Who is benefiting?” he continued. “That’s not a political thing, it’s a human existence thing.”
The Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair contributor said it was very “unusual” for him to engage in a public fight, “but when it is preposterous and it’s a life-or-death issue with the planet, to treat it as a zany political thing is foolish.”
As for telling his friend of three decades that he was “done” with him, Haden-Guest said, “I didn’t mean it. I am sure we will talk again.”
Fighting and flatulence aside, New York Post journalist Miranda Devine said the evening was “fun,” albeit “weird.”
“This honestly was a fun dinner, with a few weird interludes,” she tweeted. ”@RobertKennedyJr is the real deal and the Gallivanting Boulevardier is now the talk of town!”
— Miranda Devine (@mirandadevine) July 13, 2023
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