An explosive American TV appearance by an Israeli expat and his wife, and their
subsequent aggressive online reaction, have gone viral and made headlines in the
Samy and Amy Bouzaglo let rip at critics in a spectacularly
public fashion after they and their restaurant in Scottsdale, Arizona, were
panned by Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares reality show.
Ramsay had few
good words to say about the menu at Amy’s Baking Company Bakery Boutique &
Bistro, sending back dish after dish prepared by head chef Amy.
program, which aired on May 10, showed Samy threatening and swearing at
customers, and even telling Ramsay that, “I am the gangster, not
The multiple Michelin star-winning chef ultimately walked out of the
restaurant – the first time he has done so in the six seasons of the show, which
aims to help turn around failing eateries.
But the real storm was yet to
come, as the restaurant’s Facebook page soon became a viral sensation, with the
number of subscribers skyrocketing, and irate and expletive-laden posts by the
Bouzaglos receiving thousands of shares.
Many of the abusive comments
that appeared on the page were subsequently removed, and the Bouzaglos wrote on
Facebook that they had been hacked and were consulting with the FBI.
all of the Yelpers and Reddits: Bring it on,” read one Facebook post, thought to
be penned by Samy Bouzaglo and later take down, referencing the popular
restaurant review site and online message board, where many negative comments
were posted about the restaurant.
“Come to Arizona. You are weaker than
my wife, and weaker than me. Come to my business. Say it to my face, man to man.
My wife is a jewel in the desert. You are just trash.”
In another post,
Samy identifies himself as the author, and warns that he is “keeping note of all
names here” and will be seeking legal recourse.
Another comment, thought
to have been posted by Amy Bouzaglo, read: “WE ARE NOT FREAKING OUT, WE DO NOT
CARE ABOUT A ‘WITCH HUNT.’ I AM NOT A WITCH. I AM GODS [sic] CHILD. P**S OFF ALL
OF YOU. F*** REDDITS, F*** YELP AND F*** ALL OF YOU. BRING IT. WE WILL FIGHT
Few of the hundreds of comments that the posts received were
One commenter, who signed his post “An Embarrassed Jew,”
urged Samy “the Middle Eastern rug dealer” to go back to Israel, and warned that
he had contacted the IRS over the restaurant’s policy of keeping the tips given
to the wait staff by customers.