Eddie Matney Turns Up the bin Laden Heat on Facebook

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​They say politics and romance don't mix, but how about food? Looks like Chef Eddie Matney might have lost a customer or two with his status update this morning on Facebook:

It was the the [sic] policies of Presidents Clinton and Bush that were in place that led up to the killing of Bin laden. If Bush or any President had the opportunity to call for the kill shot... they would have. Obama just happened to be in the White House!

The longtime Valley chef (and owner of Eddie's House in Scottsdale) scored dozens of "likes" with his comment, and more than a few atta boys. But apparently not everyone agrees with Matney's politics:

"Really, Eddie. Thanks for showing us your true colors," one "friend" wrote. And another: "Stick to cooking Eddie."

Ouch. (We'll spare you the super-long diatribes.)

So what did Eddie do? Find out after the jump.

As of early afternoon, Matney hadn't taken down his comment or the responses. But a little after noon, he updated his status:

I should have kept my thoughts to myself, Politics and a Chef do not mix. Back to my life at the restaurant! Have a great day FB friends!

Immediately, a "friend" offered some pretty good advice:

"Remember don't mix religion and politics with anything especially business."

Another pal concluded, "speak your mind, Eddie as those who would wish you do otherwise aren't worthy of being called 'friends' :)"

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Andrew
Andrew

Eddie's House sucks, that's why people don't go to his restaurant. It has nothing to do with his FB post or his political views. Shitty food = No biz.

kkhkk1
kkhkk1

Did you ever expect a corporation to have a conscience, when it has no soul to damned, and no body to be kicked? From: http://xrl.us/bh8tjk

David Bickford
David Bickford

I'm not Matney's "friend" on Facebook, so I can't see his comments in context and decide whether to be offended or not. The real issue here, though, is that while Matney has a Facebook account, he appears not to have a Facebook page for his restaurant. That seems like a social media mistake.

Instead of becoming "friends" with customers, reserve the personal profile for true face-to-face friends who will remain friends even when political differences surface. The Facebook page, on the other hand, is where customers can "like" the restaurant, and that enviroment should be kept apolitical with emphasis purely on the restaurant itself.

vicelord
vicelord

Way to sound like a complete redneck, Eddie.

Trollazona!
Trollazona!

Oftentimes I find that people are angry over a comment not so much because of what was said but by how many people actually agree with it.

vicelord
vicelord

I think it would be mindless for anyone to be angry over his comment. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, just the same as I'm entitled to not give anyone my money who is openly red.

Trollazona!
Trollazona!

Ah, so everybody that doesn't like Obama is "red"?

Kimberli9
Kimberli9

It doesn't matter if I agree or disagree with Eddie's politics (let's face it, he wasn't advocating a new political party that kills kittens for votes), I'm still going to respect his opinions. And as long as he isn't serving said kittens for dinner, if his food is good (it is), I'm going to enjoy it. I get "voting with your dollars" but for crying out loud, we're talking about one person expressing their opinion. What next, refusing to patronize an establishment because someone of the opposite political persuasion does? What a slippery, stupid slope...

Maria
Maria

Why would Chow Bella purposely put Chef Eddie on "blast" like this? Talk about stirring the pot and giving a guy bad press. Way to support the culinary scene, Chow Bella!

Amy Silverman
Amy Silverman

we are here to share news about the scene, maria -- not to be cheerleaders. and given the reaction this post and eddie's original updates have gotten, this is news.

Frequent diner
Frequent diner

Yeah, well, I let him know I found his commentary and the way he handled it ( posting that AND keeping it all up there--c'mon this JUST happened and he's already trying to steal the credit from the President--then cloaking it as he'd "say the same thing" no matter who was in the Presidency--that kind of thing is so disingenuous--he'd have garnered more respect if he just owned it as his political beliefs instead of cloaking it in BS).

Yeah I got called a "left wing crazy" by one of Eddie's "friends" then let Eddie know I found his deal on this "distasteful" which is basically the opposite as you want to be seen as a CHEF. Then I unfriended him. I go out to dinner a lot. A whole lot. And, well, I do choose on a variety of factors, most of which is my dining pleasure. And that just flat out killed my buzz. Thankfully, there are tons of other great restaurants in town and I'm probably glad I don't know any of their politics so can just enjoy their delicious food (and ambiance).

Trollazona!
Trollazona!

Personally I wouldn't have agreed with Eddie's comment either since he's basically employing a gross oversimplification in order to reduce the amount of credit going to Obama for what happened.

So because you had an emotionally unpleasant experience with strangers on Facebook over a largely irrelevant comment you're not going to go (back?) to Eddies? For someone with such seemingly high standards and sensitivity of offending them I'd imagine you'd be able to formulate a more coherent argument or muster more discipline over your "buzz". You may need to reduce your Facebook perusals lest you be left with but a meek handful of dining choices...

Frequent Diner
Frequent Diner

You really stringin together those big words don'tcha? ;) But it's good you chose wisely with "seemingly" and, in this case, your "seem" isn't my scene at all. I'm actually super low maintenance and easy to please when it comes to dining out. I dig dives as much as the best joints in town and enjoy them all. Frequently. And I have the disposable income to spend wherever I want to dine. Noca, FnB, Barrio Cafe--love those. I know a fair number of local chefs. Nope never been to Eddie's and I don't tend to frequent places I already don't really dig the vibe. Eddie chose to send out a certain message and he got a certain response. I've never once limited myself from a restaurant until this very day. Woohoo Congrats Eddie! You're number one! His comments , relevant or not, were just. that. ignorant. Leaving them up was just icing on the cake.

I don't need an argument more than "I don't dig the vibe and I wouldn't want to support that place with my dollars". It's enough for me. I can COOK great food for God's sake and love supporting local. He embarassed himself with that whole deal, lost my respect and I am that kinda biased who won't patronize that just over this. And there's a whole lot more of me out there. Which is why, smart business folks are careful about being their own bad PR.

Charlesdean
Charlesdean

Eddie was right on target - Obama's speech was all about what Obama did, which was to allow things to continue that were put into place before he even got there. Bush put the plans in motion and Clinton and Bush Sr. helped take it to a new level when appointed. It couldn't have been less obvious that Obama was trying to make it about him so people would hopefully forget how he has jacked up so many other things. I love how the media never points out these obvious facts. Of course Obama said yes to the kill shot. It's the one good thing he was able to do while in the white house, he has ruined everything else.

Trollazona!
Trollazona!

I think it's jive that a dude is supposed to keep his not-factually-inaccurate opinions to himself out of fear of possibly maybe perhaps on an off chance offend people from patronizing his restaurant.

Certainly, his FB posting omitted finer details that could have illustrated the different presidents and their various strategic approaches to getting Bin Laden, but, come on, it's Facebook. If Mr. Eddie put a sign up in his business and handed out pamphlets saying as much I could see some people getting turned off of going there, but a man is free to his opinion regardless his occupation.

People that get Facebook butthurt that seriously are probably more trouble to deal with than it's worth in terms of restaurant patronage. "Boycotting" a restaurant because of the proprietor's political opinions is not being socially conscious, it's being a douchebag. I spent a couple of years in a kitchen working with the owner-operator making all kinds of stuff. Didn't matter what he thought about this or that, and he could be outspoken (in proportion to his Budweiser consumption). People kept coming back and clamoring for more; political opinionation doesn't make good food any less delicious.

Americans should pride themselves on being able to disagree on things yet still be friends and conduct business. Stop taking yourself so seriously, sit down, and dig in.

Dooshbagg
Dooshbagg

Hmmm, I won't go to any restaurants owned by members of the Nazi party. I guess that makes me a doucehbag. Finally I have something to put in quotes on my Yelp account!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Choose to publicly share something polarizing on social media and you will get...polarized. Not necessarily a good/bad thing for a person but a risky thing for a business.

Trollazona!
Trollazona!

Indeed. Were his restaurant in San Francisco instead of Scottsdale it'd have been even riskier, but given that it is in Scottsdale and that a good many seemed to agree with his opinion I don't think he has much to worry about.

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