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Mark Bittman Apologizes After Calling Dead Chick-Fil-A VP A 'Pig' [UPDATED]

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New York Times food writer Mark Bittman has found himself in some hot water recently. First he tried to alienate his dairy-loving readers by going on a bit of an anecdotally-based anti-milk crusade. Conveniently, his next book will try to launch his concept of a "vegan before 6" diet into the mainstream.

This time around, Bittman is apologizing after referring to the recently deceased vice president of corporate relations for Chick-fil-A as a "pig."

In Bittman's original August 3 link round-up, he wrote: "Speaking of pigs, the VP of PR for Chick-fil-A dropped dead of a heart attack the week after the chain’s latest homophobia/anti-gay marriage scandal." After the Freakonomics blog picked up the text, the statement spread around the web, and Tuesday afternoon Bittman was forced to apologize. He writes:

In a recent blog post, I used an inappropriate phrase to refer to the late VP of PR for Chick-fil-A. My choice of words did not rise to either my own standards or to The Times’s, and the phrase has been removed from the post. I regret this lapse.

His original post now omits the "speaking of pigs" line.

UPDATE -- 8/8/12, 5:30pm:

Mark Bittman, mysteriously, seems determined to keep going there. On Wednesday afternoon he re-tweeted a follower's message that seems to be defending Bittman's use of the slur (which, remember, he's already apologized for). Or something?

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Might want to just lay low on the topic of the deceased Chick-fil-A VP, Mark.

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