Guy Fieri Finally Opens Up About Being ‘Demoralized’ By His Numerous Critics And Haters

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Guy Fieri has a new interview in Success Magazine‘s June issue — in fact, he’s on the cover — and the man is removed from the layers of cheese, donkey sauce, and hair gel to reveal a guy who hears your criticism and doesn’t like it too much. Fieri might seem larger than life, but he reveals that he bleeds just like you do and he has feelings too:

“I’m like anybody else,” he says. “You get enough, you can get beat up. You can get hurt. You can get frustrated. You can get demoralized.”

He says he doesn’t think about it much, but when he does, the level of hate baffles him. “If there are 100 people who don’t like me, 90 of them don’t have a reason, Have I pissed some people off? Yes. Have I done wrong? I’m not sitting here saying I haven’t. But most of the negativity is entirely superficial.”

Now when you hear about this sort of thing, Anthony Bourdain is likely the first person to come to mind. He’s had a pretty high profile feud with the Food Network star, wondering if Fieri could ever “de-douche” and questioning existence if the world couldn’t make jokes at his expense. In the past, Fieri has not been a fan of Bourdain’s comments, saying he didn’t “like him talking sh*t” and making fun of people on his show.

His comments this time around is similar, but he seems to aiming to take a higher road than dropping some f-bombs and then farting off on a tube of nacho cheese. He’s just a dude trying to be unique in a world full of boring people. Elite:

“What am I supposed to do? Am I supposed to stop being me? If someone boos a quarterback, does that mean he stops throwing his favorite pass?”

“If I probably didn’t have tattoos, or if I probably didn’t bleach my hair, or if I probably didn’t wear blue jeans and a T-shirt to fancy things, if I didn’t do things that make me look like someone who’s whacked out of their mind, it’d probably be different. But then again, that’s how I wanna dress. And I like my tattoos. And I like my hair cut the way it is.”

Clothes and frosted tips are not supposed to make the man, but perhaps Fieri is just too much man to just let his personality chill inside. He needs the clothes and look to really knock it home — although no one would argue if he ever went back to his unfrosted look. But if he were just a normal square, would you see him make a dish like this?

“In Japanese, sushi does not mean raw fish,” he says. “It means seasoned rice.”

He quickly puts together a sushi roll stuffed with a piece of pork, a piece of avocado and a french fry, while telling the story of the dish’s name. He says a friend told him, “You can’t make sushi out of barbecue,” and called him a jackass. “So that’s what we call it, the Jackass Roll.”

Pure fire, wrapped in “seasoned rice” and dipped in spicy donkey BBQ sauce. Then deep fried to perfection.

(via Success Magazine)