Boycott this fool “Salt Bae’s” restaurant in Miami: Nusr-Et Steakhouse, 999 Brickell Ave.
Turkish restaurateur Nusret Gokce, bka #SaltBae
, has come under fire on social media after a video showed him serving Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his wife, Cilia, an expensive steak during a dinner in Istanbul.
Venezuela's economy has been in free fall in recent years with many people living in poverty and suffering from malnutrition.
Images and videos of Gokce sprinkling salt on his dishes became a viral sensation last year, making him an international celebrity. He owns several high-end Nusr-Et Steakhouse restaurants, including one in Miami's Brickell neighborhood.
Gokce posted the video of Maduro on his Twitter and Instagram accounts on Monday [which have now been removed].
“I don't know who this weirdo Saltbae is, but the guy he is so proud to host is not the president of Venezuela," Sen. Marco Rubio said on Twitter. "He is actually the overweight dictator of a nation where 30% of the people eat only once a day and infants are suffering from malnutrition."
People on Instagram & Twitter posted the video alongside images of Venezuelans searching for food. Another image showed Gokce sprinkling salt on a skeletal child.
Rubio also tweeted the address of Gokce's Miami restaurant and along with the phone number, urging people to call.
"Nusret attended to us personally. We were chatting, having a good time with him. ... He loves Venezuela, he told me several times," Maduro said in a state television broadcast, according to Reuters.
Miami's mayor also weighed in on the video.
"It is disgusting to see the dictator Nicolas Maduro eating in this video while in Venezuela people are dying of hunger and tens of thousands cross the borders looking for a refuge and something to eat," Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said on Twitter.
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