Queen of the airwaves Abbie Chatfield has gone viral in Italy after criticising a bougie restaurant for only providing a menu with actual prices on it to her partner Konrad Bień-Stephen. The patriarchy strikes again!
It’s fair to say our gal hath gone #viral in the European nation. Or, as the Italians call it “virale”.
Vanity Fair’s headline “Venezia, la protesta dell’influencer: Il menu senza prezzi per le donne? Sessismo,” roughly translates to “Venice, the protest of the influencer: “The menu without prices for women? Sexism”.
I can’t help but feel it isn’t a perfect translation but I blame Google Translate for that… Regardless, you get the point!
Since Abbie’s criticism on social media, the Italian press has picked up the story and run with it.
As a consequence of Abbie’s critique, one of her Italian followers claimed that the restaurant “will now ask customers what menu they want to see. So, I think that’s a good outcome” as per the Vanity Fair article.
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The initial incident occurred during Abbie’s travels through Europe. She and Konrad stopped off for some classy tucker in Venice — the city of love (and apparently also the city of 1920s social politics).
When the pair were perusing the menu for a bite to eat, they realised Konrad’s was the only with prices on it.
Abbie had been given a “courtesy menu” since the man is always expected to pay at these fancy spots (???).
The natural next step for Abbie was to upload a recap of the night’s events to TikTok in a vid that currently has over 700k views at the time of writing.
First time travelling with money is WILD!!!!♬ original sound – Abbie Chatfield
All in all we totally reckon Abbie was justified in calling out these out-of-date practices that somehow persist under the guise of “tradition”.
As she points out in her TikTok, she is the breadwinner. And BOY does she make a lotta bread. Or, as the Italians call it “pane”.