Valid point. I would recommend you to watch some of his more sensitive episodes, like Israel and Dubai.
If a foreign correspondent dug deep here, it would be filled with stories of human rights abuses, a law-breaking surveillance state, ran by a wealthy elite.
Yes, awful things happen; but that is not the whole story. What is the average person's experience? Most of us aren't Edward Snowden or Trayvon Martin. Most of us sit happily by as our world goes to hell.
Bourdain does a good job of capturing the average experience. Police in UAE look the other way as migrant workers run traditional illegal boxing matches. The few people he interviews are very happy to say that they have chosen this life to make it better for their families.
It is be very egotistical to impose our values on other cultures and peoples.
I befriended an Indian Illegal in Hong Kong. He slept on the washing machine. He made that choice to improve his chances and those of his family. Would you deny him that right only when it is state sanctioned?
From my perspective illegals are in a far more tenuous position.