Would You Eat Another Person?

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Forget about the “yes if I was starving to death after a plane crash” answer. How about if it was part of a Brooklyn food festival? If you’re Anthony Bourdain, “Yes, yes, I fucking would.” (Apparently he’d like to deep fry Dick Cheney’s head, fuck him up the ass and then cook him. Each to his own, I guess.) Dana Goodyear reports on modern cannibalism for The New Yorker:

Probably the most scandalous assertion of Upton Sinclair’s fictional exposé of Packingtown was that the careless, virtually unregulated, factory-style processing of meat that was the norm at the turn of the century was making unwitting cannibals of the American public. Men working in the steam rooms, he wrote, would fall into open vats in the floor

“and when they were fished out, there was never enough of them left to be worth exhibiting—sometimes they would be overlooked for days, till all but the bones of them had gone out to the world as Durham’s Pure Leaf Lard!”

Cannibalism—whether unintentional, deliberate (as with the Donner Party, the Uruguayan rugby team, and scores of sailors in extremis) or plain murderous (the recent incident in Florida)—represents the most troubling extreme of our omnivorous condition. Just because we can, will we?…

[continues in The New Yorker]


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14 Comments on "Would You Eat Another Person?"

  1. rus Archer | Jun 4, 2012 at 4:13 pm |

    long pig: the solution to overpopulation!

  2. Redacted | Jun 4, 2012 at 4:22 pm |

    I’ve never understood why we aren’t supposed to eat people. It adds more misery to the world, which is always a good thing.

  3. Only if they’d been raised organically.

  4. JohnFrancisBittrich | Jun 4, 2012 at 4:46 pm |

    Even back when I was vegetarian, my answer to this question was an emphatic YES! I can understand why someone might have a problem with eating an innocent creature, but at the end of the day there is no such thing as an innocent (adult, anyway) human being.

  5. “Beyond Lies the Wub”

    If a creature is intelligent enough to debate whether or not you should eat it, you probably shouldn’t.

  6. DeepCough | Jun 4, 2012 at 9:58 pm |

    I hate humans too much to eat them–at least, without ample amounts of hot sauce.

  7. MoralDrift | Jun 5, 2012 at 2:44 am |

    I know its sort of a funny joke and whatnot for some reason…try to keep an open mind and all that. But Cannibalism should not be tolerated and is a taboo for a reason. Health, societal(tribal) cohesion, and simple morality. 

    • Monkey See Monkey Do | Jun 5, 2012 at 4:39 am |

      Human flesh is no less healthy than animal flesh (low nutrients, causes cancer & heart disease, buts its edible and prevents starvation) Not very healthy for the person getting eaten though.

  8. Monkey See Monkey Do | Jun 5, 2012 at 4:35 am |

    Cannibalism could balance things out. 1 American could feed 50 Africans.

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