(by Paul Sacca | The Blaze) – The New York Times – the so-called “newspaper of record” – advocated that “cannibalism has a time and a place,” and that current media suggests that now is the time to eat your fellow human. The eye-raising article was flayed on Twitter for even suggesting that people eat people, and many commentators reckoned that the New York Times writer put her foot in her mouth.
The piece was written by Alex Beggs – a freelance writer and “regular contributor at Bon Appétit, where she reviews the latest Trader Joe’s products, writes the magazine’s questionable etiquette column, and regularly covers cookbooks,” according to journalist database Muck Rack.
The article titled “A Taste for Cannibalism?” argues that cannibalism is having a moment right now because of “some recent stomach-churning books, and on television and film screens.”
However, cannibalism has been featured in entertainment throughout history – including “Soylent Green” (1973), “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (1974), “Cannibal Holocaust” (1980), “Conan the Barbarian” (1982), “Silence of the Lambs” (1991), “Alive” (1993), “Ravenous” (1999), “The 13th Warrior” (1999), “American Psycho” (2000), “Sin City” (2005), “The Hills Have Eyes” (2006), and “Jennifer’s Body” (2009), just to name a few.
The article cites cannibalism being a theme in the Showtime TV show “Yellowjackets.”
Ashley Lyle – the co-creator of “Yellowjackets” – was unable to bite her own tongue and blamed climate change and school shootings as reasons why people are interested in cannibalism.
“As to what may be fueling the desire for cannibalism stories today, Ms. Lyle, the ‘Yellowjackets’ co-creator, said, ‘I think that we’re obviously in a very strange moment.’ She listed the pandemic, climate change, school shootings and years of political cacophony as possible factors.”
“I think we’re often drawn to the things that repulse us the most,” Lyle said.
“Yellowjackets” co-creator Bart Nickerson claimed, “But I keep coming back to this idea of, what portion of our revulsion to these things is a fear of the ecstasy of them?”