Snuff Cuisine. Eat With Your Left Hand 'Cause This Ain't Right. Somewhere in China.
Warning: this video is very disturbing. It will stay with you for days. It's Iron Chef from Hell. You’ve been warned.
Think of me tonite
For that which you savor
Did it give you something real,
or could you taste the pain of my death in its flavor?
~ excerpted from Food Forethought by Wayne K. Tolson
There is always a line. No matter where you stand on anything, there’s that line. No matter how extreme your beliefs and practices, there’s always the line that’s just moved a bit and now has yet to be crossed. It’s theorized that we as humans possess infinite capacity for kindness as well as for cruelty. Sadly, this piece of video tilts well into the cruelty category. It’s a sadistic example of snuff cuisine that goes beyond the “live food preparation” style of food (or ikizukuri), which is controversial enough.
I’ve defended the practice of ikizukuri on this blog and in other outlets. I’ve eaten these types of dishes on a number of occasions. The experience can be extremely cruel yet inventive as is with “live lobster sashimi” when the lobster is seemingly watching itself being eaten alive. Or, the meal can be a terrifying fight with your furious food like sannakji or “live octopus”. The octopus reacting just as it would in nature, vigorously defending its life until it no longer can. And, in essence, the previous sentence was my shield against the appalled detractors of ikizukuri — I'd argue that in the wild, if the animal was hunted and eaten by a predator, it would be while it was living. So, this practice is not against nature. If anything, holding swine in cubicles where they’re rendered immobile while snuffling their own feculence is unnatural. The irony: eating an animal alive has turned aberrant while eating an unrecognizable slab of flesh from an animal raised in a factory farm is normal. I realize, for most, this notion is a lot to get one's head or stomach around. I'm the minority.
All that said, this video clip of an extreme cooking contest in China (above) not only crosses the line but clears it by a mile. And, before anyone becomes so upset after watching the video and promptly groups all Chinese people together as a bunch of barbarians, I submit another video clip (below), this one of Chinese pop singer Long Kuan, who recently encouraged her fans to explore the possibility of adopting vegetarianism or, ideally, veganism into their diets in order to stop global warming.
Bring forth the hate mail.
Chinese pop star Long Kuan "Go Vegan" video below: