New York Times piece suggesting there’s a ‘time and place’ for ‘cannibalism’
Twitter users expressed discomfort and confusion on Twitter Saturday after The New York Times published an article claiming there’s a “time and a place” for “cannibalism.”
Users blasted the piece for seemingly “normalizing” the grisly practice of eating human flesh.
The New York Times published the outlandish piece, titled “A Taste for Cannibalism?” in its Style section on Saturday. Written by Alex Beggs, the article provided insight into cannibalism’s growing relevance in pop culture – especially in a “spate of recent stomach-churning books” – and touted one author’s assertion that cannibalism’s “time is now.”
The piece provided a showcase for a set of interesting quotes from the creators of Yellowjackets, a Showtime series featuring graphic scenes of cannibalism. Co-creator Ashley Lyle explained her inspiration for the show, saying, “I think we’re often drawn to the things that repulse us the most.”
Her creative partner Bart Nickerson added, “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?”
Beggs’ piece also sought to find out “what may be fueling the desire for cannibalism stories today.” According to Lyle, it’s the current “strange moment.” She mentioned “the pandemic, climate change, school shootings and years of political cacophony as possible factors.”