Kink or Criminal? The Rise of Cannibalism in Pop Culture

The Bridge: Cannibal content has been trending on various timelines, leaving many wondering where to draw the line between kink and actual harmful rhetoric/behavior.

Eat Me!

So…we’re not sure how we ended up here, but cannibalism is trending.

The New York Times (NYT) published “A Taste for Cannibalism” in the last week of July, and thanks to lines like “Turns out, cannibalism has a time and a place…”, raised alarm bells across the twittersphere (just a fancy name for twitter). If that weren’t startling enough, the actual article listed numerous books and tv shows promoting… people-eating-people.

Remember Soylent Green (1973)? It’s a film about a food substitute made from literal human beings, and it began trending shortly after this article was published. Shows depicting cannibalism, like Hannibal and The Santa Clarita Diet, also reemerged on our timelines. With things looking more and more like a zombie apocalypse waiting to happen, we respectfully muted all cannibalism chatter during that week. Not sorry about it.

Thankfully, the internet majority agreed, questioning the NYT for causing this questionable domino effect. Some things are just too weird to joke about.

He’s Not Acting…

As if the NYT glamorizing feasting on forbidden foods wasn’t enough, cannibalism is making another round through the media thanks to Armie Hammer – A-List actor and self-proclaimed cannibal. 

Hammer, known for his roles in The Social Network and Call Me by Your Name, made (scary) headlines in 2021 after recordings of him threatening to violently eat multiple women surfaced. It really doesn’t get any weirder (or worse) than this. The #MeToo Movement held Hammer accountable for his actions, but subsequent conversations around kink, shame, and consent have arisen.

(Human) Food 4 Thought

Gen-Z is all about consent for sexual and non-sexual activities. And we love them for that. It goes without saying that predators like Armie Hammer aren’t getting a pass from the wokest generation, but shaming his fantasies isn’t something they’re trying to do either.

Kink shaming, or making someone feel less-than because of their sexual desires, is a huge no-no for Gen-Z and Z-llennials alike. Freedom to express oneself in safe and honest ways is typical Gen-Z, and they go the distance to have open dialogue about different fetishes and sexual appetites – including cannibalism sexting.

Gen-Z’s navigation of these touchy subjects is rooted in their ultimate desire for irrevocable agency of their bodies. Think about it – how will you know what’s appropriate or inappropriate with your partner if you never talk about it?

Vore, the fetish where you’re had for dinner, is just one of the many kinks that have been platformed and discussed in recent years. Here at the Gen Bridge we like to keep our kink levels hovering around Rod Stewart or below.

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