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CNN Host Eats Human Brains On TV And People Are Pissed

Traveling the world and learning about other cultures can be a fruitful experience, but sometimes that experience can lead to some sketchy practices — like cannibalism.

CNN debuted an original series called “Believer” as host Reza Aslan traveled the world to learn about different religions and cultures, which led him to India to experience an “extreme Hindu sect” known as the Aghori.

The highlight of the Aghori segment was Aslan joining them for a meal of human brains, while also drinking out of a skull. In the video above, you can see him get somewhat bullied into eating the brains at the 1:15 mark.

Unless you’re a Walking Dead or Book of Elie fan, watching cannibalism on TV isn’t exactly anyone’s favorite. But what really got people angry, was the belief that the show was fetishizing the Aghori practices, and disrespecting the Hindu belief.

Aslan has been ripped non-stop since the Sunday premier, being bombarded on social media with lengthy comments, like:


And let’s not forget:

It’s evident that not everyone appreciated the episode, but Aslan hasn’t backed down, defending not only the episode, but his entire career as a scholar of religions. He said he understands the sensitivities that come with religion, but the show was not intended to represent all of Hinduism. In fact, one of the very first things Reza said on the show was, “There is a sect of Hinduism called the Aghori, challenging the very fabric of Indian society.”

If Aslan plans on being Anthony Bourdain 2.0, he’s off to a rocky start, but we’ll see how the second episode turns out. Hopefully he eats something a little less controversial.


Anthony Bourdain Says Goodbye to No Reservations, Travels to CNN

If you have been living under a non-food-obsessed rock lately, you might be unaware that a somewhat surprising announcement has been made on behalf of CNN .  Just a few days ago, the cable news network released a statement that Anthony Bourdain, renowned chef and TV personality, will be hosting his own weekend prime-time show on the network in early 2013.

According to the CNN press release, the show will be similar to ‘No Reservations’, in that it “will be shot on location and examine cultures from around the world through their food and dining and travel rituals.”

You might think this would be an odd fit for Bourdain, considering his outspoken personality, and his unconventional opinions on food — however, the chef  appears to be pretty positive about the decision:

“I’m really looking forward to coming over to CNN. I think the world is going to get a whole lot bigger for me, I hope that old fans and new ones will be excited about what’s coming down the road”, said Bourdain.

Although, his excitement would seem to make sense, considering his distaste with [Scripps- also the parent company of the Travel Channel ] The Food Network.

So what does this mean for all of us die-hard ‘No Reservations’ fans? I am sure you can still catch re-runs on the Travel Channel, or even on Netflix- so one can’t feel too deprived. My hope is that this new program is just as popular with his viewers, ensuring its longevity- because a world without Anthony Bourdain would be a sad world indeed.

What do you think about Anthony’s move to CNN- is it a smart idea, or imminent disaster?

[Via Huffington Post and CNN]



Burger King "Flame" CNN Coverage

Yesterday we reported the creation of a Burger King produced cologne entitled, “Flame”, it seems CNN’s news team was not too far behind on the coverage, hitting the streets to get people reaction.