One American presenter and writer has been harshly criticized for eating a real human brain on his TV documentary.
In the very first episode his new CNN series “Believer”, host Reza Aslan sat with people from the Aghori, a nomadic religion based inside India. The Aghori are worshippers of Shiva, a Hindu deity, but is against some of the many other tenets of the religion Hinduism and instead, practice various unusual ceremonies, such as cannibalism.
As he stayed with the tribe of Aghori, Aslan sipped on alcohol from within a human skull, and ate cooked pieces of human brain. He later posted on Facebook about the experience: “Want to know what a dead guy’s brain tastes like? Charcoal. It was burnt to a crisp!”
Critics immediately attacked his program on claims that it only focuses on the Aghori sect and misrepresents Hinduism as the varying religion it is.
A recently released statement from the US India Political Action Committees (USINPAC) stated: “With multiple reports of hate-fueled attacks against people of Indian origin from across the U.S., the show characterizes Hinduism as cannibalistic, which is a bizarre way of looking at the third largest religion in the world.”
Vamsee Juluri, professor of media studies in the University of California, also launched his own attach upon the “racist” show in his article published in the Huffington Post.
“It is unbelievably callous and reckless of CNN to be pushing sensational and grotesque images of bearded brown men and their morbid and deathly religion at a time when the United States is living through a period of unprecedented concern and fear,” wrote Juluri.
Congresswoman in the US, Tulsi Gabbard labelled the episode being “sensationalist and absurd”.
Gabbard said on Twitter: “CNN didn’t just throw a harsh light on a sect of wandering ascetics to create shocking visuals—as if touring a zoo—but repeated false stereotypes about caste, karma and reincarnation that Hindus have been combating tirelessly.”