NY Times: ‘Cannibalism has a time and a place’

On Saturday, The New York Times published an article by Alex Beggs titled ” A Taste for Cannibalism?” in its Style section. The article claimed that cannibalism is growing in popularity in mainstream culture. 

The article began by referencing Chelsea G. Summers’ new novel, A Certain Hunger, in which a woman eats her deceased boyfriend’s liver. She noted, “Turns out, cannibalism has a time and a place.”


The NYT then cited Yellowjackets, a Showtime series featuring cannibalism. Ashley Lyle, the series’s co-creator, suggested that the current fascination with cannibalism is due to “the pandemic, climate change, school shootings, and years of political cacophony as possible factors.”


In fact, cannibalism is not new in pop culture. The award-winning 1991 movie Silence of the Lambs, based on the novel by Thomas Harris, featured the cannibalistic habits of Dr; Hannibal Lecter. 


But given the current global situation, perhaps the most disturbing depiction of cannibalism was the dystopian movie Soylent Green released in 1973. Due to pollution, poverty, and overpopulation, voluntary euthanasia is encouraged and carried out at government-run facilities. A rogue cop discovers that the bodies are recycled into a popular food called Soylent Green. It is chilling to note that the film is supposedly set in the year 2022.


In a disturbing case of fact following fiction, the UN released its global hunger report last month, claiming that 828 million people suffered were affected by hunger in 2021, an increase of about 46 million since 2020 and 150 million since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic 


The prophets foresaw cannibalism as a sign of the imminent Messiah. The spiritual implications were described by the Prophet Ezekiel,  who prophesied that one of the horrors that will appear at the end of days will be men eating each other:

Assuredly, parents shall eat their children in your midst, and children shall eat their parents. I will execute judgments against you, and I will scatter all your survivors in every direction. Ezekiel 5:10