Funmail again

So I don't know if everyone saw the latest poll on BME, but the question was “would you rather eat a human baby (died of natural causes) or a kitten (slaughtered 'humanely')?” If you're wondering why I'd post such a question, you haven't been watching the news much lately — WIRED even reported on it. There was a recent video published by an artist of him killing and eating a cat — PETA and other organizations are up in arms, and several art galleries, as well as web sites that have reported on it and even the SCHOOL that the artist attended are facing civil and criminal charges.

The reasons for charging the artist are obvious — even if you agree with his statement about drawing attention to the obvious (“is it really worse to eat a cat than a cow?”) — it's clear why he was charged under animal cruelty laws. The schools and galleries and websites are being charged under laws that make it illegal to present animal cruelty (and as horrible as this act was, it was FAR less cruel that what is ROUTINELY done to beef, chickens, and other socially accepted murders in Western carnivore culture)… Of course, organizations like PETA are “allowed” to present these videos because they are “responsible” and using them for political purposes.

As an artist, it terrifies me that the government has decided that statements of art somehow have less legitimacy than statements of politics.

In any case, the poll was trying to find out where people draw limits, and decide whether it's worse to eat a human that died of natural causes or to eat an actively slaughtered cat. (62% said it would be best to eat the cat, 38% voted for eating the baby).

Any idiot can tell that I'm not ADVOCATING eating cats, nor am I ADVOCATING eating babies. Any idiot knows that when a newspaper tells a story about a murder, that they're not advocating murder. Any idiot knows that when a TV station polls its audience on racism, that they're not advocating racism. That said, this poll generated more full-on hatemail than anything I've posted in a while… These aren't just any idiots:

From: "J Johnson"
Subject: VOTES

I ALWAYS VOTE ON THESE POLLS " BUT " THIS ONE HAS GONE WAY TO FAR. I CAN'T SEE HAVING THIS ONE ON HERE. I THINK THERE MUST BE SOME SICK DAM PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD. I GUESS I DON'T HAVE A CLUE HOW CRAZY PEOPLE ARE !!!!!!! SINCE I HAVE READ THIS I FELL SO MUCH ANGER IN MYSELF , THAT I DON'T KNOW IF I WILL COME BACK TO THIS SITE OR NOT. JAN

From: "Pumpa Boo"
Subject: Poll of the moment

"Eat a human baby?"

That's it...you guys aren't tribal or spiritual or artistic or anything; you're not even cool. You're just a bunch of sad, sick, fucked-up assholes.

Shove your goddamn website up your ass, mothefuckers.

-P

Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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