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Was Hannibal Lecter just being artistic?

fryingpanToday, I read a story about New York artist Marco Evaristti, who recently invited some friends over to his apartment and served them 48 meatballs cooked with fat that had been liposucked from his body last year. He says the purpose of this latest “artistic” endeavor was to make people contemplate whether or not it is OK to eat human flesh.

I think the fact that mad cow disease, which is thought to have originated in cows who were being fed other cows, is a pretty good indication that cannibalism in any form is probably not the best idea. And if that isn’t evidence enough, “Silence of the Lambs” should be.

Let’s pretend for a minute that this is a question worth asking and not a juvenile “Marilyn Mansion” shock tactic to make oneself seem insanely genius, when you are just insane. I appreciate intellectually provocative ideas, but I’m not sure an idea worthy of a B-grade horror movie qualifies.

lecterIf this is an extreme demonstration designed to make the public question whether or not they should eat meat in any form, I think photographs of what routinely occurs in an abattoir would probably be more impactful and less egotistical.

The last two questions I have about this whole horrific occurrence are, “Who are this man’s friends?” and “Why are they eating him?” I mean, you’d have to be really loyal, really gullible or really hungry to hang out with this guy.

I know that if I had been an invited dinner guest and was told of the “artistic” nature of the meal after I finished eating, I probably would have created another horror movie-worthy moment that involved placing my hands tightly around Mr. Evaristti’s neck until he was left to intellectually ponder (before passing out from strangulation) whether or not it was a good idea to ask such a poignant Hannibal Lecter question.

I expect that the three traffic accidents Evaristti mentions in his biography that occurred in 1981, 1982 and 2002 may have factored into the development of his artistic taste, no pun intended. And the story gets even weirder folks.

If you have $4,000 to contribute to the “art world,” you too can purchase four Evaristti meatballs for your dining pleasure.

Of course, this all could be a slyly devised commercial plan to generate interest in the new movie “Hannibal Rising,” the latest of the “Silence of the Lambs” series that Universal Pictures/MGM Studios plans to release Feb. 9. I’m sure movie execs are smart enough to know that a comparison can be made between Evaristti’s art. So for his liposuction stunt, Evaristti may have actually gotten a fat check. Again, no pun intended.

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