So it looks like singer Katy Perry enjoys eating people. Not raw, which would represent an old-fashioned and suburban sort of cannibalism. But prepared in various artistic ways set to annoying, simplistic (but lucrative) music.
That eating people is cool appears to be the message in her new video Bon Appétit, which opens with somebody writing in what might be blood. Then flashes a neon “NSFW”, which (if you don’t know) stands for Not Safe For Work. And it isn’t. It’s probably not safe for any under fifty.
Some knife-sharpening chefs approach our nearly nude, plastic-wrapped piece of pop celebrity, cut her out of her packaging, and then dust her with seasoned flour as you might do with a chicken. In a horror-pornographic scene, the chefs ensure the seasoning is well rubbed in. The horror comes from the way Perry’s skin is torn from her body.
A bouquet garni and Perry are next dumped into a simmering broth and the chefs carefully baste Perry’s pertinents. A close up ensures we don’t miss the technique.
Tongue, as all cooks know, can be tough. Which is why Perry has hers blow-torched, presumably to soften it. Look how it sizzles! The chef tasting it approves, kissing his fingers in the French manner.
The cooking over, Perry as main course is wheeled into a room of elites and displayed. For the first time are seen “rappers”, who sing into one of those contraptions that make human voices sound robotic. They wave their arms (money in fists) and prepare for the repast.
Lips are licked in anticipation by the elites. But they are tricked! Ropes mysteriously appear and bind them the elites to their chairs, while a pole emerges from where Perry is laying. She, of course, rises to straddle the pole (the rappers throw money).
The elites, whose stomachs have been cheated, are blindfolded and dusted with what looks like one of those expensive, hip salts that are fun to tell people how much they cost. The elites are stripped; apples are stuffed in their mouths, and they are otherwise processed. The chefs are splattered with blood.
The elites who thought they were going to chow down on some prime flesh are turned into a Pied Piper pie. Arms, ears, and various other body parts stick up through the crust. And Perry sits, napkin in place, knife and fork at the ready.
Though Perry’s bizarre video might seem a rare instance, this sort of fascination with the consuming of human flesh hasn’t been as popular since the Aztecs.
Remember spirit cooking? One of the highlights of the World’s Best Presidential Election.
Memory aid: Friend and adviser to Hillary’s campaign Tony Podesta was invited to a “spirit cooking dinner” by a “performance artists” named Marina Abramovic. According to Abramovic, whose work involves a lot of stripping off and bug-eyed staring, spirit meal preparation uses a slurry of bodily fluids non-elites typically put to their proper purposes or flush down the commode. But then most people don’t have the sort of sophisticated artistic temperament of our elite.
Abramovic also showed up at the 2011 Museum of Contemporary Art Annual Gala. There, her and another pop celebrity had their nude bodies reproduced in cake effigies, which were cut up—dismembered is the better phrase—and served to wealthy elite donors. A video of the event shows these donors had a ton of fun pretending they were eating people parts.
And how about that sophisticated video Monster, a collaboration between several people who stopped their music lessons early; folks such as Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Rick Ross, and Bon Iver.
This little piece of art (their word for it) opens with dead girls hanging from chains. The music has the obligatory profane lyrics, of course, and sounds like what would be produced by giving a bratty kid a destruction set and cheap tape recorder. I wasn’t able to listen to the whole thing, because my speaker started smoking and caught fire (green flames) thirty seconds in.
The zombies who appear at a window must have got wind somebody was cooking. But a large not undead fellow saved a dead girl for himself and showed no signs of sharing his meal with the horde. Some maids, though, cleverly kept one of the courses (a young white man) for themselves in the kitchen.
Well, it goes on and on, and different viewers will have different moments they identify as the ones which prove the end of Western Civilization. The fellow in black glasses hinting about sexual intercourse with a naked dead girl on a couch behind him was my marker. But the Blonde Bombshell made a good case for the scene in which another rapper nonchalantly holds a severed head. You be the judge.
Now every one of the people in these videos and events is famous. They are welcomed everywhere. They are even recommended to the children. All are well remunerated for their role in leading people to Hell. But given their increase, you have to wonder if these videos ever become more than pretend.
Bonus This video doesn’t seem to count, because it’s a creature eating a person.