Eating bizarre/disgusting foods has become an, ahem, staple of reality TV. From ‘I’m a Celebrity, Get me Out of Here’ to the survivalist pin-up Bear Grylls.
One man is using the route to stardom utilized by Justin Bieber — he’s seeking his fortune by posting videos of himself, by eating live animals on Youtube.
One Londoner is out-jackassing ‘Jackass’. Louis Cole has thus far filmed himself eating, among other things, 21 live locusts, a raw bull’s heart, a turkey leg crawling with maggots, a rotting dead frog, a “mouseshake” (10 dead mice blitzed in a blender), a live lizard, a live tarantula, live crayfish, live scorpion and, “my [live] pet goldfish.”
The lizard spasms as it pokes out of his mouth, the crayfish pierces his tongue. He also eats foot-long ragworms. These bite back also but they force him to gag.
His Youtube channel now has over one million views. He’s making a living from eating live animals.
The Guardian interviewed the former community worker. He’s done good work in Zambia, but once local authorities in London learned of his videos, they ‘disassociated’ themselves from him. He says it all started with dares from his friends.
He says it’s not cruel because he kills the animals “instantly.” Coles points out that the reaction he’s seen to his videos is very cultural, with people from the Phillippines or South Africa having very different reactions to those from western countries.
The Guardian comments about the possible challenge which Coles poses that:
It seems objectively less cruel to kill a scorpion instantly than to rear chickens in battery cages or pigs in the most miserable pork farms.
Surprisingly, he has a line he won’t cross, saying he wouldn’t eat a mammal.
His philosophy? “Obviously we need to treat animals ethically. But a much bigger problem is addressing human problems around the world like extreme poverty or the conditions that people are living in.”
Image: Youtube screengrab