Tastes Like Chicken: Eating E.T., A Mock Alien Barbecue

April 15, 2016

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These are a few shots from Eating E.T., a "hands-on exploration of our intimate relations to other species, real and fictional." The all-vegan alien was made and barbecued to provoke discussion about human's eating practices, what's ethical, what isn't, and what just downright tastes delicious. Fried okra, that's what. I've broken up with girlfriends for not liking it. Olives too. These are important things to me. "What about communication?" Butterfly kisses only.

What would it feel like to eat an alien? How can we dearly love and grieve some non-human species while accepting the industrialised slaughter of others? How can we cater to the needs of eaters who seek a surrogate for the sacrificial and ritual aspects of convivial, meat-based, barbecues? What are our ethical responsibilities towards fictional organisms?

First of all, it would probably feel pretty weird to eat an alien. There's no telling what kind of space cancer those things are packed with. Secondly, I doubt anybody will ever actually get the chance to eat an alien, because if the aliens are smart and technologically advanced enough to be able to travel to earth, I've got the feeling if anybody is gonna get eaten it's gonna be us. Or you rather, just one look through their bug eyes and they'll be able to tell I'd taste like shit.

Keep going for a couple more shots of of the alien roast.

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Thanks to Melissa D, who knows what Ewok tastes like.

  • brandon chambers

    Well.... I'd try alien I think. Most other creatures taste pretty good. I like bunnies..... Yummy!

  • C Dillon

    The feelings might be mutual; Check out Peter Jackson's first movie:_Bad_Taste_ http://www.imdb.com/title/t...

  • Gunnar Brown

    yeah il admit it. i saw spitroast and thought itd be much more interesting than this

  • Frank Zuñiga Guevara

    ah come on, everybody knows that if an intelligent civilization discovers us, they would eat us too!

  • Christopher Gooding

    I thought people were already doing a good job not eating anything upright on two feet and can talk, but what do I know. I'm just a silly omnivore.

  • Chad Puffinberger

    Save me the glowing finger! It's the best part.

  • JimmyJam

    "Ouch."

  • Trojanman
  • Vegans can be so annoying.

  • stuffsticks

    Agreed, lets protest eating meat by cooking a pretend version of a much loved family movie character and then devouring him from head to toe...

  • ShartInYourJacuzzi

    So can carnivores.

  • Yup.
    I'm glad I'm an omnivore.

  • Bubbubsky

    Oooooooookay.

  • bluecheesedressing

    Sometimes I hate teh interwebs.

  • BMan56

    Xenomorph churrasco next!

  • Bling Nye

    Surely the greatest sign of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe is that it's stayed the fuck away from Earth.

  • Dexter Morgan

    As an avowed agnostic anti-humanist, I say 'Thank God that in his infinite wisdom he made men mortal.'

  • TheQiwiMan

    Had to 'unlike' so that I could 'like' again.

  • Joe Schmopped

    he looks delicious.

  • Siegfoult

    "An alien was recovered at Area 51, unfortunately there was a mixup. It was Thanksgiving and the alien was sent to the kitchen by mistake, we shoved turkey up it's ass, and ate it for dinner. That was the last anyone saw of it."

    "Scratch that, there were some sandwiches made the next day."

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