“Disabilities should not be exploited for income. They should be welcomed in modern day society and awareness should be made in a positive and dignified manner. We are all for raising awareness but to do this in a circus tent while people eat and drink is utterly absolutely disgusting.”
Actor and presenter Adam Pearson has spoken out against the show, telling the BBC: “I think if Joseph Merrick knew that this event was happening, he’d be righteously angry and completely heartbroken.”
The event will be put on by Sam Piri, who previously appeared on Dragons’ Den. Tickets for the Victorian medicine themed event cost almost £100 and the website boasts “real dissections” of the head, brain, lungs, heart and GI tract.
Piri explained that all organs used during the show are from pigs. The organs are placed into silicone replica bodies to give people the “experience” that they are taking part in a human body dissection.
Piri has defended the event, saying: “I understand that people might find it distasteful and we’re not saying that that’s not a thing, but I don’t think that should be grounds for censoring a true story that happened in British history and teaching people about it from an academic perspective.”
People have also taken to Twitter to express their opinions on the event, with American Association of People with Disabilities President and CEO Maria Town calling the “dinner and dissection” a “heinous and deeply hurtful concept.”
This is a heinous and deeply hurtful concept for a show. Pull the plug on “Dinner and Dissection” ITAE Productions.… https://t.co/dGpkp7xblL