Richard Dawkins causes confusion after bizarre tweet about 'human steak' and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Greg Evans
Tuesday 18 February 2020 13:15
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The famed author, ethologist and outspoken atheist has sparked confusion online after asking the people of Twitter if they would be willing to 'eat a human steak?'

The 78-year-old shared an article from Forbes writer Brian Kateman who asked if cultured meat will soon become commonplace in supermarkets around the world.

If you aren't aware of what cultured meat is, it is essentially meat or seafood grown in labs from cells in the hope that it will reduce the agriculture and slaughter of animals for food.

Dawkins called the developments "very encouraging" and said that it was an example of how science could "further reduce suffering in the world".

Dawkins then followed this up by asking if anyone would be prepared to eat a "human steak" because he clearly wouldn't and name-checked the celebrity chef Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall in a truly puzzling tweet.

Dawkins is referring to a moment from the 1998 Channel 4 show TV Dinners in which Fearnley-Whittingstall cooked and served placenta. The show was received complaints at the time and was deemed by the watchdog to be in "bad taste".

Shortly after posting it, Dawkins tweet began to trend with many people completely baffled as to what he was on about and why he had to bring Fearnley-Whittingstall into this.

Seriously, what is going on?

All we can hope is that this doesn't catch on.

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