VIDEO: Backlash after CNN presenter eats human brain on TV

Reza Azlan speaks on stage during the "Rough Draft with Reza Aslan" panel at the Ovation 2016 Winter TCA on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP)

CNN presenter Reza Aslan has come under attack after he ate a human brain in his new documentary.

The American writer met with the Aghori, a nomadic Hindu sect in India.

The Aghori practice different uncommon ceremonies as well as cannibalism.

During Aslan’s visit, he drank alcohol from a human skull and ate a cooked slice of human brain.

He posted on Facebook: “Want to know what a dead guy’s brain tastes like? Charcoal. It was burnt to a crisp!”

People criticized the program, claiming that the Aghori sect sect misrepresents Hinduism.

US India Political Action Committees (USINPAC), a lobby group based in Washington released a statement saying: “With multiple reports of hate-fueled attacks against people of Indian origin from across the US, the show characterizes Hinduism as cannibalistic, which is a bizarre way of looking at the third largest religion in the world.”

US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard criticized the episode calling it “sensationalist and absurd”.

Gabbard tweeted: ”CNN didn’t just throw a harsh light on a sect of wandering ascetics to create shocking visuals—as if touring a zoo—but repeated false stereotypes about caste, karma and reincarnation that Hindus have been combating tirelessly.”


 

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