CNN presenter eats human brain in shocking documentary

Laurence Mozafari
Photo credit: CNN

From Digital Spy

Ever think you're having a bad day at work? When someone accidentally puts sour milk in your coffee? Or steals one of your ideas, then pitches it to your boss while taking all the credit? What about when someone threatens to cut off your head for talking too much, eh? Classic Tuesda - wait, hang on.

This mad situation is what CNN presenter Reza Aslan was faced with after meeting a small tribe with a holy man who threatened to decapitate him, shortly before tasking him to eat what was claimed to be a piece of human brain.

The group were a very small, fringe group of Hinduism called the Aghori, based outside the holy city of Varanasi.

As part of the show Believer with Reza Aslan, the author asked the leader why everyone was so afraid of them, shortly before the conversation turned to eating your own flesh. Later on in the show, Reza was supposedly made to eat human brain.

Following the show, Reza revealed on Facebook just what the 'brain' tasted like, writing: "Want to know what a dead guy's brain tastes like? Charcoal. It was burnt to a crisp!"

The premiere episode of the CNN series was shown on Sunday, March 5 and has since caused a backlash against the American TV presenter, as Indian ministers fear that the show will incite hate crimes and prejudice.

In an official statement, the US-India Political Action Committee said: "With multiple reports of hate-fuelled attacks against people of Indian origin from across the US, the show characterises Hinduism as cannibalistic, which is a bizarre way of looking at the third largest religion in the world.

Photo credit: CNN

"In a charged environment, a show like this can create a perception about Indian Americans which could make them more vulnerable to further attacks."

Defending the show, Reza told the Huffington Post that "each one of these episodes is going to piss somebody off".

Speaking about his encounter, he explained: "I'm at the mercy of this Aghori Sadhu who take part in ostentatious displays of self-pollution in order to shock the system. So, I knew it intellectually, but being on the sand with a group of them, I did not feel safe.

"I literally say to my director at one point, 'Get me out of here.' Only later on I realised that he thought I was joking. I was not joking. If I do this show again, I'm definitely going to make sure that the director knows what my safe word is because I would've used it then."

The next episode of the farcical show is set to cover a Hawaiian named Jezus who believes he has seen the end of the world, however the presenter explained that he believes the leader's ideas are simply linked to climate change.

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