Thursday, August 27, 2015

Fetus Soup Anyone? Urban Legend

This is an apparent eye witness report from an informant who i am working with on other matters and i do know that this was not made up on the spur of the moment.  On the other hand it could well be an urban legend out of South East Asia.

Piled on top of recent revelations regarding American abortion practices and we are generating the worst imaginable scenarios.  At the same time we lack public trust in even the truth when it is investigated and reported.

 As it turns out, this tale has been around for some time and the good news is that it does appear to be an urban legend. Yuck!!!

By the way always check out Snopes when the story is too good to be true.

just talked to my Airbnb'ers from Indonesia about abortion and the wife is a pastor. 

She takes woman who is thinking of having one and takes care of mother and baby in big house. (Convent I would assume) 

She has been lots of times to China and they have restaurants that serve fetus soup and promote that men will be stronger if they have this. An unmarried woman will be paid 1 million yen for having abortion in restaurant to be served. A wed mother will be paid less and her fetus will be served for less. Typically fetus is 3 months.

If baby is 8 months, they can charge 5 million yen for this soup.

That's news for sure and we sure don't officially hear about it. 

The rebuttal.  This tale has been around for fifteen years as well and it obviously never held up.  Yet i can certainly see people been fed this tale again and again.. 
From Scopes:

Origins: One of the downsides of a burgeoning Internet is it fosters the delirious spread of misinformation as revealed fact in the blink of an eye. That was the case in 2001 when widely-circulated photos which showed a large Asian man eating what appeared to be a cooked baby served at a restaurant were taken by many at face value. The pictures were later teamed with the breathless news that roast fetus was now the hottest dining craze in Taiwan, with outraged e-mails offering the offensive pictures as proof the recipient could view for himself.

The truth proved far less horrifying than the rumor. The photographs shown above were taken seriously by a number of law enforcement agencies who viewed them, and both Scotland Yard and the FBI investigated this matter, trying to determine when and where the pictures were taken and the identities of those appearing in them.

The origins of the images were quickly uncovered: The man in the photographs is Chinese performance artist Zhu Yu, who staged a conceptual shock piece called "Eating People" at a Shanghai arts festival in 2000. Maintaining that "No religion forbids cannibalism, nor can I find any law which prevents us from eating people," Zhu Yu acted out a performance in which he appeared to eat a stillborn or aborted child (likely constructed by placing a doll's head on a duck's carcass) and said that he "took advantage of the space between morality and the law and based my work on it."

The controversial photographs have since been part of a number of art exhibits and caused another stir in 2003 when they were aired on television in the UK as part of the Beijing Swings documentary:

Channel Four has screened a controversial television programme which showed photographs of a man eating a baby. The photographs had been doing the rounds on the internet for some time. but it was the first time they had been aired on terrestrial television in the UK.

Beijing Swings showed colour pictures of Chinese artist Zhu Yu washing a dead stillborn baby in a sink and putting its dismembered parts in his mouth.

Yu, 32, said he had no need to defend himself because "an artist does not give answers". But he conceded he was right "to be scolded" adding that it was his "responsibility" to spark debate about art and morality. He calls the piece "Eating People".

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