The cannibalism fetish isn’t the most disturbing part of the leaked sexts that allegedly came from the Call Me By Your Name star, is Actor Armie Hammer’s kink normal?
Let’s define the word cannnibalism, or anthropophagy, is the consumption of the flesh of one human by another. The word “cannibalism” itself comes from the Spanish “Canibales” – a name for the Carib tribe in the West Indies thought to engage in ritualistic cannibalism. The term “cannibalism” can also be used more broadly to mean the consumption of members of one’s own species.
A few weeks ago, unverified screengrabs of extremely lurid text messages allegedly sent by actor Armie Hammer between 2016 and 2020 were posted by the Instagram account @houseofeffie, which also compiled nearly half a dozen examples of women who claimed to have had an affair with Hammer while he was married. Some of the fantasies contained in the screengrabs were dark, to say the very least. In one, Hammer professes his desire to “bite pieces off of” the recipient and eat her heart; in another, he says, “I am 100% a cannibal. I want to eat you. Fuck. That’s scary to admit. I’ve never admitted that before.”
The Greek-based term “anthropophagy” quite literally means “eating humans,” regardless of who (or what) is doing the eating. Historically, a great variety of arguments have been offered against cannibalism, and virtually none in its favor. Nevertheless, reflection on cannibalism raises many very difficult conceptual issues, and few arguments against it are without serious problems.
It’s important to note that the screengrabs have not been verified, and Hammer himself has denied that they are legitimate. (Representatives for Hammer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.) Yet after the celebrity gossip Instagram account Deuxmoi amplified them, they instantaneously went viral, with people on Twitter joking about his sexual proclivities and TikTok making videos of Hammer dancing set to Ke$ha’s “Cannibal.” The backlash grew so intense that Hammer was forced to drop out of his upcoming romcom with Jennifer Lopez, issuing a statement saying, “I’m not responding to these bullshit claims but in light of the vicious and spurious online attacks against me, I cannot in good conscience now leave my children for 4 months to shoot a film in the Dominican Republic.” (Hammer is also engaged in a contentious custody dispute, which also served as fodder for people’s internet mockery).
That said, there is no reason to believe that Hammer has actually murdered and ingested an individual.
If he had, one can only assume the promotional tour for The Lone Ranger would have been much less boring. What is up for debate, however, is whether such kinks are actually inherently predatory or abusive — or if there is not another conversation to be had about them, one that is a lot less memeable but significantly more nuanced than the one being had right now. So I asked Empress Wu, a professional dominatrix based in New York City, who has, as she puts it, a “deeply rooted cannibalism fetish.”
Hammer was to have starred with Lopez in the Lionsgate romantic action-comedy but a social media controversy derailed those plans.Hollywood Reporter –Borys Kit.
Most experienced members of the kink community put a high premium on consent, and as is the case with most BDSM scenes, all of these dynamics are carefully negotiated beforehand, with both parties participating in an extensive post-play briefing to share what they did and didn’t enjoy about the experience; aftercare, or the period of time where the dominant tends to the sub’s physical and emotional needs, is imperative for even the most experienced kinksters.
Cannibalism became increasingly taboo in modern history, as mainstream religions have typically frowned on the practice, labeling it as barbarous and driving it almost to extinction—while simultaneously using the accusation of man-eating as justification for colonial exploitation. Questionable morality aside, there are good reasons to avoid eating members of our own species. One of the bizarre medical mysteries of modern times is kuru, a fatal neurodegenerative “laughing” disease that began killing large numbers of the Fore people in the 1960s. This episode, we talk with Shirley Lindenbaum, the anthropologist whose fieldwork, carried out in remote Papua New Guinea in her 20s, uncovered the cause of the disease in the cannibalistic Fore funerary rituals. Today, however, despite the risks and the taboo, one kind of cannibalism is having a resurgence among celebrities and natural-birth advocates alike: placentophagy. It may be endorsed by Kim Kardashian West, but is there any scientific evidence behind the trend?