If you think American reality television knows no boundaries that aren’t schlocky enough to cross, then consider the case of Dutch television program Test Rabbits. Dennis Storm and Valerio Zeno, co-hosts of the show, claim they had their flesh cooked by a chef and then dined on each other.
The key word in that sentence is “claim,” as there is no way to verify this. Storm says he had a piece of his left butt cheek removed by a surgeon, and Zeno had a piece of his abdomen extracted. The two then had a chef prepare each other’s flesh to consume.
“The chef cooked it in a frying pan with sunflower oil,” Storm told ABC News. “We didn’t add any salt or pepper because we wanted to know what it tasted like.” Just a little human flesh cooked medium rare.
Storm said there was really nothing special about the taste of human meat, but “it is weird to look into the eyes of a friend when you are chewing on his belly.”
The premise of Test Rabbits, or Proefkonijnen in the native tongue, is to get really simple answers to really stupid questions, like whether or not a person could shave using ketchup. The two hosts wanted to know what human flesh tasted like so they jumped down the television rabbit hole. So to speak.
If you happen to live in the area, the cannibalistic episode airs Wednesday in the Netherlands.
It’s entirely possible this is all just a publicity stunt and we’ll find out they ate beef from a cow or lamb or something tame. Regardless, this is a straight P.T. Barnum publicity move and something that would never fly on American television, despite our low standards.