CNN Host Reza Aslan Sparks Outrage After Eating Part of Human Brain While Meeting With Cannibals

CNN host Reza Aslan, a Muslim, is sparking outrage after eating part of a human brain during a televised meeting with a cannibalistic extreme Hindu sect called the Aghori.

The meeting was part of his television series “Believer,” which is said to feature the “world’s most fascinating faith-based groups.”

The Aghori, while identifying as worshipers of Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction, are condemned by mainstream Hindus for their practices, which includes drinking out of human skulls and eating the flesh of the dead. They also wear the ashes of cremated humans on their faces and consume their own urine and excrement.

Aslan explained in the episode that the Aghori engage in these practices because of their belief that since god lives in them, nothing can defile them. Mainstream Hindus, on the other hand, believe that it is important to be cautious about maintaining purity.

Aslan visited the Aghori in Uttar Pradesh to educate the public about the group, but nervously went along with their practices as he had ashes rubbed on his face and was given a skull filled with an alcoholic drink.

At one point, the Aghori guru became upset by Aslan’s questioning and threatened, “I will cut your head off if you keep talking so much!” Aslan then sought to back out of the meeting, but his production crew advised him to stay and see what transpires.

Aslan was soon given a piece of cooked brain to eat, which he consumed with a disgusted look on his face. However, on Sunday, he posted to social media, “Want to know what a dead guy’s brain tastes like? Charcoal. It was burnt to a crisp!”

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The footage and the post horrified viewers, some who accused him of portraying Hindus in an extreme light, and others who were simply sickened by his ingestion of human flesh.

“You’ve insulted and misrepresented a pure, gentle and insightful religion like Hinduism. As a devout Hindu this has caused tremendous hurt to my sentiments,” one commenter wrote. “A million explanations from you will not make up for this injustice. Perhaps the only thing you said in your mock-umentary would come true for you—-you have earned your bad karma.”

“You’re pretty gross—even if this is just a harebrained publicity stunt. I’d give you a piece of my mind, but for the risk you’d probably just eat it,” another wrote.

Aslan then posted again, writing, “I’m not the only one turned off by these Aghori theatrics.”

But on Wednesday, he Tweeted an article on “Why CNN’s Reza Aslan Shouldn’t Eat Human Brains,” remarking, “You work all your life for a headline like this.”

Less than two hours later, as the outrage continued, Aslan released a statement defending his coverage of the group and insisting that he was clear the sect is not representative of Hinduism.

“[A]s I repeatedly state on camera and in voice-over, [the Aghori] are not representative of Hinduism but are instead an extreme Hindu sect who reject the fundamental Hindu distinction between purity and pollution,” he wrote. “I tried to ease the concerns of those who may have missed this fundamental distinction by providing multiple articles and videos on that address the beliefs of Hinduism and debunk its myths.”

“I know that there are still those who are offended by the episode, especially when it comes to its treatment of such issues as caste discrimination, which remains a touchy subject for many Hindus in America,” Aslan continued. “I have great sympathy for that position. But caste discrimination is a very real thing, and the attempts by the Aghor to overcome it using the principles of Hindu spirituality is important to highlight.”

He did not include regret for consuming a piece of human brain in his statement, but rather focused on offended Hindus.

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  • Grace Kim Kwon

    This is rather fast, but after having sexual lust over the same-sex members, having appetite over the fellow humans is only the next step for the warped civilization. The kids have been watching the zombie trash for 4 decades by now. And the criminals lie that the deceased victims wanted to be eaten. This is nothing new. The Westerners should please give up the self-smartness and go back to the Holy Bible RIGHT AWAY. If no Bible, there would no civility or morality and even no sanity. Man just can’t be civilized apart from the Biblical teachings.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    The liberal West does not get offended even if people eat each other, as long as Christians do not say “no” to their wrong doings and depravity. The English had their own strange double standard in their prime time; only their Christian missionaries treated everyone as a decent human being and taught them God’s truth.

    • Michael C

      The liberal West does not get offended even if people eat each other,…

      ummm… what? This whole article is about how offended everyone is.

      …it’s even in the title.

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        It was only in Christian News. Did CNN report this? When?

      • HpO

        “…it’s even in the title.” I can’t stop laughing!

        & here too – “ummm… what?”

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
    For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor
    principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,
    nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to
    separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
    (Romans chapter 8) Amen.

  • billinghamboy

    Eating that particular snack added nothing to Reza Aslan’s powers of reasoning.

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  • InTheChurch

    taco de sesos, we eat that all the time. grill it up, slap it on a tortilla and add the salsa with some lemon. Gone in two seconds. LOL

    • Amos Moses

      EW ………

      • InTheChurch

        Want some Amos?

  • sammy13

    There is news, education, and then there is stupid abomination. ’nuff said.

  • Amos Moses

    two words ….. DUMB …… what was the other one …. oh yeah ….. ERER ……….

  • chthompson

    satan and his followers like this aslan should repent asap and trust in Christ.

  • C T

    I’m going to give him a piece of my mind !!!

  • Omnicopy

    They have been watching vampire movies, so next step is cannibolism movies!

  • HpO

    TRUE OR FALSE: “CNN host Reza Aslan … during a televised meeting with a cannibalistic extreme Hindu sect called the Aghori … was clear the sect is not representative of Hinduism”?


    I’m no Hindu, but a Bill Maher-bashing Reza Aslan fan, yes, I am – so my saying, True, just now is of little or no consequence, isn’t it? How about, then, when at least one Hindu Indian agrees with me that it’s true – even when the majority of Hindu Indians really don’t? His words in what follows sure mean a lot to me and, I hope, to fellow believers here, too.

    “The big mistake we (Hindus and Indians) make when dealing with the western media’s enchantment with the gory aspects of some outlier Hindu sects is to react over-the-top. … (Reza) Aslan’s claim that his show is about Aghoris and not Hinduism is fine … The problem with the Hindu reaction is that it won’t work. To deny that the Aghoris exist makes no sense. They exist. To deny that the caste system has virulent aspects is another reality we can’t escape from. Trying to deny it would only make us look like defenders of caste inequities. … In the short-term, one should (instead) dismiss (the show) with humour and mild disdain for its lack of understanding of India and Hinduism. But the real longer-term goal should be to understand the nature of power wielded by western media, and seek to acquire similar power on our own.” (R Jagannathan, Swarajya, March 07, 2017)

  • Somebody In Texas

    Anyone who would Eat Human Tissue Deserves any Plague that Falls Upon them.

  • Bara Bam

    It is CNN’s racist propaganda using an uneducated terrorist Muslim dude (who wanna be Anderson Cooper, haha) to bash an ancient 5000 years old religion. That’s how CNN makes money. Sad. Now you know why all Conservatives hates CNN.

  • Amos Moses

    “Aslan was soon given a piece of cooked brain to eat,”

    spelled his name wrong …… its “Azzhat” ………

    • J. Ariel Adams