When I was a little girl, there were lots of things Hollywood and the media taught me to fear about growing older.
The Brave Little Toaster cultivated my deep, underlying fear of quicksand that still lingers to this day; watching Katie Holmes progress through life taught me to beware Tom Cruise; and every single magazine geared toward maturing woman taught me that at one point I would be expected to put whipped cream or chocolate all over my body and let somebody lick it off, even though I feared that might be sticky and also attract ants.
Would I have had the same reaction then if I’d known what people expect others to consume now? Namely, this meat-dress off of a Barbie-like doll’s body.
In what I think is a slightly demented nod to Lady Gaga’s meat dress (you know, the one that caused the national uproar at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards among animal rights activists and fans alike), a hotpot restaurant in Beijing has created its own, miniature version of the outfit for diners to feast upon, off of a doll’s body.
Here’s how it works, according to Rocket News 24: Patrons peel the layers of meet (which appear to be mutton) off of the doll’s body and throw them into the hotpot; the more you eat, the more exposed the doll becomes, until eventually -- well, use your imagination.
According to Shanghaiist, while some responses to the dress have been met with positivity, an online forum called Weibo shows that many people believe the display is unnecessary, and even sexist.
"Why can't we just eat meats without any kind of stupid tricks like this?" one asked.
"It's very disgusting. We don't even know whether the staff cleaned the doll or not," another commented.
"Let's just throw the doll into the hotpot! It's really time consuming to pull away all those strips of meat," one netizen joked.
What do you think? Is this meat dress tasty or tacky?