The recording is of a Channel 4 spoof documentary hosted by media personality Greg Wallace.
This video on Facebook purporting that human meat is being consumed in the United Kingdom (UK) is SATIRICAL.
The post reads: “Human meat is being eaten in UK legally”.
According to the video, the engineered ‘human meat’ is produced by a company known as ‘Good Harvest’ , whose goal is to solve the cost of living crisis in the UK.
The description reads: “With food prices soaring, Gregg Wallace investigates a controversial new lab-grown meat product that its makers claim could provide a solution to the cost-of-living crisis”.
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BBC Culture published a review on the video in question on 28 July 2023 with the headline, “The hoax ‘documentary’ about human flesh-eating that shocked the UK”.
According to the report, “this wasn’t real. It was a spoof inspired by Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal, the author’s satirical 1729 essay suggesting that poor people in Ireland should sell their children as food to the rich, which was referenced at the end of the programme, both verbally by Wallace and in the credits.”
The article quotes the programme’s director, Tom Kingsley, saying that the purpose of the concept was to “satirise the way that the misery of the cost of living has become normalised. We wanted to make the audience feel angry about how unfair our country has become, and how awful it is that we just accept this state of affairs.”
Wallace also shared a post on Instagram on 24 July 2023 describing the mockumentary as “satire” and describing his role in it as his “first acting job”.
The post reads: “Satire. See Jonathan Swift ‘A Modest Proposal’”.
PesaCheck has looked into a video on Facebook purporting that human meat is being consumed in the United Kingdom (UK) and finds it to be SATIRICAL.
This post is part of an ongoing series of PesaCheck fact-checks examining content marked as potential misinformation on Facebook and other social media platforms.
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The article was approved for publication by PesaCheck managing editor Doreen Wainainah.