People are going nuts after a guy skinned and cooked a squirrel on telly.
George Monbiot wrote in The Guardian yesterday about how he had to eat a roadkill squirrel. So obviously, Newsnight invited him to recreate the meal on their show. Which he did.
It was definitely a weird segment for a current affairs programme, as people pointed out on Twitter.
I haven't watched Newsnight for a while, and now, when I do, they appear to be skinning and cooking a squirrel
— (((Joel Hammer))) (@JOELHAMMER) August 27, 2015
— Jack Guinness (@Jackguinness) August 27, 2015
Was it a fever dream or did I see George Monbiot butchering a squirrel on Newsnight?
— Jane Hill (@janehill64) August 28, 2015
I *think* I've just seen a dead squirrel skinned on Newsnight. By George Monbiot. Or I could be having a weird dream
— Robert Rea (@robertrea) August 27, 2015
I can see why people might think they were dreaming. It’s not every day you turn on a news show to see a journalist twatting a squirrel with an axe. It doesn’t mean it wasn’t impressive, though.
A man cooking squirrel on Newsnight,deft use of an axe in his prep work
— Franklins (@FranklinsSE22) August 27, 2015
Some people accurately pointed out that it seemed like something that Brasseye would have featured.
The current squirrel feature on Newsnight is like something out of Brass Eye.
— Sally Jenkinson (@sjenkinson) August 27, 2015
— Otto English (@Otto_English) August 27, 2015
But would people eat it themselves?
I would probably eat a well sourced squirrel but I'm not sure I would pick up roadkill #newsnight
— Kate Haigh (@katehaigh) August 27, 2015
Come the apocalypse, I'll eat squirrel all day long. Until then, it's a not on your life from me. #Newsnight
— Jay Brown (@EyesWatchin) August 27, 2015
I think I could eat a squirrel. Maybe not one scraped off the road with a shovel that’s got tyre prints over it’s face, but I am very much a carnivore. I’ve eaten all sorts before now, so why not.
How about you?