A viral Facebook post from “BiteLabs” is claiming that “BiteLabs grows meat from celebrity tissue samples and uses it to make artisanal salami.” However, it appears to be a hoax that’s designed to raise awareness about raising livestock in factory farms.
James Franco, Kanye West, Jennifer Lawrence, as well as Ellen DeGeneres are all “offered” as salami.
“You’ve never experienced celebrities like this,” it reads.
It adds, “It all starts with your favorite celebrities, and a quick biopsy to obtain tissue samples” and it “isolating muscle stem cells, we grow celebrity meat in our proprietary bioreactors.”
“In the tradition of Italian cured meats, we dry, age, and spice our product into fine charcuterie,” it continues
Reads another portion of the website: “When fully grown, these muscle pieces are combined and ground to the desired consistency. It is at this point that we mix different types of meats, according to the specific recipes for each of our products. Spices, fats, and oils are mixed in to flavor and adjust the consistency of the meat blends.”
There’s nothing on the website indicating it’s fake, but it’s most likely a hoax, as it would be impossible to pull off due to intense regulation over eating human meat.
The individual celebrities would also have to give the site permission first.
“The Kanye Salami will pull no punches: heavy, and boldly flavored, pure Kanye West meat will blend with rich, coarse-ground pork. Hungarian paprika and worcestershire give Kanye an underlying smokiness, spiced up with hints of jalapeno. The Kanye Salami is best paired with strong straight bourbon,” reads one about Kanye West.
According to Kotaku, it appears that BiteLabs is trying to raise awareness about growing livestock in factory farms.
“This is a sincere and serious attempt to raise awareness about a lab-grown meat future. Our team is a group of people who are deeply interested in food-culture, celebrity media and consumption as well as thinking about the future. We really hope that BiteLabs can spread awareness about these subjects,” reads an e-mail from BiteLabs sent to the website.