‘Okja’ and ‘Raw’: Meat in the Movies

In 2008, PETA released their list of the “Top 10 Movies That Make You Go Meatless.”[1] Featured on the list was The Texas Chainsaw Massacre – the 1974 horror classic that has, in the wake of PETA’s article, been reclaimed as a vegetarian movie. Namely, essayist Rob Ager gave a vegetarian reading of the film in his 2015 YouTube video; he sees the acts of the Sawyer family, who brutally murder their victims by bludgeoning them with sledgehammers, hanging them off of meat hooks, and, finally, stuffing them into freezers as a metaphor for the unethical treatment of animals...

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