CNN presenter Reza Aslan has pissed off some people after he ate part of a human brain while filming with a Hindu cannibal sect in India.
Hindu American viewers were especially upset. Tulsi Gabbard, the only Hindu in Congress, tweeted:
"I am very disturbed that CNN is using its power and influence to increase people’s misunderstanding and fear of Hinduism."
"Aslan apparently sought to find sensationalist and absurd ways to portray Hinduism. Aslan and CNN didn't just throw a harsh light on a sect of wandering ascetics to create shocking visuals - as if touring a zoo - but repeated false stereotypes about caste, karma and reincarnation that Hindus have been combating tirelessly."
Aslan met the Anhori tribe in the holy Hindu city of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. There, they smeared the ashes from cremated human bodies on his face.
He drank alcohol from a human skull before eating the brain bits. The Anghori guru threatened to cut off Aslan's head, and also ate and threw his poop at him.
Indian-Americans who criticized CNN for the sensational segment, say the tiny cult of about 100 people has little to do with mainstream Hinduism.