The “spirit cooking” bullshit

Well, we have 4 days to go before the end of the US presidential election, and I think we’ve hit what is probably the most bizarre revelation from the Podesta emails. This revelation in question is that John Podesta, the chairman of the Clinton campaign, was invited to some kind of “Spirit Cooking” dinner by the performance artist Marina Abramovic.

That’s not the weirdest part. Apparently, people saw the term “Spirit Cooking dinner” and, without looking at the facts, ran with it and generated the idea that the Clintons were part of some kind of devil worshiping conspiracy.

You heard me right.

A piece of “evidence” offered by proponents of the “#ClintonCult” conspiracy theory.

Abramovic’s work tends to deal with themes such as ritualism, pain, human consciousness and the body. I’m sure it makes for some interesting performance art, at least for fans of performance art or modern art in general. The term “spirit cooking”, however, seems to refer to a “cookbook” she wrote two decades ago where she writes “aphrodisiac recipes” as some kind of artform. There’s also a performance piece she did where she painted writing on the walls with a special combination of pig blood, breast milk and semen. And that’s it. I’ve seen the video, there’s not much to it other than she writes some bizarre things on the wall. Maybe she thinks there is a ritualism to it, but I’m not entirely sure of that. To me, it’s performance art. The only thing the email suggests is that Podesta is interested in Abramovic’s artwork – who knows why – and simply wants to have a get together of sorts with the artist herself.

That’s it. There’s not much to it other than that. All talk of devil worshipping conspiracies and blood feasts is pure hyperbolic speculation based on not a single scrap of credible evidence. The image I showed above is someone pulling together unrelated content and tying it together, whilst not mentioning a single fact about her work. Abramovic isn’t even a Satanist as far as I know and as far as she herself can tell you. Thus, this is one of those moments when the right-wing media looks really stupid, and when the fucking Guardian can actually come out like a sensible read on the matter.

Look, I know that the Clintons are corrupt and they’ll do anything to get into power but this “spirit cooking” shit is insane. Even for a guy like me who is interested in the occult, I find there is plenty of genuine wrongdoing to pin on the Clintons to the point that there is no need to drum up some kind of pseudo-satanic conspiracy theory surrounding them. And anyone who believes that there is an actual conspiracy of Satanists controlling the United States government from the shadows is retarded, plain and simple.

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5 responses to “The “spirit cooking” bullshit

  1. The narrative that Clinton is a Satanist has been an ongoing theme throughout this election, but “spiritcooking” is a new low and an act of desperation for those that oppose Clinton.

    • What bugs me is that they don’t even need to resort to this. There is already plenty we know from Wikileaks, among other sources, about just how bad Hillary and her campaign is. I would think there’s enough to go on that we don’t actually need this “spirit cooking” thing. I would say that the way it’s been overblown speaks less about Trump’s actual campaign (as far as I’m aware he isn’t actually promoting this story) and more about the gullibility of a lot of people on the right who happen to support him. As someone who nowadays identifies politically as kind of center-right, I find it embarrassing.

      • I think Trump is still likely to win. There’s a possibility that Clinton will win after all, but it is probably too late for anyone to stop Trump at this point. I mean Trump’s campaign has been through a lot and he’s been criticized heavily throughout. Interestingly, people thought the Billy Bush tapes would sink his campaign, even after he survived the controversy surrounding his proposal to shut down Islamic immigration (which I’m not sure he’s still proposing in the same exact way). But if all the controversy and him being reviled by significant numbers of people can’t sink his campaign, I’m not sure what will.

      • I placed a bet of £100 on Clinton winning yesterday. I think when it comes to the crunch many people always opt for safety and security, and Trump is too crazy and unpredictable for most people who dislike stepping into the unknown. It will be interesting to see what happens after the results come in, people on both sides are volatile and angry.

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