But Is It Journalism?

Kim Honey, a Toronto Star food scribbler, managed to generate readership for her employer this past week by regaling us with her dispatch of a little bunny at a foodie survival get-together.

Well, it wasn’t a survival course, exactly. It was a cooking class for locavores. That’s last year’s trendy buzz in these anxious days of global warming. Since it wasn’t rabbit hunting season, the writer bought a farmed one, although one not yet committed to a neat, square styrofoam package. So it was left to the writer to do the deed.

All beings tremble before violence. All fear death, all love life. See yourself in others. Then whom can you hurt? What harm can you do? ~~ Buddha

After cuddling the creature to calm it, and telling us that grown men, soldiers even, broke into tears when faced with the choice of killing a defenseless animal, the writer failed to render the bunny senseless on her first try. She handed it over to the chef, who humanely clubbed it another three times.

We’re not sure what redeeming qualities Kim’s rambling article had. We doubt that it was intended to enlighten us on the obscenity of factory farms, slaughterhouses and speciesism. Was she advocating that Torontonians eschew the strip mall foodmart and, instead, trap raccoons for the stewpot because it’s somehow trendier? We think so. Why else would a locavore drive all the way from the Big Smoke to Hanover at today’s gas prices, to learn bunny bashing?

The city is overrun with cottontail rabbits. You can’t walk out the back door without staring down a couple of haughty raccoons, and Lake Shore Blvd. is like Canada’s Wonderland for geese. ~~ Kim Honey

We checked out a few of her other foodie scribblings for further clues. She’d written a couple of times about the orgasmic glories of foie gras, but she didn’t mention participating in the inhumane gorging of the goose. She just loves eating fat. And cake icing.

She also did a piece for the Globe awhile back about abusing animals in art for shock value. She mentioned some of the more notorious pieces, including the Toronto Casuistry incident.

At the crux of the controversy is the question: What is the definition of art? And who decides what is art…? Is it up to the individual who creates the piece to declare it as art, or should society decide whether the work has any validity? ~~ Kim Honey

We’re guessing her rabbit piece wasn’t a whole lot different.

Sadly for Kim, not everyone was in breathless agreement with her article. Her editor allowed her space the following day to whine about the emails she’d received. It was silly. We’re surprised the Star ran it.

Let’s hope she sticks to rhapsodizing over cake icing.

Read more at Taste T.O.


5 responses to “But Is It Journalism?

  1. “Let’s hope she sticks to rhapsodizing over cake icing.”

    No kidding!

  2. The food editor, Kim Honey, who wrote an article called “Incredible Edibles” in The Star in the Living section of Wednesday July 23rd’s paper should either be fired by The Star or should resign. Ms. Honey is clearly a callous, unfeeling person to the point of being very scary.

    In the article she writes, “It was time to kill the fluffy bunny……It was cute but I wanted to eat it.”Food editor Kim Honey calms her fluffy bunny before slaughter.

    The Star needs to take action and dismiss Ms. Honey as they are tarnishing their name by having such an unfeeling person employed at The Star. And the fact that this article was approved by other channels also puts in to question those who approved it.

    I also believe that the reason she ran the “vitriolic” articles the next day I she’s only pretending to be tough and not care. But in reality, I am SURE the guilt is creeping up and she is asking herself: “AM I A MONSTER???”

    T. K.

  3. I think she’s an AR/AL type who is going for shock value.

    Or just a twit, which is more likely.

    I too wondered what the point of the article was, what value it had and even whether kids should be reading it – something I’ve never considered when reading the TO Star.

  4. Things like this remind me of why I’m a vegetarian.

  5. That’s the idea.

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