How low to go to boost ratings? CNN aims to find out when host eats HUMAN brains in new series

*Warning for disturbing content.

Seems standard are few and far between…

CNN’s Reza Aslan, a religious studies scholar, ate cooked human brain tissue while filming a Hindu cannibal sect in India and now finds himself the recipient of fierce criticism.

…not for eating a human brain, but for misrepresenting the Hindu religion.

Aslan pulled off the grisly feat during Sunday’s premiere of “Believer,” a new CNN documentary series about spirituality around the world.

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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, the only Hindu in Congress, denounced CNN in a long series of posts on Twitter.

“I am very disturbed that CNN is using its power and influence to increase people’s misunderstanding and fear of Hinduism,” Gabbard tweeted.

Aslon, a Muslim who teaches at the University of California at Riverside, according to the Washington Post, had no remorse for dining on the brain of a fellow human being, touting his action on Facebook.

“Want to know what a dead guy’s brain tastes like? Charcoal,” he wrote. “It was burnt to a crisp!”

University of San Francisco professor Vansee Juluri said the episode was “reckless, racist and dangerously anti-immigrant.”

“It is unbelievably callous and reckless of CNN to be pushing sensational and grotesque images of bearded brown men and their morbid and deathly religion at a time when the United States is living through a period of unprecedented concern and fear,” Juluri wrote in a piece on The Huffington Post.

The Washington Post reported that wealthy Indian American industrialist Shalabh Kumar tied the attack to Hindu Americans who voted for President Donald Trump.

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Kumar, a strong financial supporter of Trump’s presidential campaign, took to Twitter to say, “Disgusting attack on Hindus for supporting @POTUS.”

In a follow up tweet, Kumar said CNN “has no respect for Hindus” and called for a boycott of the network, which he characterized as the “Clinton News Network.”

He also thanked Gabbard for her input and promised that the Republican Hindu Coalition is “planning to take major action.”

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