Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Lady Gaga's Meat Dress Is Not As Gross As These Other Popular Culture Monstrosities!

So, Lady Gaga wore a meat suit to the VMA's this year. I'm sure you've heard about it already if you haven't seen it for yourself, but it bears repeating — Lady Gaga. In a meat suit. At the VMA's.

It was certainly a new benchmark for Lady G's never-ending quest into the world of bizarre fashion, but let's not get too ahead of ourselves by calling it an unprecedented outfit. There are plenty of people in the world who have worn meat suits in the past — many of them fictional, all of them disgusting.

After the jump, check out five of the grossest meat suits in film and popular culture!

"The Silence of the Lambs"
There's a reason that Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) is considered one of the scariest characters in popular culture history. Beyond his insatiable appetite for human flesh — and we mean that quite literally — he's also known for removing his victims' faces and wearing them on top of his own, all as part of an elaborate jailbreak. Less of a meat suit and more of a meat mask, Hannibal's bloody actions in "Silence of the Lambs" are still haunting to this very day.

"The Cable Guy"
Indeed, Hannibal's decision to wear his victim's face inspired another movie character to follow in his footsteps. In "The Cable Guy," Ernie "Chip" Douglas (Jim Carrey) goes above and beyond the call of duty to befriend everyman Steven Kovacs (Matthew Broderick). One of Chip's more bizarre olive branches comes along when he wears a huge sheet of chicken skin over his face and does his best Hannibal impression: "Hello, Clarice!" The moment is short lived, as Steven proceeds to beat the ever loving tar out of Chip during a battle royale at Medieval Times. Can't say we blame 'em.

"Con Air"
If you're scratching your head trying to remember the meat suit from "Con Air," don't think too hard — it doesn't really exist, at least not on screen. But a meat helmet gets mentioned when crazed criminal Garland Greene (Steve Buscemi) coolly informs his fellow convicts that he once "drove through three states wearing [a victim's] head as a hat." Although not presented on camera, the mental image of Buscemi wearing a human hat is more than enough to chew on.

"Aqua Teen Hunger Force"
How could we possibly discuss a list of the greatest meat suits in cinema history without mentioning Meatwad? Without a doubt, this "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" character is number one in da hood, G, when it comes to the world of sentient meatballs. Super Meat Boy is pretty cool too, but he's no Meatwad.

"Deadpool" #11
Ending the list with a comic book character is, admittedly, a bit of a cheat, but we assure you that Splash Page editor Rick Marshall has given us his blessing here. In the pages of "Deadpool" #11, Wade Wilson goes toe-to-toe with the eagle-eyed psychopath known as Bullseye, frolicking around at the time in Hawkeye's costume. When Deadpool finds himself in the bowels of a butcher's freezer and in desperate need of armor, he's forced to improvise. The result? Well, you know what they say about pictures and thousands of words...

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