There were several things in the movie Julie and Julia that really pushed my buttons (besides the remarks about blogging). One was an experience years ago regarding an attempt to make beef bourguignon that left an unhappy memory. Another one was about the problems in making a cookbook. (I finished mine in 2007 but still wish I had taken longer and done a better job.)
But, most stressful of all was the scene with the lobsters. In the film, Julie is going to make a lobster dish and buys 3 live lobsters. She has a large stock pot on to boil but can't bring herself to kill the lobsters by sticking a knife into their heads. So, she puts them alive into the pot, one on top of the other. The top lobster keeps pushing up on the lid as it's fighting to live. It made me sick. It makes me sick to write about it. Some in the audience laughed (perhaps they were much more sophisticated than me). Maybe those ignorant people think that lobsters don't feel pain or that it's somehow necessary to boil them alive!
I didn't stay through the credits to see if there was a American Humane Society disclaimer at the end ("No amimals were harmed...") but even the representation of harm is upsetting to me.
PS: When I pressed "Publish" to post this blog, an ad popped up for live Maine lobsters! Grrrrr!
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