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21st Nov '17 10:24:02 PM BattleMaster
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* Reportedly one of the worst horrors of China's UsefulNotes/CulturalRevolution. According to Zheng Yi's book "Scarlet Memorial," members of the Red Guard and general public in Guangxi are reported to have killed, divvied up, and publicly eaten over a hundred former landlords, "intellectuals" (e.g. school teachers), other "counter-revolutionaries" and their descendants as a show of loyalty to Mao and his ideals, with the backing of the local (but not national) Party. Bodies were split up and served to the community to partake of en masse, and the murderers were often people close to the victims who were making a show of their revolutionary fervor. [[FridgeHorror Many of the former revolutionaries are still in power to this day]].

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* Reportedly one of the worst horrors of China's UsefulNotes/CulturalRevolution. According to Zheng Yi's book "Scarlet Memorial," members of the Red Guard and general public in Guangxi are reported to have killed, divvied up, and publicly eaten over a hundred former landlords, "intellectuals" (e.g. school teachers), other "counter-revolutionaries" and their descendants as a show of loyalty to Mao and his ideals, with the backing of the local (but not national) Party. Bodies were split up and served to the community to partake of en masse, and the murderers were often people close to the victims who were making a show of their revolutionary fervor. [[FridgeHorror Many of the former revolutionaries are still in power to this day]]. Virtually the same types of purges would play out in Cambodia, Vietnam, and North Korea when Communists gained control of those countries.
14th Nov '17 10:59:50 PM Fireblood
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* This trope served as a metaphor for the Communists' [[RedOctober October Revolution in Russia]] and the temporary upswing in public support the Bolsheviks gained in the cities prior to the general election and the outbreak of the Civil War [[note]] In which they secured some 24% of the total vote, including virtually the entire urban vote. They did this by promising to relieve the famines in St Petersburg and Moscow. These had occured in the winter of 1916-17 because the country's village-communes had stopped producing or selling as much grain: the total mobilisation of industry for war-production meant there was nothing left that they wanted to buy, and the value of money steadily decreased thanks to the wartime economic boom and the government's inflationary policies. For a time the Bolsheviks were able to marginally improve the food-situation in the two major cities by pillaging the nearby countryside for food and leaving the survivors to die, but after a while their raiding parties had to go further and further afield and the supplies they brought in were no longer enough to keep everyone in the cities alive. Although the rapacious raiding marked the end of the peasants' ambivalence to the Bolsheviks and the return of starvation ended cityfolk's willing support for them as well, they were quite ruthless in using their powers of life-and-death (through the insufficient rations they dealt out) over the starving urban proletariat to consolidate their control over the country [[/note]]. The sheer mind-blowing incompetence of the nobility in their management of and interference in the war effort, the sickening war-profiteering and conspicuous consumption (even during the winter of 1916-17!) of the captains of industry after total economic mobilisation in 1915-16, and the bureaucratic nightmare of the Russian state meant that many quite rightly blamed the upper-classes for the country's plight and so inspired 60% of the entire country to vote for the Social Democratic Party (which promised a socialist democracy) and a further 24% to vote for the Communist Party (which [[BlatantLies promised a communist democracy]]).

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* This trope served as a metaphor for the Communists' [[RedOctober October Revolution in Russia]] and the temporary upswing in public support the Bolsheviks gained in the cities prior to the general election and the outbreak of the Civil War [[note]] In which they secured some 24% of the total vote, including virtually the entire urban vote. They did this by promising to relieve the famines in St Petersburg and Moscow. These had occured in the winter of 1916-17 because the country's village-communes had stopped producing or selling as much grain: the total mobilisation of industry for war-production meant there was nothing left that they wanted to buy, and the value of money steadily decreased thanks to the wartime economic boom and the government's inflationary policies. For a time the Bolsheviks were able to marginally improve the food-situation in the two major cities by pillaging the nearby countryside for food and leaving the survivors to die, but after a while their raiding parties had to go further and further afield and the supplies they brought in were no longer enough to keep everyone in the cities alive. Although the rapacious raiding marked the end of the peasants' ambivalence to the Bolsheviks and the return of starvation ended cityfolk's willing support for them as well, they were quite ruthless in using their powers of life-and-death (through the insufficient rations they dealt out) over the starving urban proletariat to consolidate their control over the country [[/note]]. The sheer mind-blowing incompetence of the nobility in their management of and interference in the war effort, the sickening war-profiteering and conspicuous consumption (even during the winter of 1916-17!) of the captains of industry after total economic mobilisation in 1915-16, and the bureaucratic nightmare of the Russian state meant that many quite rightly blamed the upper-classes for the country's plight and so inspired 60% of the entire country to vote for the Social Democratic Socialist Revolutionary Party (which promised a socialist democracy) and a further 24% to vote for the Communist Party (which [[BlatantLies promised a communist democracy]]).democracy]]). The Bolsheviks refused to accept their loss, and shut down the assembly elected when it tried to meet.



* UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution being inspired and prophesied by Rousseau was entirely driven by this mentality. During the Great Fear after the fall of the Bastille, across France several people marched into châteaux, seized weapons, killed aristocrats, beheading them and [[DeadGuyOnDisplay putting it on a pike]] which they carried with them. Images of mobs carrying pikes with heads became an iconic part of the revolution, most of those heads were aristocrats, soldiers and in one famously appalling incident, UsefulNotes/MarieAntoinette's confidante and friend, the Princesse de Lamballe.
** One grotesque case is that of the tax minister Foullon, notoriously unpopular and severe. There was a rumour where he was supposed to have suggested that "the poor eat hay" if they are starving. The poor ''were'' starving. When the mob got hold of him, they dragged him to Paris with his mouth stuffed with Hay, and then they cut off his head and put it on a stick. Then they killed and beheaded his son-in-law too and made his head "Kiss Daddy!"
** The ReignOfTerror often has this reputation, seen as the blade that would fall under the necks of the rich. In actual fact, the final tally of victims of 17,000 people by Guillotine after a trial in the year 1793-1794 features only 8% of the victims being aristocrats (who considering they were 1% of the population did feel a disproportionate impact) with 25% of the victims being bourgeois and middle-class, 28% were peasants and working-class and the rest were clergy. During the final month, the period of the "Great Terror" after the Law of 22 Prarial, [[AxCrazy where 1000 people were executed in a single month]] ([[UpToEleven matching the executions in Paris the previous year]]), the victims became 38% Nobility, 26% Clergy, with [[EatTheRich the wealthy victims]] discriminated against since the law deprived them of a [[KangarooCourt right to call for witnesses, legal representatives or evidence]] by which according to Georges Couthon ([[HangingJudge who drafted the law to the Convention]]), wealthier accused escaped the blade before. This eventually led to the Thermidorian Reaction and the end of Terror.
* The New York Draft Riots of 1863 were sparked by the outrage of wealthy young men being able to buy their way out of being drafted into the American Civil War, while the poor had no way out. Poor rioters targeted anyone on the street in wealthy-looking clothing, killing them in many cases. Unfortunately blacks were also targeted, as the poor Irish immigrant participants also resented them.

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* UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution being inspired and prophesied by Rousseau was entirely driven by this mentality. During the Great Fear after the fall of the Bastille, across France several people marched into châteaux, seized weapons, killed aristocrats, beheading them and [[DeadGuyOnDisplay putting it on a pike]] which they carried with them. Images of mobs carrying pikes with heads became an iconic part of the revolution, most revolution. Most of those heads were aristocrats, soldiers and in one famously appalling incident, UsefulNotes/MarieAntoinette's confidante and friend, the Princesse de Lamballe.
** One grotesque case is that of the tax minister Foullon, notoriously unpopular and severe. There was a rumour where he was supposed to have suggested that "the poor eat hay" if they are starving. The poor ''were'' starving. When the mob got hold of him, they dragged him to Paris with his mouth stuffed with Hay, hay, and then they cut off his head and put it on a stick. Then they killed and beheaded his son-in-law too and made his head "Kiss Daddy!"
** The ReignOfTerror often has this reputation, seen as the blade that would fall under the necks of the rich. In actual fact, the final tally of victims of 17,000 people by Guillotine after a trial in the year 1793-1794 features only 8% of the victims being aristocrats (who considering they were 1% of the population did feel a disproportionate impact) with 25% of the victims being bourgeois and middle-class, 28% were peasants and working-class and the rest were clergy. During the final month, the period of the "Great Terror" after the Law of 22 Prarial, [[AxCrazy where 1000 1,000 people were executed in a single month]] ([[UpToEleven matching the executions in Paris the previous year]]), the victims became 38% Nobility, 26% Clergy, with [[EatTheRich the wealthy victims]] discriminated against since the law deprived them of a [[KangarooCourt right to call for witnesses, legal representatives or evidence]] by which according to Georges Couthon ([[HangingJudge who drafted the law to the Convention]]), wealthier accused escaped the blade before. This eventually led to the Thermidorian Reaction and the end of Terror.
* The New York Draft Riots of 1863 were sparked by the outrage of wealthy young men being able to buy their way out of being drafted into the American Civil War, while the poor had no way out. Poor rioters targeted anyone on the street in wealthy-looking clothing, killing them in many cases. Unfortunately blacks were also targeted, as the poor Irish immigrant participants also resented them.them for being exempted from the draft.
23rd Sep '17 12:55:31 PM nombretomado
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* In the BadReligion song "I Want to Conquer the World", one of the things the singer says he'll do to establish his utopia is "expose the [[CorruptCorporateExecutive corporates]] and feed them to the children."

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* In the BadReligion Music/BadReligion song "I Want to Conquer the World", one of the things the singer says he'll do to establish his utopia is "expose the [[CorruptCorporateExecutive corporates]] and feed them to the children."



* The german rap formation [[Music/{{KIZ}} KIZ]] has a song called "Ich esse Reiche" - "I eat rich people":

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* The german German rap formation [[Music/{{KIZ}} KIZ]] Music/{{KIZ}} has a song called "Ich esse Reiche" - "I eat rich people":



* [[Music/{{BlackSabbath}} Black Sabbath]] (performing under the name Heaven & Hell) allude to this in a song called "Eating The Cannibals."

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* [[Music/{{BlackSabbath}} Black Sabbath]] Music/BlackSabbath (performing under the name Heaven & Hell) allude to this in a song called "Eating The Cannibals."
10th Sep '17 5:00:24 PM Romagnadvoratrelundar
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* In John Waters' ''DesperateLiving'', the evil Queen Carlotta (Edith Massey) ends up cooked and eaten by her subjects.

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* In John Waters' ''DesperateLiving'', ''Film/DesperateLiving'', the evil Queen Carlotta (Edith Massey) ends up cooked and eaten by her subjects.
5th Sep '17 11:42:01 PM Surenity
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* The New York Draft Riots of 1863 were sparked by the outrage of wealthy young men being able to buy their way out of being drafted into the American Civil War, while the poor had no way out. Poor rioters targeted anyone on the street in wealthy-looking clothing, killing them in many cases. Unfortunately blacks were also targeted, as the poor Irish immigrant participants also resented them.
6th Jun '17 1:01:19 PM SeanMurrayI
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Or if you prefer, [[{{Pun}} voregeoisie]].

A StockPhrase and concept used to encourage the vilification of [[AcceptableTargets rich people]]. Frequently, the phrase is used to metaphorically advocate a class uprising or revolt among the lower and working classes against those viewed as {{Upper Class Twit}}s and {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s--the Have Nots taking from the Haves. Occasionally, that metaphor is accompanied by language and imagery that [[LiteralMetaphor literally]] suggests [[ImAHumanitarian eating the rich]].

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Or if you prefer, [[{{Pun}} voregeoisie]].

A StockPhrase and concept used to encourage the vilification of [[AcceptableTargets rich people]]. people]].

Frequently, the phrase is used to metaphorically advocate a class uprising or revolt among the lower and working classes against those viewed as {{Upper Class Twit}}s and {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s--the Have Nots taking from the Haves. Occasionally, that metaphor is accompanied by language and imagery that [[LiteralMetaphor literally]] suggests [[ImAHumanitarian eating the rich]].
6th Jun '17 8:56:02 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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A StockPhrase and concept used to encourage the vilification of [[AcceptableTargets rich people]].

Frequently, the phrase is used to metaphorically advocate a class uprising or revolt among the lower and working classes against those viewed as {{Upper Class Twit}}s and {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s--the Have Nots taking from the Haves. Occasionally, that metaphor is accompanied by language and imagery that [[LiteralMetaphor literally]] suggests [[ImAHumanitarian eating the rich]].

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Or if you prefer, [[{{Pun}} voregeoisie]].

A StockPhrase and concept used to encourage the vilification of [[AcceptableTargets rich people]].

people]]. Frequently, the phrase is used to metaphorically advocate a class uprising or revolt among the lower and working classes against those viewed as {{Upper Class Twit}}s and {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s--the Have Nots taking from the Haves. Occasionally, that metaphor is accompanied by language and imagery that [[LiteralMetaphor literally]] suggests [[ImAHumanitarian eating the rich]].
6th Jun '17 6:58:05 AM longWriter
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* ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster'': In one short stored named ''Comrade Bingo'', one of Bertie's IdleRich friends is in love with the daughter of a communist revolutionary. He disguises himself and gives speeches with a very Eat the Rich bent to them:
--> '''Bingo:''' “And the fat one!” proceeded the chappie. “Don’t miss him. Do you know who that is? That’s Lord Bittlesham! One of the worst. What has he ever done except eat four square meals a day? His god is his belly, and he sacrifices burnt-offerings to it till his eyes bubble. If you opened that man now you would find enough lunch to support ten working-class families for a week.”
2nd Jun '17 6:17:40 AM SeanMurrayI
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* [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in ''Film/LandOfTheDead''. Creator/GeorgeARomero's zombie flicks tend to have an underlying social message, and in the case of this film, it concerns how the wealthy poorly treat the lower classes. When the flesh-eating undead horde siege the Fiddler's Green colony, although both rich and poor die in the onslaught, the more intelligent zombies' main targets are the upper-class establishment. Once they're wiped out the zombies withdraw, and the class system ceases to exist. It's revealed afterward that ''the majority'' of Fiddler's Green other residents have survived the zombie attack.

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* [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in ''Film/LandOfTheDead''. Creator/GeorgeARomero's zombie flicks tend to have an underlying social message, and in the case of this film, it concerns how the wealthy poorly treat the lower classes. When the flesh-eating undead horde siege the Fiddler's Green colony, although both rich and poor die in the onslaught, the more intelligent zombies' main targets are the upper-class establishment. Once they're wiped out the zombies withdraw, and the class system ceases to exist. It's revealed afterward that ''the majority'' the majority of Fiddler's Green other residents have survived the zombie attack.
1st Jun '17 7:39:49 PM jormis29
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* [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in ''Film/LandOfTheDead''. George A. Romero's zombie flicks tend to have an underlying social message, and in the case of this film, it concerns how the wealthy poorly treat the lower classes. When the flesh-eating undead horde siege the Fiddler's Green colony, although both rich and poor die in the onslaught, the more intelligent zombies' main targets are the upper-class establishment. Once they're wiped out the zombies withdraw, and the class system ceases to exist. It's revealed afterward that ''the majority'' of Fiddler's Green other residents have survived the zombie attack.

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* [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in ''Film/LandOfTheDead''. George A. Romero's Creator/GeorgeARomero's zombie flicks tend to have an underlying social message, and in the case of this film, it concerns how the wealthy poorly treat the lower classes. When the flesh-eating undead horde siege the Fiddler's Green colony, although both rich and poor die in the onslaught, the more intelligent zombies' main targets are the upper-class establishment. Once they're wiped out the zombies withdraw, and the class system ceases to exist. It's revealed afterward that ''the majority'' of Fiddler's Green other residents have survived the zombie attack.
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