TikTok trend shows users sharing their hypothetical death row meals

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If you were on death row, what would your last meal be like?

TikTok’s latest bizarre trend has users asking themselves this question and uploading videos that reveal what they would eat if they were in a less-than-ideal situation.

“Diet Coke…Chicken Pad Thai, Saltines, [and] DŌ Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough,” user @chai.lattes.4ever made an “oddly specific” list.

Another strange request was noted for another user named @babeinthewoodz, Sushi, Garden Salsa Sun Chips, a Sonic blue raspberry soda and a bowl of Orbeez.

A third user named @drakeerussell said Chick-Fil-A’s Chicken Nuggets, Arnold Palmer Half Iced Tea/Half Lemonade, Caesar Chicken Salad, Dots Pretzels, Nerds and more made the list.

dr Pepper, Philly cheesesteak, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, Chick-Fil-A, takis, sushi, and other popular foods earned spots on several people’s lists.

Despite its popularity on the controversial video-sharing platform, not everyone is on board with the #deathrowmeal trend.

Chick-fil-a chicken sandwich.
Users on the app list what foods they like best for their last meal and make some weird combinations.
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Tricia Crimmins, a contributor to the Daily Dot, criticized the trend as “distasteful”.

“TikToker also document their last meals – but of course they are not sitting on death row. So many have found the trend to do so be insensitive and unmusical,” she wrote.

Crimmins criticized some users for saying “goodbye” at the end of their videos and making a more obvious reference to death, but the majority of the criticism in the post stemmed from users’ alleged lack of racial awareness.

TikToker @ngozimusa is quoted in the article as criticizing the trend towards racial insensitivity and saying she will not participate because “there is a direct link between race and the death penalty in the United States.”

Not everyone on the social media app is a fan of the #deathrowmeal trend.
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“I’m not trying to be controversial, but I personally will not be a part of this trend,” she said in a Jan. 8 video on her TikTok account.

“People of color have caused a disproportionate 43 percent of executions since 1976, and the vast majority of people following this trend are not people of color,” she added.

She also further criticized the allegedly insensitive trend, saying that people of color “are seven times more likely to be wrongfully convicted of murder in the United States.”

Returning to her own take on the issue, Crimmins ended the criticism by writing, “Unfortunately, death penalty-related content resonates well on TikTok: videos of the ‘weirdest’ food requests on death row and TikTokers eating the last meals of serial killers , have about a million likes. So it’s unlikely that the trend will go out of style anytime soon.”

Source link: https://nypost.com/2023/01/15/tiktok-trend-shows-users-sharing-their-hypothetical-death-row-meals/

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