Liberal social media users went ballistic on celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay over a TikTok video showing him playfully picking out a lamb for slaughter.
The video, posted Wednesday, shows Ramsay in a barn, climbing into a pen full of young lambs, telling the animals that he plans to eat them. The video has garnered more than 9 million views already, with more than a million likes. The post has also garnered more than 22,000 comments, with many of them coming from viewers criticizing Ramsay for telling the lambs his dinner plans to their faces.
“I’m going to eat you,” Ramsay sings as he slowly approaches the pen and climbs over the fence, while one of the lambs approaches him. “Mmm. Yummy yum yum,” the celebrity chef and restaurateur says, rubbing his hands together as the lambs stare up at him. “Which one of you is going in the oven first? You!” he points to one of the lambs before climbing into the pen.
Ramsay then trips over one of the metal bars, startling the lambs and sending them running towards the corner of the pen. “Oven time,” Ramsay says again as he walks toward the lambs, arms outstretched.
“The Lamb sauce was still not found in the making of this video…..” Ramsay captioned the post, a reference to a viral clip from his reality cooking show “Hell’s Kitchen,” in which Ramsay repeatedly yells, “Where’s the lamb sauce?!” at cooks in his studio kitchen.
Commenters under the video were not amused by Ramsay’s playful attitude.
“Alright I think Gordon has finally lost it. 💀 Someone do something before it’s [too] late,” one TikTok user commented under the post.
“Ok I am not a vegan or vegetarian but that crosses the line,” another user wrote.
“Those beautiful little babies, what people will do for views. It’s a sad world we live in 😔,” another user chimed in.
Other comments wondered if Ramsay was responding to “Vegan Teacher,” another user who Ramsay virally mocked by eating a burger in another TikTok.
“Is this your response to the vegan teacher? 😭” one user wrote.
“WAIT UNTIL THE VEGAN TEACHER SEES THIS 💀💀💀,” another user commented.
“Gordon about to be main villain in vegan teacher stories 😂,” added another.
“The vegan teacher is gonna have a fit over this 💀,” another user said.
Twitter users were equally unamused.
“Hey @GordonRamsay, taunting baby lambs to pick who’s the next victim of your knife is shameful. Just stop,” PETA Vice President Shalin Gala wrote on Twitter, including a link to the video. “And a reminder, #SilenceOfTheLambs was just a movie, not for real life.”
“Infanticide anyone?” a Twitter user wrote.
“Tell @gordonramsay that slaughtering an innocent baby animal is an act of unacceptable violence,” a left-wing protest group called Direct Action Everywhere wrote. “Shame on him for promoting this injustice.”
“What’s the difference between this and doing it blind but knowingly,” another user tweeted. “You’re still choosing to kill to satisfy your taste buds whether Infront of your victim or not. It’s all psychotic behaviour with the same end point for a sentient being.”
Ramsay currently boasts a massive following of more than 33 million followers on TikTok, and another 7 million followers on Twitter.