Story By: Ana Marjanovic, Sub-Editor: Michael Leidig, Agency: Newsflash
A Catholic priest has suggested that actress Megan Fox and rapper Machine Gun Kelly may need to seek the help of an exorcist if they are indulging in vampirism.
Fox, 35, and Machine Gun Kelly, a.k.a. Colson Baker, 32, have been dubbed Hollywood’s weirdest couple for their controversial blood-drinking practices.
Already known for wearing an engagement ring that pricks her finger each time she removes it, Fox recently wrote on Instagram about her upcoming marriage to Kelly: “Every lifetime before this one and as in every lifetime that will follow it, I said yes… And then we drank each other’s blood.”
In October, she wrote on Instagram, “And you, their best beloved one, are now to me, flesh of my flesh; blood of my blood.”
Fox has appeared in several films, including Transformers and Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles.
Machine Gun Kelly is no stranger to strange practices either, having once stabbed himself to impress Fox.
He also wrote a note on Instagram to Fox: “I wear your blood around my neck.”
Fox said that Kelly sometimes cuts his own chest open to shed fresh blood for her and offers his soul.
She has since confirmed that she exchanges drops of blood with Kelly, which they consume on occasion for ritualistic purposes.
Her admission stirred controversy and condemnation from Christian leaders, as well as an unexpected quarter.
In an interview, Rev. Federico Highton, a Catholic priest and missionary from Argentina, warned against drinking human blood, referring to it as “vampirism” with connections to satanic and pagan cults.
Highton is also an expert on Tibetan Buddhism, of which he said: “It’s a form of Gnosticism, which has many facets. One of them is vampirism.”
While stating he does not cover Tibetan vampirism deeply in his book, ‘Tinieblas tibetanas: Del yoga y el mandala al femicidio ritual’ (Tibetan Darkness: From Yoga and Mandala to Ritual Femicide), he said “vampirism is something that should be addressed by an exorcist”.
Dr Taylor Marshall, a well-known Christian apologist who spoke on a Facebook video, said: “Fox says she drinks human blood. But then she qualifies ‘it’s just for ritual purposes’. As if that makes it any better.”
Dr Marshall added: “I mean if she says ‘I drink blood because it helps my skin’, I’d be like ‘it’s sick and disgusting and you’re on a beauty regime, that’s gross, evil.
“But when you say it for ritual purposes only, that’s satanic, occult, it’s evil, wicked, Dracula, vampire, etc.”
Marshall emphasised: “Blood drinking is always satanic”, adding: “You’ve heard of the Anti-Christ? This is the anti-Eucharist”, referring to an inversion of the Eucharist, which Catholics and Orthodox Christians believe is literally the body and blood of Jesus Christ, but in the visible form of bread and wine.
Highton said in the interview: “Tibetan Buddhism is a Gnostic system. In Gnosticism, when someone wants something, its opposite must also be procured. This is what can be called the law of inversion. So, if someone wants to be holy, that person must first seek to be macabre in order to procure its opposite.”
The New Orleans Vampire Association cofounder Belfazaar Ashantison told TMZ that human blood should be tested for blood-borne pathogens before consumption.
Syphilis, hepatitis, HIV, and Ebola can be spread by coming into contact with blood. Another risk blood-drinkers face is haemochromatosis – a potentially fatal condition caused by an excess of iron in the bloodstream.
Others of the wider community of vampires usually keep to themselves, according to a profile of human blood drinkers of New Orleans that the Washington Post published in 2015.
The BBC also published a story that year profiling real-life vampires.
According to the website SciTech.org, which is supported by the Australian government, drinking human blood is risky.
Anyone consuming human blood, the website says, should take steps to minimise risks to themselves and donors.
It says of vampires: “Most feed every couple of weeks, a few spoonfuls at a time. Some even use medical equipment to keep themselves safe.”
The Australian government website also says: “Schizophrenia and dissociative identity disorder have both been linked to clinical vampirism – an obsession with drinking blood that is sometimes referred to as Renfield syndrome. In Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula, R. M. Renfield is an animal-eating inmate at a lunatic asylum who believes blood is the source of life.”