A hypothetical question
I don’t know if anyone of you knows and listens to Dan Carlin’s “Hardcore History” podcast. It’s one of the things I like to listen to when I’m drawing. Not surprisingly, it covers many a gruesome and brutal subject. One of episode I recently listened to was about medieval torture and punishment methods and how they were common practice until not so long ago. He didn’t mention tarring and feathering though. As inhumane as this practice is, it pales in comparison to other torture methods. But to be honest, I don’t know how hard it really was or is to get the tar off (apparently they used wood tar and not bitumen, so it didn’t have to be heated), or if there are any long term effects.
What I do know is that I am very grateful to live in a world where torture is looked down upon as a barbaric act and not viewed as a form of justice or even entertainment! But I guess it lives on as a source of entertainment in an artificial form in violent movies or brutal comics, where mechanics chase around unfortunate pilots …