A Modest Proposal/YMMV

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  • Acceptable Targets: the Irish. By a side-effect, eating the Irish will mean reducing the number of Catholics. Everyone wins! And the idiotic youth of the upper class who contribute in no way to society -- they can be grilled, too.
    • Although the Proposal was more of a jab at the English. It was a parody of the attitude of the day: let's strip them of their rights, steal their land, burn what they have left, then whine about how poor and lazy they are.
    • Portraying the Proposal as a combination of ideas from an American and the cannibalistic practices of Formosa (modern-day Taiwan) is backhanded criticism of how both groups were dismissed as barbaric by European society.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: The number of people who thought that Swift may have been serious...
    • And there are a few who claim that Swift did mean it, saying he wrote most of the thing in a syphilis-induced haze.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Let's eat Irish babies!
  • Weird Al Effect: Many modern kids probably wouldn't know of it, if not for the Sealab 2021 episode "Chickmate".