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Jon Ferry (TikToker, founder and CEO of JonsBones) is a self-described “leading provider of medical human osteology.” His website sells authentic human bones “for the purpose of education and understanding.” You can purchase bones and ribs under $20, with entire human skeletons being sold for about $6,350.
Ferry has 460,000 followers since first launching his TikTok profile (@jonsbones) in February 2020. In one TikTok video that’s gone viral, Ferry shows viewers a wall covered with human spines, which he himself calls “his pride and joy.”
Since his rising popularity however, social media has started questioning exactly where the human remains are coming from and the ethics behind it all. Some osteologists have even criticized the TikToker over his collection.
Ferry defended himself on TikTok, stating that everything he does is completely legal because in the US there is no federal law prohibiting the ownership, sale, or possession of human osteology. While he is not entirely wrong, the states of Louisiana, Georgia and Tennessee outright ban it. And guess which states he doesn’t ship to? You guessed it.
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like i think he was selling somali skulls??? he's since took it down after getting called out by indigenous people— namekian enjoyer & saiyan apologizer 🥕🏳️⚧️ (@wild_forms) August 13, 2021
i will be muting this just for the sake of not having to see this again and again but a lot of cultures, especially indigenous people, have continuously been against excavators and people digging up "relics" and graves... so, fuck "legalities".— namekian enjoyer & saiyan apologizer 🥕🏳️⚧️ (@wild_forms) August 13, 2021
him: "oh it's completely legal to own human bones in the US teehee"— PastelWitch🌙 (@apastelwitch) August 12, 2021
also him: "JonsBones does not ship to states where it's illegal to traffic or own human bones" pic.twitter.com/2J7rpS39J3
I personally don’t have a problem with collecting human remains with INFORMED CONSENT by the OG skeleton maker themselves.— Y a r a • يارا • Hectic Skeleton (@Yara_Haridy) August 13, 2021
It gets worse because I can promise you the vast majority of those skeletons are NOT of Caucasian decent. The vast majority of human remains for collections come from India and other asian countries.— Y a r a • يارا • Hectic Skeleton (@Yara_Haridy) August 13, 2021
Legal =\= ethical.— Y a r a • يارا • Hectic Skeleton (@Yara_Haridy) August 13, 2021
Always beware of someone hiding behind jargon he calls it “human osteology” instead of human remains to give himself legitimacy. He isn’t a scientist.
Finally it is obvious this guy has no respect for osteology or humans (check out the skull with cash in its mouth).— Y a r a • يارا • Hectic Skeleton (@Yara_Haridy) August 13, 2021
Osteology has a rough colonialists history, and it’s this exact mindset that got the whole field there.
Further further reading: https://t.co/AYYevU8V94— Y a r a • يارا • Hectic Skeleton (@Yara_Haridy) August 13, 2021
The company selling these "ethically acquired" (???¿) bones is called Jon's Bones, implying that the remains of these people now belong to Some Dude named Jon - clearly, already disgusting. 2/5— Emma Palladino🏺 (@EmmaPalladino) August 13, 2021
Purpoted ownership of poor and Indigenous peoples' remains is STILL an issue even among the wokest anthros and archaeos. This is pure colonial insanity. Every human remain belonged to an ancestor - a real, living person with dreams and ideas and emotions. 4/5— Emma Palladino🏺 (@EmmaPalladino) August 13, 2021
and just for good measure, fuck jonsbones.— Emma Palladino🏺 (@EmmaPalladino) August 13, 2021
And they are in fact awful practices no *REAL* osteologist (which he is NOT😭) would okay this here’s proof from a real one pic.twitter.com/FHqtXw4WAF— Arlee🌺🇨🇩 (@ArleeBSm) August 14, 2021
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