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The Kidney Reality Show

An Australian kidney health organisation has slammed a Dutch TV program, in which viewers will decide who wins a kidney transplant, saying it will put the donor and the patients under enormous stress.

Dutch broadcaster BNN plans to air a television show next week in which a terminally ill woman will decide which of three young patients will get her kidney.

Viewers will send text messages to the 37-year-old woman, known as Lisa, advising her which of the candidates to pick.


Obviously, it's not true.

At least, it better not be fucking true, and someone out to find this out quickly, and let the Age know. Me too.

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catsparx
May. 30th, 2007 05:08 am (UTC)
I read this on the net this morning & almost posted the link around the traps... but didn't. I suspect it is true. I mean, you can get a husband or wife on reality TV. How far can we be from competing for human tissue?
benpeek
May. 30th, 2007 05:12 am (UTC)
i would've thought pretty far, myself. there's got to be a line.

'two out of three of these people will die! help lisa make the decision as she goes out with them, learns their hopes, their desires, and ultimately saves the one she likes.'

it's a satire, not a real tv show.
catsparx
May. 30th, 2007 05:17 am (UTC)
thats a lotta faith you got in human goodness there, buddy.
frogworth
May. 30th, 2007 05:45 am (UTC)
He's cute like that, isn't he?
catsparx
May. 30th, 2007 05:46 am (UTC)
oh yeah
benpeek
May. 30th, 2007 06:19 am (UTC)
you're both horrible cynics.
jack_ryder
May. 30th, 2007 05:51 am (UTC)
From Crikey
(fuck I hope this is fair use:)

Story by Guy Rundle

No sooner has Big Brother Australia set a new low in pop culture nihilism than the Netherlands, home of Big Brother, trumps our ace, with a TV show in which three people who need a kidney transplant will compete to win the favours of a 37-year-old donor who has a terminal illness.

The Big Donor Show is being produced by Endemol NV, the company that originated Big Brother. Viewers will vote for whom they wish to receive the kidney via SMS.

The show’s producers have defended it, predictably, as drawing attention to the shortage of kidneys for transplant, etc etc. "Some people will think it's tasteless, but we think the reality is even more shocking and tasteless: Waiting for an organ is just like playing the lottery,'' said network chairman Laurens Drillich.

More shocking than the concept has been the inability of the critical responses to get at the root of the matter, saying it will cause "confusion and anxiety", and that it's "not the way we would want to highlight the problem".

Tastelessness and confusion isn’t the issue. The issue is that the event is evil in a literal and exact sense. Quite aside from the competition element -- the donor and audience will choose based on the case each “contestant” presents, thus violating the principle that donation should be blind and altruistic -- the basic modus operandi is that suffering unto death is being transformed into entertainment. As with the Big-Brother-becomes-proxy-snuff-movie, if you think the morality of it is genuinely debatable, then you haven’t understood how morality and life connect.

There’s no great coincidence that this comes out of the Netherlands, the home of very liberally applied euthanasia laws. It’s a society which has broken down the boundary between life and death in the spirit of pure rationality -- and then found itself to its surprise that death starts to flow back into all areas of life.

Most people will feel a basic sense of abhorrence at something like this. But we’ve been trained to such a degree to transgress all taboos -- whatever their content -- that most people react to that sense of abhorrence by asking "what’s wrong with me?" rather than considering whether the thing itself is generally abhorrent. And though it’s not the major issue, the lack of voluntary restraint makes it inevitable that governments will eventually step in with more blanket and heavy-handed restrictions, with a measure of public support, and a case for free speech that no one really wants to defend.

Still, should some sleazebag Australian outfit buy the format, we may get the opportunity to see Nurse Lumby trying to spin it.
benpeek
May. 30th, 2007 06:19 am (UTC)
Re: From Crikey
There’s no great coincidence that this comes out of the Netherlands, the home of very liberally applied euthanasia laws. It’s a society which has broken down the boundary between life and death in the spirit of pure rationality -- and then found itself to its surprise that death starts to flow back into all areas of life.

yes, well, i don't know about that. that's a stretch in connection that part.

but otherwise, yes. the problem with this concept is it's literally an audience deciding who lives and who dies. which is so not cool on so many levels.
ataxi
May. 30th, 2007 07:30 am (UTC)
Re: From Crikey
I think it's retarded, but as the producers point out, all three contestants have a far higher chance of receiving an organ by participating in the show than they would through the usual channels. Also the audience merely advises and makes no final decision.
benpeek
May. 30th, 2007 07:59 am (UTC)
Re: From Crikey
yes, but when they vote, that's what they're be voting for. that's the choice, after all. little timmy over little jane and pedro.

as for the higher rate... sure. that's why it's so unpleasant on so many levels.
black13
May. 30th, 2007 09:32 am (UTC)
Sorry but, yes, so far as I can tell it's true. The newspaper I read every morning is making quite a fuss about it. It's apparently even kept the courts in the Netherlands busy for a while, until they allowed it.
benpeek
May. 30th, 2007 11:25 am (UTC)
damn the netherlands!
speshal_k
May. 30th, 2007 10:16 am (UTC)
T'was on the BBc last night so it must be :-)
benpeek
May. 30th, 2007 11:25 am (UTC)
you're suppose to be saying, 'no, ben, it's a lie. the BBC said so.'
speshal_k
May. 30th, 2007 11:37 am (UTC)
sorry. blame the dutch!
benpeek
May. 31st, 2007 12:52 am (UTC)
i will!
ex_chrisbil
May. 31st, 2007 02:12 pm (UTC)
Dude, almost as good as your idea about civil war.
benpeek
Jun. 1st, 2007 02:13 am (UTC)
that idea was so much more morally sound.
drasecretcampus
Jun. 1st, 2007 11:32 pm (UTC)
Nope, turns out it's a "political" hoax after all: http://media.guardian.co.uk/site/story/0,,2093764,00.html

benpeek
Jun. 3rd, 2007 03:20 am (UTC)
thanks for that, man. as you can see i linked it.
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