Friday, June 01, 2007

:: dutch controversial reality-tv triumphs! ::

there has been so much flak about the decision by the controversial BNN network to broadcast 'the great donor show' - with accusations of being in bad taste, and a new low in reality TV.

read here, here and here...

Watching the controversial 'the great donor show' - a reality program in Netherlands
From agentX Blog S...

the concept is simple: a terminally ill woman who has up to 6 months to live, choose 3 candidates out of thousands. She will make her choice based on the contestants' history, profile and conversations with their families and friends. Viewers will be able to send text messages advising her during the 80-minute show. After which, she will decide....

despite the outroars, the dutch government has decided that they cannot stop the broadcast of the show, because of the freedom of speech and liberty (and not being a nanny-state).

i was full on anticipation with my chicken rice dinner and watching the telly.

The donor interviews 3 candidates which she has selected out of thousands.

i was all nerves, until the last seconds...when they announced the 'selected' candidate.

and guess what?

it was a hoax - the show's aim is to highlight the plight of millions of kidney patients waiting patiently for kidneys and put a face on those oh-so-familiar stories. it also had resulted in more awareness in kidney donation, i believe. the 3 'candidates' are real kidney patients while the supposedly terminally ill woman is an actress.

personally, this is definitely much better publicity and it has succeeded its aims. and it is surely better than the embarassing NKF fiasco back home.

how i love the freedom of personal choice and how a civilised and mature society is at work here....

The 3 kidney patients and the presenter ..

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