Mark Burnett must be kicking himself today for not living in Amsterdam. Surely if he lived in that liaise faire society, he wouldn’t be hampered by “Standards & Practices” and “viewer principles.” I mean, check out what the pot-addled minds of Amsterdam’s finest reality television producers have concocted.
A Dutch reality show in which a supposedly dying woman had to pick one of three contestants to receive her kidneys was revealed as a hoax on Friday.
Identified only as “Lisa”, the 37-year-old woman turned out to be a healthy actress but the three candidates were genuine kidney patients, details the show’s producers revealed in the last minutes of the “The Big Donorshow”….
Dutch Education Minister Ronald Plasterk hailed the show as a “fantastic stunt” and an intelligent way to draw attention to the shortage of organs.
I can’t make up my mind as to which is worse: A television show where they treat kidney patients like needy Bachelor contestants (“Amber, will you accept this vital organ?”), or compiling their medical problems with the stress of competing for survival, and them telling them it’s all a hoax?
The article says that “some kidney patients” approved of the show because it drew attention to their plight, but nowhere did it mention whether or not the “contestants” in the show were aware that it was a hoax from the beginning. If not, I figure Endemol Netherlands will have some pretty hefty lawsuits on their hands.