Reality TV - Is This Going Too Far?

@Stiletto (4584)
May 29, 2007 10:52am CST
A show in the Netherlands produced by Endemol (the makers of Big Brother) is currently causing a huge amount of controversy before it's even been aired. The show is called "The Big Donor" and in it a 37 year old terminally ill woman will donate her kidneys to one of 3 short-listed "contestants". She will decide which one she wants her kidneys to go to when she dies and viewers will be able to send in text messages during the show advising her of which person to choose as the organ recipient. The programme has been condemned as wretched and unethical by critics but the channel broadcasting the show (this Friday) defend it as "highlighting the challenges in getting donor organs". What do you think? Is this a suitable way to highlight the need for organ donors or is it just reality TV gone mad? If you live in the Netherlands will you watch it? If you don't live in the Netherlands would you watch it if you could?
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29 May 07
Hi MIss Stiletto, Well i am off on my holidays next week and I am going to The Netherlands - as you already knew this I can only presume that you have been looking up the television guide for me as I won't be myLotting it. This show certainly sounds contraversial but fair enough. I am presuming that in Europe this kind of thing is in fact allowed as I know that here in the UK this just would not be allowed. They would probably rather that the kidney went to waste than its fate be decided before hand. I personally think that a great twist would be that her kidneys were in great disrepair and could not be used as transplants. This kind of show I think is wrong but I am not actually surprised. The makers of Big Brother really will do anything to make a quick buck, So when does the show air as this could be my holiday sorted out. I always have to have something to be addicted to and this show could be it. Is it a nightly thing and if so how long does it air for. I can keep a diary of what happens in it and update you upon my return.
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@Stiletto (4584)
29 May 07
Apparently it's going to be shown on Friday and I think it's just one or two shows so it looks like you'll miss it. Just thought you might need something to occupy your time when you're away but sadly I don't think that will be it! So it seems that in other parts of Europe you can choose who gets your organs? Pretty weird really and you're right - it wouldn't be allowed here thank goodness.
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29 May 07
Damn I go on Sunday - I hope they show repeats lol. But it will be in dutch orsomething so I wouldn't understand it anyway lol.
@lpipe0240 (1161)
• United States
29 May 07
I would not watch this. It is something that should be decided by doctors not a reality TV show. I think reality TV she be removed from the air and put comedys back on. Reality is not going to hit the TV screen untill they install a hidden camera inside someone's home and air that.
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@Stiletto (4584)
29 May 07
Yes I've often wondered what type of "reality" these programmes really show. I've yet to see any of the usual ones like "Big Brother" etc feature anything like a "real" person! I wouldn't watch this show either.
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@lpipe0240 (1161)
• United States
29 May 07
I hear this a lot. People are tired of this crap on TV. Yet there are people still out there watching it.
• India
2 Jun 07
Apparently this is a hoax, while the participants ARE in need of a transplant, there's no dying donor and no one's going to really chosen for a transplant. The participants know this- it's supposed to increase awareness about the "challenges in getting donor organs". Still a bad idea I think but not as morbid as the original idea.
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@Stiletto (4584)
2 Jun 07
I've just been reading about it. Yes it's not quite as ghastly as it first seemed although personally I think rather than highlighting the challenges in getting donor organs it highlights how ludicrous most reality tv shows are!
@ctrymuziklvr (11059)
• United States
2 Jun 07
I've never been into reality tv programs of any kind and your right about this one. I read that the whole think is a scam and it's not even going to air. Your right, not only tv but people have gone mad. I wouldn't watch the show if they paid me to.
@Stiletto (4584)
2 Jun 07
Hmmm interesting if it's not going to air! That of course would be a smart decision if they decided not to show it. Maybe they just put the story out for publicity.
@gardengrrl (1445)
• United States
30 May 07
Gosh, I thought the USA had the corner on tacky and tasteless, totally moronic TV. I hope the good folks of the Netherlands don't watch the show, and maybe even pelt the creators with eggs once or twice. I don't know how they're getting the people to participate, if this were happening in the USA, the people involved would be excluded from UNOS, the entity that regulates organ donation and keeps the list of waiting recipients. It would probably be considered "black market" activity. How completely creepy!
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@Stiletto (4584)
30 May 07
I know - I can't imagine that programme being made in the UK either and we also have some pretty tasteless stuff on our TV. I'm astonished that the surgeons, etc are going along with it.
• India
30 May 07
This show was obviously dreamed up someone with extremely poor taste. It's exploitative and violates basic human dignity. I don't think that a donor should have a say in who his/her organs go to (unless it's a family member or someone with whom you have a personal relationship, you shouldn't be picking a recipient on the basis of anything other than need).Honestly, nothing seems sacred anymore, everything and anything can be reduced to one huge game show or circus.
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@Stiletto (4584)
30 May 07
Yes I thought it was unusual that the person was in a position to decide who the organs go to but apparently in Holland you can do that if a personal relationship can be demonstrated. I don't know how they can possibly think it's a "personal relationship" in this case so not sure how they are getting round this one.
• India
30 May 07
I do not like the concept. Nowadays the trend of reality shows are on the air. But I do not feel positive about all such shows. The talent hunts, Fear factor, are nice ones, as they are about meeting challenges and finding talents, and all that. But organ donating......this sounds weird, and sick. No, I am not talking about donation. Donating an organ to some patient who needs it, is never sick, it is infact a very noble act. But using such a cause as a source of income, by some people and channel is just too much. I will not see the show, and if I were in Netherlands, then also I would not have seen it.
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• India
30 May 07
the reality shows may be a great fun for the audience ,but for the sufferers it is more than a nightmare.also it initiates lot of unnecessary controversies that give birth to unwanted troubles.
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@Stiletto (4584)
30 May 07
I've never understood why people would want to put themselves through all that stuff anyway.
@maevic (821)
• Bahrain
30 May 07
that's too much reality. It seems like they want to get business of out that person who wants to donate her kidneys. It's shameful. If ever i have the chance to watch it, i will not watch it. Shame for those people who produce this reality TV.
@Stiletto (4584)
30 May 07
I agree with you - I understand that people want to make money but really there should be limits as to how far to go with it.
@vampoet (825)
• Singapore
29 May 07
Whoa....donating kidneys...thatz a first. I find other shows like survivor and real life bad enough. I would not watch this show as I feel it is unethical. There are so many people on the waiting list for a new lease at life. Making a reality show on this is just oh so wrong....
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@Stiletto (4584)
30 May 07
I agree that it's definitely unethical.
29 May 07
ya i think so,these shows in my opinion are wasting time.
@Stiletto (4584)
30 May 07
Well apart from anything else there is just way too many of them now.
@patgalca (14557)
• Orangeville, Ontario
29 May 07
Uh-oh... I see an episode of Law & Order in our future. Just imagine, the person not getting picked for the organ getting angry and taking it out on the donor, the donor's family or the producers of the show. This is over the top and if it were airing in Canada I would not be watching it. I'm still trying to figure out why cameras were following Anna Nicole Smith around, or the Osbournes, or Paris and Nicole, etc. etc. We need more good, CLEAN comedy.
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@Stiletto (4584)
29 May 07
The Anna Nicole Smith one really got me - I saw it once and couldn't believe it. I mean she was so clearly "not right"!
29 May 07
i think this is rediculas and i watch all kinds of rubbish. to think that someone doesnt get the kidney that they so badly need all because of something they have said or even something that they may have done in the past is stupid. i certianly would not watch this as i dont think its right. makes me wonder though if the doner is getting any money for this on the side?
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@Stiletto (4584)
29 May 07
I wondered that as well - I mean she of all people should appreciate the situation these other people are in. I guess the programme makers probably are paying her and to be fair she may be thinking of her family - maybe she has kids, I don't know. I suppose in the situation she's in she will want to make sure her family are well looked-after when she's gone. It's still a really distasteful thing to take part in though.
• Portugal
29 May 07
Not my kind of program, I think that people are going mad, one day we will see someone contesting about wich one of the contestants will be killed or not.
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@Stiletto (4584)
29 May 07
Well it's only a matter of time because increasingly nothing seems to be "off limits" anymore!
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