Big Donor: Dutch
kidney donor show proves a hoax
The finale of the Dutch "Big
Donor" Show revealed that it was nothing more but a hoax.
you haven't heard of the show yet: It's a Dutch TV reality show,
in which three contestants in need of a kidney donor compete to
win a kidney. Much like in the Big Brother spin-offs, the viewers
vote on which of the three contestant will get the kidney from
the single donor.
Understandably, the kidney-donor show met an
avalanche of criticism. Many people were left wondering if there
is any part of life left without its own reality show. The Big
Donor Show drew condemnation from Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, the Royal Netherlands Medical Association and many
others from all over the world.
Today was the season finale of the show, and
the producers from the channel BNN revealed it was a hoax. The
organ donor, her name on the show was Lisa, proved to be a paid
actress. During the show she was said to have been diagnosed
with an inoperable brain tumor and was to choose who would
receive one of her kidneys.
The three finalists of Big Donor, who were
also privy to the hoax, are indeed waiting for organ donations.
According to Patrick Lodiers, the host of the
show, the producers wanted to draw attention to the problems and
struggles of people waiting on the donor lists. The show aired
on the fifth anniversary of the death of BNN founder Bart de
Graaff, who died after waiting seven years for an organ
Published on 06/01/2007