Tuesday, May 29, 2007

BYO punchline

All I can say is, read this:

http://www.reuters.com/article/
oddlyEnoughNews/idUSL2831532320070529?feedType=RSS

Apparently a terminally ill dutch woman is going to appear on a game show to find a recipient for her organs. The article didn't mention what her illness is, I'm thinking she's vent dependant and is going to have herself taken off the vent to die? I guess I should be more offended, but this passes ludicrous and is on to surreal. The shows creators say it's going to highlight the need for organ donors. Mmmm, ok.

Well, I guess reality TV has used up all the sex angles, so they've moved on to death.

11 comments:

PJ Geraghty said...

Here's a slightly easier link to the story: http://tinyurl.com/35q5yq.

But it is indeed bizarre.

Funky Mango said...

I blogged about this story in a bit more detail here (from a UK perspective), if anyone's interested. Sounds thoroughly unethical to me.

Judy said...

TRy this article http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070529/UPDATE/705290392/1020/NATION

They use the words "inoperable brain tumor" and "cancer"

Doesn't sound like an ideal donor to me.

Dean Moyer said...

I've tried to think up a more inappropriate theme for a game show... I can't. This one just leaves me numb.

I like your blog, btw. I've added you to my blogroll.

Anonymous said...

Just another reason why i will never be a donor.

What about immoral don't you understand?

Now that the Brits are mixing animal and human DNA, just let your dog grow your organs, or your chid.

Anonymous said...

It was actually a hoax....

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/6714063.stm

TC said...

NOOOOOOO!!!!!!! I have a whole post almost finished about this! Actually I'm glad it's a hoax, and it did get people talking about organ donation. Theatre of the absurd, but now what am I going to write about?

Alison Hymes said...

I'm so glad it was a hoax. I was suspicious since they said the prospective donor had a (disqualifying) brain tumor.

Dean Moyer said...

Oh, those dirty buggers!!!

Well, at least we can rest easy knowing that society hasn't completely gone down the drain... oh wait, I notice that the show "America's Got Talent" is back on the air this summer... so maybe it has. :)

- Dean

TC said...

Actually, a brain tumor doesn't necessarily rule out someone from being a donor. It depends on the type, if it has metastasized to the rest of the body, if it's been operated on or if the person has a VP shunt.

Sharon from NY said...

Too bad the story about the show- which I found completely disgusting and amoral- made big news but I didn't find out that it was a hoax until I read it here! I'm a strong believer in organ donation but there ARE better ways to publicize the need. Thanks again for the work you do.