Friday, June 01, 2007

Kidney Transplant 'Reality" TV Show Is a Hoax

Apparently, the joke was on us -- from the Associated Press this morning:

"The television show in which a woman would donate a kidney to a contestants was revealed as a hoax Friday, with presenters saying they were trying to pressure the government into reforming organ donation laws.

Shortly before the controversial program was to air, Patrick Lodiers of the ``Big Donor Show'' said the woman was not actually dying of a brain tumor and the entire exercise was intended to put pressure on the government and raise awareness of the need for organs.

The three prospective recipients were real patients in need of transplants and had been in on the hoax, the show said.

The program concept had received widespread criticism for being tasteless and unethical." (including this blog)

The full article here.

1 comment:

Ben Hoogeboom said...

It was, of course, a tasteless show. But we need kidneys. Well, that makes it a better show.
Yours, Ben Hoogeboom.