Dutch TV Kidney-Giveaway Show a Hoax (Probably, Sort Of)

Now it’s been revealed that the reality show we blogged about the other day was a hoax designed to call attention to the shortage of donated organs. The contestants who needed kidneys really do need kidneys, but the “donor” was an actress. “We have only done this cry for help because we want to solve a problem that shouldn’t be a problem,” a producer said afterward.

I have two things to say:

1. If your goal is to call attention to a serious issue that people are deeply conflicted about on moral, medical, and legal grounds, I’m thinking that a theatrical hoax is kind of a suboptimal way to accomplish it.

2. I guess my subconscious is smarter than the rest of my brain, for here’s the headline I put on the earlier blog post: “Kidney News You Won’t Believe.”

(Hat tip: Dan Mulhern)

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  1. egretman says:

    Word is that the Roman Forum had already been booked by Fred Thompson for his demonstrations on how the Social Security and Medicare problem would be remedied under his Republican administration.

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  2. egretman says:

    Word is that the Roman Forum had already been booked by Fred Thompson for his demonstrations on how the Social Security and Medicare problem would be remedied under his Republican administration.

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  3. lermit says:

    Yes those administrators are a drag. That’s why you cannot fix it.

    .lermit

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  4. lermit says:

    Yes those administrators are a drag. That’s why you cannot fix it.

    .lermit

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  5. davinic says:

    Hardly suboptimal. It got me thinking, and more importantly, got me acting.

    After discussing the issue with my wife and researching further, we both filled out the information for the donor registries (we had just marked the box on our driver’s license before), and now knoe that the other wishes to donate all organs in case one (or both) of us should die.

    I would be surprised if the incident caused someone to take their name OFF the list..

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  6. davinic says:

    Hardly suboptimal. It got me thinking, and more importantly, got me acting.

    After discussing the issue with my wife and researching further, we both filled out the information for the donor registries (we had just marked the box on our driver’s license before), and now knoe that the other wishes to donate all organs in case one (or both) of us should die.

    I would be surprised if the incident caused someone to take their name OFF the list..

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  7. egretman says:

    The price of a pride of lions was lower today on the Dutch news… with some hope of a rebound later next year during the Republican national convention.
    -African Financial News Network (AFFN)

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  8. egretman says:

    The price of a pride of lions was lower today on the Dutch news… with some hope of a rebound later next year during the Republican national convention.
    -African Financial News Network (AFFN)

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