In the Year 2007
- June 5
near future, condemned criminals will play for their
freedom on live TV.
The year is 1999. A TV Network plans to show a live
execution on pay-per-view TV.
The year is 2007. A TV Network Executive in Holland
plans a reality show to determine which of three people
deserves to get a kidney from a dying person with a
To let you in the gag, the first scenario is, of course,
"The Running Man", which was hosted by Richard Dawson
(in an Oscar Worthy performance)
The second scenario is a part of a 1994 TV movie,
"Witness to the Execution" starring Sean Young.
The third one, happened this past week...for real.
As word leaked out that "The Donor Show" (a live reality
show based out of Amsterdam) would actually be giving
out a live kidney to one of three actual kidney
patients, the world was in horror. "How can you play
God?" was one of the nicer reactions to it. But people
were glued to the train wreck, waiting for June 1 to
But then the train wreck got really nasty. Turns out
"The Donor Show" was one big fat hoax. The presenter,
Patrick Lodiers revealed the patient to be an actress
and the three patients were in on the gag. They wanted
to do this to reform the Dutchs government laws on
organ donations because 200 people die a year in Holland
waiting for kidneys.
Now...heres my question. First of all, Endemol (who
allegedly produced the show) should be ashamed of
themselves. The idea may have been a noble one...but
doing it in the form of a reality show tarnishes all the
good reality shows that are out there.
Secondly, did they actually think they could get away
with doing that? I mean, instead of doing the usual
"Ha-Ha this is a hoax and this is what we REALLY wanted
to do" scenario, if they truly had some stonesgo do it.
Actually see if they could get away with giving away a
kidney. That would have made for amazing train wreck TV.
I have been to Holland. Holland is a VERY liberal
country. I think they could have gotten away with doing
And you know what I believe is the worst part of it all.
There has to be some executive somewhere in the US
going, "What a cool idea. Wish I would have thought of
it." or "When can we pitch this?"
Because, we as a society, love this sort of this stuff.
If you watched Network in 1976, or the Running Man in
1984...art has sadly imitated life.
You agree or disagree? Fire me off a letter at firstname.lastname@example.org.