A tv reality show which centres on people competing for a dying woman’s kidneys has been condemned by the Dutch cabinet and MPs, a spokesman for the European Commission and a host of foreign broadcasters and newspapers...I can't wait to see the show's layout. So far, I've got it pictured as a 70's dating show:
Despite the condemnation, the tv company BNN says it will go ahead with the broadcast. In the show, the terminally ill 37-year-old Lisa will choose which of three kidney patients will receive her kidney. The public can help her decide by sending sms messages...
"Contestant Number Three... what is your idea of a perfect evening at home?"
"Good evening, Miss Organ Donor, and can I tell you how luuuurverly your voice is. First I'd kick this dialysis machine into touch, and then I'd lose the 24/7 nurse - what a wench. That would leave us free to talk kidneys and stones... if you know what I mean..."
Between the Dutch and the Americans, I can't decide who's turned reality television into more of an artform. Although the poms aren't doing too badly either... as far as I know, Andrew Lloyd... sorry LORD Andrew Lloyd Webber is in the throes of finding himself a real-life technicolour-coated Joseph.
How many people in the western world do you think have been on TV, or at least have tried to get on to one of the many reality shows? Maybe we should just shortcut the process and have a channel dedicated to a different Joe Soap, one every fifteen minutes.
Come one, come all! Tell us about your: dancing ambitions/singing dreams/bratty children/interfering family/embarrassing illness/life-long passion/unusual fetish/eating disorder/self-esteem issues/dirty home/ideal holiday/newly landscaped garden/badly behaved pets/inter-racial relationship/money problems/organ donor aspirations...
Actually, I may be on to something - we can call it Warhol's Reality.