Who Wants a Kidney?

12:20 PM -- Death comes to the gameshow, BBC News reports:

    A Dutch TV station says it will go ahead with a programme in which a terminally ill woman selects one of three patients to receive her kidneys...

    The 37-year-old donor, identified only as Lisa, will make her choice based on the contestants' history, profile and conversation with their family and friends.

    Viewers will also be able to send in their advice by text message during the 80-minute show.
I'll vote for the one who agrees to eat a live scorpion.

The producers, of course, are only publicly degrading these desperate, suffering people in order to stimulate debate on the shocking shortage of organ donors. So they're really humanitarian altruists, dontcha see?

All is not lost for the losers, however. They each get the Home Edition of the game.

— Larry, Attack Monkey, Light Reading

Larry, Monkey 12/5/2012 | 3:07:33 PM
re: Who Wants a Kidney? This time from the UK:

THE company behind Channel 4GÇÖs Supernanny has provoked outrage with plans for a television programme that offers disfigured patients reconstructive surgery for taking part.

The proposal has angered doctors and charities who say the deformities of vulnerable patients would be exploited.


Firesign Theater was way ahead of this curve back around 1970 with its "Beat the Reaper" gameshow:

"You've got... the PLAGUE!"
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