Queen (strike that) -- Big (Kidney) Donor for a Day
Posted Aug 26 2008 4:26pm
For those of you not old enough to remember, Queen for a Day was television show in the 1950's and 60's, one of the original big prize giveaway shows and a forerunner to today's ' reality television." It was popular, in part, because it evoked sympathy with viewers who hoped to see those with hardest of luck catch a break once in a while, at the same time fantasizing that it might be one of us 'regular folk' -- but a Dutch TV executive has taken this concept to a new level (a new low, one might say):
At least one member of the Dutch parliament plans to ask the government to block Friday's broadcast.
Does anyone seriously believe that a show like this would highlight the need for organ donation and the plight of those waiting in a useful manner? Or does it just appeal to the darker side of human nature?