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Big Brother Hoax


surfgranny

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Endemol, which created "Big Brother" in 1999, produced a show where a woman supposedly dying of brain cancer narrowed a group of 25 kidney patients down to two who were to receive her kidneys. Called "The Big Donor Show." contestants had to give emotional pleas telling why they should receive the organ.

Problem was, it was a hoax. The woman was not actually dying of a brain tumor and the entire exercise was intended to put pressure on the Netherlands' government and to raise awareness of the shortage of donated organs.

All but three were dismissed by the so-called donor for being too old, too young, smokers, ex-smokers or unemployed. The final three prospective recipients were real patients in need of transplants, but were also in on the hoax. Viewers were not in on the hoax, however, and were asked to vote for their favorite candidate by sending a text message for 47 cents.

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I read an article about that show! I also thought it was real, a little macabre but real. Seems kind of cruel to those people desperate for a transplant. Also I wonder what they'll do with the money they collected. They'd do well to give it to charity.

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Thats awesome. I mean it sounds like the only ones hoaxed were the viewers. Can you imagine something as disgusting as voting for one dying person to get an organ over another? And to pay 50 cents to do it! Thats wild. I wonder how many votes were cast. I dont really get the political statement they were trying to make, I mean I smoke and if I needed a lung would not expect to get one before a nonsmoker,of course that's JMO.

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Nah, you know what great TV it is (not to mention live feeds) when the dumb smokers who didn't pack enough cigarettes decide they are quitting, lol. Isn't that when Nakomis broke down in Season 5? Silly smokers, pack more cigarettes!!!!

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LOL, Abba! Nik probably thought she'd be there just a week. She was on the block the first eviction. Just think, she'd never have known she had a "special" brother if she'd been evicted that first night.

Is that why you ddnt get picked? do you smoke granny?

King - they didn't take me because I'm

  1. over 40
  2. fat
  3. wrinkled
  4. wear glasses
  5. normal
  6. have real boobs
  7. not from Florida
  8. don't have an agent
  9. not what they're looking for
  10. have a Master's degree
  11. went to Harvard
  12. don't have a twin sister
  13. curse too much for the censors
You can take any, some or all of the above as reasons why they didn't take me - but smoking isn't one of them because I don't smoke.
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