I understand the libertarian position that a person should be able to sell their body parts to anyone who is wishing to buy those parts.
While I don't find the idea to be immoral, I think the results of such a scheme would lead to rampant immoral, or amoral at best, schemes to obtain body parts. I think this reality show is a glimpse into what happens.
I also realize that some poor people, today, sell their body parts to people who can afford it. Right now, I don't want to dig up articles about it, but I know it happens, especially in other countries.
"Desperation becomes a spectacle in the Netherlands," said Italian newspaper Del Corriere Della Sera.
This is a "macabre contest," the Times of London said.
When the 80-minute show airs on Friday, a 37-year-old woman with a brain tumor, identified only as "Lisa," will pick one of three candidates with kidney problems, based on their history and conversations with their families and friends.
Viewers are encouraged to advise her via text messages.
Public broadcaster BNN said the idea was to highlight the growing shortage of organ donors in the Netherlands and the show would also serve as a tribute to its founder who died of kidney failure five years ago despite several transplants.
Imagine people going to India or poor countries in Africa and offering "a lot of money," say $200, for a liver, or a lung, or a kidney.
A controversial Dutch reality TV show featuring a contest to win a kidney was a hoax, producers Endemol have admitted.
The Big Donor Show was supposed to have featured a terminally-ill woman choosing a recipient for her kidneys.
However, at the last minute the programme's producers, who also make Big Brother, revealed on air that the woman starring on the reality show was a healthy actress.
But the contestants trying to win the kidneys are genuine and are still in need of organs.
All knew the programme was a hoax before they agreed to participate.
Programme makers Endemol said their show was intended to focus on the shortage of donor organs in the Netherlands.