Some days ago I mentioned on this blog how it shocked me and made me feel ashamed what was going on in the Netherlands and Poland. I feel though images are now restored.
The Great Donor Show that was to give a kidney away to a Dutch patient in need, at the cost of the other two candidates, turned out to be a hoax. At the very moment “Lisa”, a supposedly terminally ill lady with only a half year more to live, was to decide who would have her kidney, the presenter broke through the sick game element to announce all had been a set-up to bring the issue under the attention of people, as well as to criticise the government’s lax stance. The three candidates, all real kidney patients, are still waiting for a transplant though.
In the meanwhile in Poland the national ombudsman for children’s rights corrected herself, thus saving the country from criticism at home and abroad. The earlier idea to have psychologists investigate whether Tinky Winky is gay, has been revoked. “They are fictional characters, they have nothing to do with reality, and the bag and scissors and other props the fictional characters use are there to create a fictional world that speaks to children,” a spokesperson said. “We are not going to deal with this issue any more.”
Good God, now we can finally move on to more important issues. Naturally only after we’ve signed up to become donors.
In the days to come: how conferences like the coming G-8 top in Rostock, Germany have the power and obligation to influence our world for the better.