Dutch broadcaster to air cannibalism
21 December 2011, 12:18
Amsterdam - A Dutch broadcaster - renowned for testing the limits of
good taste and the law - says it will air a segment in which two
presenters engage in cannibalism by eating a small chunk of one
another's fried flesh.
A BNN spokesperson said on Tuesday the men
had each had a small piece of tissue surgically removed for the stunt -
one from his side and the other from his buttocks.
Presenter Dennis Storm said in a press release that his motivation was a simple desire to know how human flesh tastes.
A teaser clip for the show Guinea Pigs, which airs on Wednesday, shows the two men looking on as a chef fries tiny pieces of meat in a pan.
2007, BNN aired a fake game show in which people who needed kidney
transplants competed on live television for a supposedly terminally ill
woman's kidney. The woman was an actress and the show was a hoax, but it
was praised by some for raising awareness of the need for donors and
went on to win an international Emmy award.
'Not expressly illegal'
Spokesperson Thijs Verheij said Wednesday's show is real, but acknowledged the broadcaster had lied about The Big Donor Show. He said the cannibalism episode had already been taped in front of witnesses.
the donor show we had a point to make, now there's no point," he said.
"If at the end of all the buildup we said 'just kidding', we'd look like
One of the country's best-known criminal defence lawyers
is participating in the programme, and was quoted saying that
cannibalism is not expressly illegal in the Netherlands.
"cutting and removing flesh from a healthy body without medical reason
is illegal," Gerard Spong said. "Eating meat obtained in this way is
BNN, which targets a youth audience, has previously aired programmes such as Shooting and Swallowing in which presenters used illegal drugs and performed sex acts.