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Television cannibalism stunt goes global

Tuesday 20 December 2011

Newspapers and broadcasters from around the world have picked up on a Dutch television stunt in which two presenters claim to eat a small piece of each other's flesh.

The show, due to be aired on Wednesday, features Dennis Storm and Valerio Zeno from youth channel BNN, allegedly eating a small portion of human meat on the show Proefkonijnen (guinea pigs).

One trailer for the programme shows a surgeon appearing to remove a small piece of flesh from the buttock of one presenter while the other people present joke about putting a photograph on microblogging service Twitter. Another trailer shows small pieces of meat being fried in oil.


Britain's Telegraph newspaper says the show has 'caused a cannibalism storm'.

And Sky Television says 'a lawyer advised the show's producers that while cannibalism is not itself against the law, the presenters or the surgeon who operated on them could face legal difficulties.'

America's ABC news said the stunt is 'the most disgusting' story of the day.


In the Netherlands, opinion is divided about whether the presenters actually do eat human flesh or whether the trailer is a hoax.

In 2007, BNN staged a tv reality show which centred on people competing for a dying woman’s kidneys. That show turned out to be a hoax aimed at raising awareness for kidney patients.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

These are probably the same guys who lost a major part of their brain during a previous stunt. Would there be a veterinarian present during this procedure?

By Frank | 20 December 2011 4:58 PM

Just waiting for some Dutch citizen to comment about wanting to legalise cannibalism next. ;)

By Henk | 20 December 2011 5:33 PM

ROFL. Luv ja Frank :)

By jaycee | 20 December 2011 7:13 PM

when the hippies come on the scene with the drugs we had ''johnnie the selfkikker'who drilled a hole in his head ,always weird people about

By metha | 21 December 2011 5:06 AM

apparently this is what Dutch television viewers want to watch!! think about what message that sends out to the rest of the world, unbelievable. and they actually consciously choose to do these things, and send this crap out in the world so that it represents Dutch culture and society? I do not understand.

By Bill | 21 December 2011 6:52 AM

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