AMSTERDAM — Endemol’s controversial new reality titles “Sperm Race” where men compete for the title of “most virile man” and “Make Me a Mum” where the winner is likely to provide sperm for a childless woman, may run afoul of Dutch law.
Endemol is close to sealing deals in the UK and Germany and is in talks with broadcasters in Holland, but Joop Atsma, a member of parliament from the Christian Democratic Alliance (CDA), has asked the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport to look into whether the programs might violate an “Embryo Law” which, among other things, does not allow the use of sperm for commercial purposes.
Atsma said the CDA “has serious questions as well about the morality of a show that concerns itself more with ratings than the integrity and dignity of human beings.” The center party the CDA is one of the largest political parties in Holland.
Richard Lancee, a spokesman for the ministry, told Daily Variety no decision can be made until Endemol unveils the particulars of the formats. “This is unknown terrain for us and there are a lot of different factors that could affect such a ruling. Once they give us the details of the format, we can investigate whether it violates the Embryo Law.”
Endemol has said that despite the obvious shock value of the format titles, the subject matter addresses a serious problem — infertility — in an entertaining and informative manner.