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| Dutch BB may show live birth
| Monday, August 29, 2005
This is Tanja. She's 27, living in the Dutch city of Gronengen, aspires to study law someday, and she's seven months pregnant.
Her connection to our blog? She's also a contestant on the newest version of the Dutch reality show Big Brother, the origin of the American version of the same name.
By doing simple math and a quickie course in basic high school sex education, it's likely that if Tanja stays in the game for long enough, she'll give birth on national television.
Despite Dutch laws on sex and nudity being fairly wink-wink nudge-nudge say no more, the government is debating whether to issue a permit to the newborn baby permitting it to appear on TV, since the infant will effectively be a child actor.
The Dutch laws on child actors state that a child may only appear on television four times before they are seven, and that the appearances cannot be longer than four hours. They can only be filmed during daylight hours, and not be the center of the program.
Producers of the show say that they have spoken with medical authorities, and they have determined that if proper medical standards were observed, the baby would not be affected spending time in the Big Brother house.
The Dutch version of Big Brother is essentially a popularity contest, with viewers voting off contestants. You may recall that this was tried in the first season of the American version, and viewers quickly voted out all the controversial players, leaving a bland household. The second season featured the current voting system, with players evicting other players.
By the voting system in place, Tanja might last the two months necessarily to bring her to her due date. However, she did shock houseguests by smoking several cigarettes, which is not something you should ideally do if you've got a baby in ya.
(photo courtesy of the Associated Press)
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