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    Dutch Talk-Show Host to Take Heroin on Air
    Sep 21 9:00 AM US/Eastern

    http://www.breitbart.com/news/2005/09/21/D8COLIUG1.html

    By TOBY STERLING
    Associated Press Writer

    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands

    The host of a new Dutch talk show plans to take heroin and other illegal drugs on air in a program intended to reach young audiences on topics that touch their lives, producers said Wednesday.

    The show, scheduled to premier on late-night television Oct. 10, is called "Spuiten & Slikken," or the "Shoot Up and Swallow" show.

    Even in the liberal Netherlands, where marijuana is sold and used openly, the proposed action by presenter Filemon Wesselink is illegal, and the idea was met with dismay by the ruling center-right Christian Democrat party.

    "This is dangerous, and it sets a bad example," said party spokesman Pieter Heerma. "We're going to ask the Justice Minister for his view on what the law says about this, and his view on the dangers and risks involved."

    Justice Ministry spokesman Ivo Hommes said it wasn't immediately clear whether Wesselink would be prosecuted: possession of any amount of heroin is illegal but in practice police usually don't have resources to chase after people with less than a half a gram.

    "The actual taking of drugs is a health problem, not a criminal act, though it's obviously hard to take drugs without possessing them first," Hommes said. "In any case it's not something we endorse, and doing it on television is undesirable."

    The Shoot Up & Swallow show's main hostess will interview guests about drug use and abuse, while Wesselink and another presenter will carry out in-the-field experiments with sex and drugs.

    Wesselink, 26, plans to ingest heroin in the form of a pill, said Ingrid Timmer, a spokeswoman for the show's producer BNN.

    "It's not our intention to create an outcry. We just want to talk about subjects that are part of young people's lives," Timmer said.

    In other segments of the show, Wesselink plans to go on a drinking binge in a series of pubs. He also will try LSD _ on his couch under the supervision of his mother.

    The Netherlands is known for its marijuana policy, where sale and use of the drug in small quantities are not prosecuted even though technically illegal. Other drugs, including LSD, cocaine, Ecstasy and heroin are outlawed and dealers are prosecuted. The legal age for the consumption of alcohol and tobacco is 16.

    According to information from the Netherlands' Trimbos Institute, which monitors drug use, the Dutch are in the middle of international norms for drug use. The institute says 6 percent of Dutch have used marijuana recently, compared with 8 percent in the United States, 9 percent in Britain and 9 percent in France. For cocaine, it was 1.1 percent in Holland _ and rising quickly _ compared to 1.3 percent in the U.S., 1.5. percent in Britain and 0.3 percent in France. Comparable data for heroin use were not available.

    BNN has drawn viewer complaints for programs in the past, including a sex education program called "This Is How You Screw." One segment discussed how to have sex in a nightclub and featured life-size mannequins with sex organs.

    Last month, the Dutch show "Big Brother," made by a different producer, included a pregnant woman in its cast, raising the possibility she would give birth on TV.

    The Dutch Labor ministry ruled the woman, known as Tanja, would not be allowed to give birth on camera but the newborn could appear on the program for several hours.
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  • #2
    Guarantee the LSD trip with his mother supervising will be a blast! NOT!

    This guy is just plain crazy, IMO.

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    • #3
      why not just bring on a coke addict?

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      • #4
        QUOTE(MsFunkay @ Sep 21 2005, 03:30 PM) Quoted post

        why not just bring on a coke addict?
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        I had to work.

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        • #5
          QUOTE(TripMcNeely @ Sep 21 2005, 02:34 PM) Quoted post

          QUOTE(MsFunkay @ Sep 21 2005, 03:30 PM) Quoted post

          why not just bring on a coke addict?
          [/b][/quote]

          I had to sell my body for money to buy more coke.
          [/b][/quote]

          now that's much better [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif[/img]

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          • #6
            What if Filemon Wesselink finds out what he's been missing all of these years? Ooops!

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            • #7
              QUOTE(MsFunkay @ Sep 21 2005, 03:36 PM) Quoted post

              QUOTE(TripMcNeely @ Sep 21 2005, 02:34 PM) Quoted post

              QUOTE(MsFunkay @ Sep 21 2005, 03:30 PM) Quoted post

              why not just bring on a coke addict?
              [/b][/quote]

              I had to sell my body for money to buy more coke.
              [/b][/quote]

              now that's much better [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif[/img]
              [/b][/quote]

              Now, just because you don't have a nose that anyone wants at a coke party doesn't mean you have to get mean. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wink.gif[/img]

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