Monday, February 25, 2008

The Controversy That Wouldn't Die

In the blogosphere's version of Dawn of the Dead, the controversy surrounding the "Bodies Revealed" exhibit coming to Union Station just won't die.

The exhibit uses real human bodies that have been preserved in a special way to allow the isolation and display of various systems in the body, such as the circulatory system. Blogs all over the Kansas City area have been getting all worked up over accusations that some of the bodies being used may have been obtained without the person's authorization.

The show's creators dispute this stating that all bodies used in the "Bodies Revealed" exhibit are obtained from Chinese who willingly donated them to medical science and research. They also admit that another one of their exhibits, "Bodies... the Exhibition" does use unclaimed Chinese bodies.

Even if one is outraged that the bodies being used in the second exhibit, the one not, we repeat not, coming to Kansas City are being used without their permission, the fact remains that those "unclaimed" bodies came from those of executed prisoners, not model citizens and none, we repeat none, will be on display at Union Station.

All this much ado about nothing is just making us question the reading comprehension abilities of area bloggers that incorrectly link the two exhibits.


emawkc said...

Agreed. Like much blog fodder, it's a tempest in a teapot.

sdr256 said...

Actually, if you do any real indepth research into these exhibits, you'll find its all very incestuous. Roy Glover/Bodies Revealed/Arnie Geller/ Premier Exhibitions/ Gunther Von Hagens/ Hong Jin Sui/ Corcoran laboratories (you know, the ones selling body parts to anyone with a shopping cart?) -- --- all old buddies. All the same process of importing bodies as plastic teaching models to avoid the 'body' category which requires death certificates and CDC stamps. All doing business in China long long ago when it was still legal in China to do organ harvesting. OH sorry, that was only banned in 2004. But you know, far be it from ME to deny you your entertainment.

James said...

Entertainment? I always considered an exihibit designed to display and isolate systems in the human body and how they react to certian activities as more of an educational experience, but that's just me.

Anonymous said...

The companies hosting these exhibits are listed on Nasdaq in the 'entertainment' catgory, and this is how they market themselves to investors. They're showmen. And they know there's a sucker born every minute.