Netflix show Chambers criticised for ‘exploiting organ donation’

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Netflix show Chambers criticised for ‘exploiting organ donation’



Chambers has proved controversial among certain groups (Picture: Netflix)Netflix’s new show Chambers has been criticised by organ donor advocates over negative misrepresentation of transplantation, with experts claiming it could ‘cost lives’.
The new series follows Sasha Yazzie (Sivan Alyra Rose), who suffers a heart attack while attempting to lose her virginity.
She’s given a second chance, however, after having a heart transplant, with her new heart’s origin becoming a fascination which takes the character down a creepy paranormal path.
Chambers has been criticised by organ donor organisations, who believe the show perpetuates a myth about the procedure.

Uma Thurman also stars in the show (Picture: Netflix)Tenaya Wallace, founder and director of Donate Life Hollywood, said: ‘We understand and support creative storytelling, but writers and producers have to be very careful when it comes to perpetuating damaging myths about organ donation.
‘The public does not see the difference between Hollywood storylines and reality. This is because unlike televised sex and violence, the public does not have information or other influences to counter what they see in a fictional story.
‘The public’s fears about organ donation mirror exactly what’s being shown on entertainment television, and that is deadly to the 114,000 men, women and children currently in need of a lifesaving transplant.’
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Dr. Susan Morgan, a researcher at the University of Miami who authored a series of research articles examining the impact of organ donation storylines on viewers, said: ‘Make no mistake, this show will cost some people their lives.’
A number of other organ donor advocates have also picked fault with the show’s depiction.

Donate Life Hollywood are calling for Netflix to create an advisory video telling viewers about organ donation, much like how they treated 13 Reasons Why season 2 on suicide prevention.
Metro.co.uk has reached out to Netflix for comment.
You can catch Chambers streaming on Netflix.
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